Dissertations on fab labs and maker culture

A list of doctoral dissertations and master’s theses on open design, fab labs, makerspaces,  digital fabrication, 3D printing, maker culture, etc.. Contact me to add yours, and sorry if I missed it!

Doctoral Dissertations

Ali, Sayed, 2023. How State-of-the-Art Makerspace Stations Contribute to Differences in Students’ Learning: A Mixed Methods Case Study of a Bilingual High School in Kuwait. PhD dissertation. Lancaster University, UK. https://doi.org/10.17635/lancaster/thesis/2006 (embargo until June 2024).

Fiore, Francesca, 2023. A Constructionist Approach for the Future of Learning. Doctoral thesis. University of Trento, Information and Communication Technology, Italy. https://hdl.handle.net/11572/398731

Norouzi, Behnaz, 2023. Adults, space, tasks, and equipment shaping children’s digital fabrication and making: A nexus-analytical inquiry. PhD dissertation. University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Finland. https://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:9789526239088

Petz, Marcus Kit, 2023. Community Currencies: A mechanism for rural renaissance, promise and practicalities. PhD dissertation. University of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Finland. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-9710-6

Asión Suñer, Laura, 2022. El diseño modular en la creación de productos para prosumer [in Spanish]. Doctoral thesis. University of Zaragoza, Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura, Spain. https://zaguan.unizar.es/record/119632#

Crawford Barniskis, Shannon, 2022. Convivial Making: Power in Public Library Creative Places. Doctoral dissertation. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Information Studies, USA. https://dc.uwm.edu/etd/2988

Dammicco, Valeria, 2022. The emergent process of entrepreneurial innovation: Evidence from Fabrication Spaces. Doctoral dissertation. University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, UK. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.87836

Dowell, Zack, 2022. Making Connections to Make Meaning: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study of Community College Maker Educators Working (within) the System. Doctoral dissertation.  California State University, Sacramento , USA. https://scholars.csus.edu/esploro/outputs/doctoral/Making-connections-to-make-meaning-a/99257983063901671

Durán–López, Elena Cristina, 2022. Co-designing an Indigenous Making Learning Ecology Centered in Wellbeing. Doctoral dissertation. University of California, Berkeley, Science and Mathematics Education, USA. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/41c0c0cd

Ekman, Karin, 2022. Making sense of sensing: Learning through Maker-based Civic Engagement. Doctoral dissertation. University of Gothenburg, Department of Applied Information Technology, Sweden. https://hdl.handle.net/2077/70614

Hirsch, Mare E., 2022. Making in Time: How Timescale Impacts the Experience, Outcomes, and Expressive Opportunities of Digital Fabrication. Doctoral dissertation. University of California Santa Barbara, Media Arts & Technology, USA. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3n92d0tt

Landwehr Sydow, Sophie, 2022. Makers, Materials and Machines: Understanding Experience and Situated Embodied Practice in the Makerspace. Doctoral Dissertation. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden. http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-49972

Sipos, Regina, 2022. Critical Technical Practice in Grassroots Innovation: Proposals of Change through Indonesian Collective Intrinsic Design. Doctoral dissertation. Technical University of Berlin, Faculty I, Humanities and Educational Sciences, Germany. Abstract: https://verlag.tu-berlin.de/abstracts/diss/sipos_regina_abstract.pdf

Balamir, Selçuk, 2021. Unsustaining the commodity-machine: Commoning practices in postcapitalist design. Doctoral dissertation. University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, Netherlands. https://dare.uva.nl/search?identifier=41641ebe-104c-4572-9b5f-56f64c9390a1

Millet, Eduardo Jose, 2021. The Role of Sense of Community on Knowledge Sharing Behavior in Makerspaces. Doctoral Dissertation. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Business Administration, USA. https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/role-sense-community-on-knowledge-sharing/docview/2596654982/se-2

Olson, Christine, 2021. Makerspace Models and Organizational Policies for Technological Inclusion. Doctoral dissertation. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Communication, USA. https://doi.org/10.7275/20773378

Priavolou, Christina, 2021. Towards a Convivial Built Environment: Developing an Open Construction Systems Framework. Doctoral dissertation. Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia. https://digikogu.taltech.ee/en/Item/b40df326-a809-4e7e-90d3-65afa73cfa51

Robra, Ben, 2021. Degrowth and Commons-based Peer Production Organisations: understanding the Role and Implications of an Alternative Mode of Production in achieving a Degrowth Society. PhD dissertation. University of Leeds, UK. https://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/29837/

Dilek, Özgün, 2020. An onto-phenomenological inquiry on the post-industrial maker experiences through the lens of actor network theory. PhD dissertation. Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology, Department of Industrial Product Design, Turkey. http://hdl.handle.net/11527/20006

Loose, Elisabeth, 2020. A morphological exploration into gender inclusiveness and environmental attitudes concerning Maker practices in Makerspaces in the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria. PhD thesis. University of Glasgow, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Scotland. http://theses.gla.ac.uk/81629/

Menichinelli, Massimo, 2020. Open and collaborative design processes: Meta-Design, ontologies and platforms within the Maker Movement. Doctoral dissertation. Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Espoo, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/47213

Oladele-Emmanuel, Babasile Daniel, 2020. Measuring and Managing User Innovation in Emerging Economies: Case Study of South-West Nigeria. Doctoral dissertation. Der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, Germany. https://openhsu.ub.hsu-hh.de/handle/10.24405/9825

Papa, Gerdi, 2020. The Waste and the Digital: End-of-life materials and digital procedures as an opportunity for architectural sustainable development. Doctoral dissertation. POLIS University, Tirana, Albania. https://issuu.com/polisuniversity/docs/gpapa-phd_thesis

Timmons, Thomas David, 2020. Underrepresented Populations in Educational Makerspaces: The Voice of African American Female Students. Doctoral dissertation. Miami University, Educational Leadership, USA. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=miami1586349847069158

Braybrooke, Kaitlyn, 2019. Hacking the museum? Collections makerspaces and power in London cultural institutions. Doctoral thesis (PhD). University of Sussex, School of Media, Film and Music, UK. http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/89394/

Christensen, Kasper Skov, 2019. Digital Design Literacy in K-12 Education. Aarhus University, Faculty of ARTS, School of Communication and Culture, Denmark. https://doi.org/10.7146/aul.358

Hjorth, Mikkel, 2019. The K-12 Maker Studio: Towards Teaching and Development of Design Literacy in Educational Maker Settings. PhD thesis. Aarhus University, Research Centre for Pedagogy and Bildung, Denmark. https://ebooks.au.dk/aul/catalog/book/355

Krebs, Vaughn M., 2019. Making Experts: An Ethnographic Study of “Makers” in FabLabs in Japan. Doctoral dissertation. University of Kentucky, Department of Anthropology Theses and Dissertations–Anthropologyhttps://doi.org/10.13023/etd.2020.026

Nachtigall, Troy Robert, 2019. Materializing data: Craftsmanship and technology for ultra-personalization. Doctoral dissertation. Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Industrial Design, Netherlands. https://research.tue.nl/en/publications/materializing-data-craftsmanship-and-technology-for-ultra-persona

Savvides, Leandros, 2019. 3D Printing: Politics, Material Hacking And Grassroots. Doctoral dissertation. University of Leicester, School of Management. https://figshare.le.ac.uk/articles/thesis/3D_Printing_Politics_Material_Hacking_And_Grassroots/10211555

Torres, Cesar Armando, 2019. Hybrid Aesthetics: Briding Material Practices and Digital Fabrication through Computational Crafting Proxies. Doctoral dissertation. University of California, Berkeley, USA. https://www2.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2019/EECS-2019-109.html

Boeva, Yana, 2018. Break, Make, Retake: Interrogating the Social and Historical Dimensions of Making as a Design Practice. Doctoral dissertation. York University, Science & Technology Studies, Canada. https://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/handle/10315/35785

Botleng, Vomaranda Joy, 2018. Aligning cognitive processes with the design process in a University-based digital fabrication laboratory (Ub-Fablab). Doctoral dissertation. Université de Bordeaux, Mechanics [physics], France. https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-02000670/document

Champion, Dionne N., 2018. The STEAM Dance Makerspace: A Context for Integration: An Investigation of Learning at the Intersections of STEM, Art, Making and Embodiment. Doctoral dissertation. Northwestern University, Learning Sciences, Evanston, Illinois, USA. https://doi.org/10.21985/n2-a3nb-5722

Cuartielles, David, 2018. Platform Design: Creating Meaningful Toolboxes When People Meet. Doctoral dissertation. Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society, School of Arts and Communication, Sweden. https://muep.mau.se/handle/2043/26130

Farmer, Nicole M., 2018. Maker Meaning: An Exploration of the Maker Movement, Career Adaptability, and Life Satisfaction. Doctoral dissertation (PhD). University of Kansas, Educational Psychology and the Graduate Faculty, USA. http://hdl.handle.net/1808/27552

李, 建佑 On-demand digital customization for perfect-fit medical product-distributed design agent approach (本文), 慶應義塾大学大学院政策・メディア研究科. 国立国会図書館デジタルコレクション [Author Jianyou Li, 2018, Doctoral dissertation, Keio University, Japan, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/196529592.pdf] https://dl.ndl.go.jp/pid/11279106

Mazzilli-Daechsel, Stefano, 2018. Invention and Resistance: FabLabs against Proletarianization. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis. University of Kent, Universität Hamburg. https://kar.kent.ac.uk/71693/

Smith, Thomas SJ, 2018. Material geographies of the maker movement: Community workshops and the making of sustainability in Edinburgh, Scotland. Doctoral dissertation. University of St Andrews, Scotland. https://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/handle/10023/12815

Zollars, Jeffrey, 2018. Flow Theory and Engagement: Observing Engagement through the Lens of Flow in a Middle School Integrated Maker Space. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, USA. http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/33700/

Bakırlıoğlu, Yekta, 2017. Open Design for Product/Part Longevity: Research through Co-designing with a Focus on Small Kitchen Appliances. Doctoral dissertation. Middle East Technical University, Industrial Design Department, Ankara, Turkey. http://etd.lib.metu.edu.tr/upload/12621342/index.pdf

Boisseau, Étienne, 2017. Open-Design: Modeling the open design process in the development of tangible products. Doctoral dissertation. Paris Institute of Technology, l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, France. https://pastel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-02148441

Collins, Cathy E., 2017. We are all makers: A case study of one suburban district’s implementation of makerspaces. Doctoral dissertation. Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies, School of Education, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/D20265170

Foster, Ellen, 2017. Making Cultures: Politics of Inclusion, Accessibility, and Empowerment at the Margins of the Maker Movement. Doctoral dissertation. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Science & Technology Studies, USA. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED580488

Jensen, Matilde Bisballe, 2017. Opportunities of Industry-Based Makerspaces – New Ways of Prototyping in the Fuzzy Front End. A Study of the Role of Prototypes and Maker Mentality in the Fuzzy Front End of Engineering Design. PhD thesis. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. http://hdl.handle.net/11250/2484939. Full text available on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Matilde-Jensen/publication/325858089_Opportunities_of_Industry-Based_Makerspaces_-_New_Ways_of_Prototyping_in_the_Early_Fuzzy_Front_End/links/5b2975dfa6fdcc72db02a0f9/Opportunities-of-Industry-Based-Makerspaces-New-Ways-of-Prototyping-in-the-Early-Fuzzy-Front-End.pdf

Lee, Yu-Ling, 2017. Designing technotheologies : ethics, pedagogies, and spiritualities in maker actor-networks. Doctoral dissertation. University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education, Canada. https://open.library.ubc.ca/soa/cIRcle/collections/ubctheses/24/items/1.0348246

Moilanen, Jarkko, 2017. 3D Printing Focused Peer Production: Revolution in design, development and manufacturing. Doctoral dissertation. University of Tampere, Faculty of Communication Sciences, Finland. https://tampub.uta.fi/handle/10024/101691

Rozas, David, 2017. Self-organisation in commons-based peer production: Drupal – “the drop is always moving”. University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/845121/

West-Puckett, Stephanie J., 2017. Materializing Makerspaces: Queerly Composing Space, Time, and (What) Matter. Doctoral dissertation. East Carolina University, Department of English, Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication, USA. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/6344

Applin, Sally A., 2016. Disrupting Silicon Valley Dreams: Adaptations through Making, Being, and Branding. Doctoral dissertation. University of Kent, School of Anthropology and Conservation, UK.

Bosqué, Camille, 2016. La fabrication numérique personnelle, pratiques et discours d’un design diffus : enquête au coeur des FabLabs, hackerspaces et makerspaces de 2012 à 2015 [Personal digital fabrication, discourses and practices of diffuse design: A survey into FabLabs, hackerspaces and makerspaces between 2012 and 2015]. Doctoral dissertation (French). Université Rennes 2, Esthétique et sciences de l’art, Spécialité design, École doctorale Arts, lettres, langues, France. http://www.theses.fr/2016REN20009

Doubrovsky, E.L., 2016. Design Methodology for Additive Manufacturing: Supporting Designers in the Exploitation of Additive Manufacturing Affordances. Doctoral dissertation. Delft University of Technology, Mechatronic design, the Netherlands. http://repository.tudelft.nl/islandora/object/uuid:d4214bb0-5bfd-43fe-af42-01247762b661?collection=research

Kohtala, Cindy, 2016. Making Sustainability: How Fab Labs Address Environmental Issues. Doctoral dissertation. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design, Helsinki, Finland. https://shop.aalto.fi/media/attachments/f8dd3/Kohtala.pdf

Kyriakou, Harris, 2016. Collective Innovation: Novelty, Reuse and their Interplay. Doctoral Dissertation. Faculty of the Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ, USA. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2931473

Lacy, Jennifer E., 2016. A Case Study of a High School Fab Lab. Doctoral dissertation. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Curriculum & Instruction, USA.

Lyles, Dan Allen, 2016. Generative Contexts. Science and Technology Studies. Doctoral dissertation. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA. http://www3.hass.rpi.edu/eglash/pdi/fall2016/readings/Lyles%20-%20Generative%20Contexts%20%28Final%29.pdf

Niaros, Vasileios, 2016. Making (in) the Smart City: Urban Makerspaces for Commons-Based Peer Production in Innovation, Education and Community-Building. Doctoral dissertation. Tallinn University of Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn, Estonia. https://digi.lib.ttu.ee/i/?5405

Peek, Nadya, 2016. Making machines that make: Object-oriented hardware meets object-oriented software. Doctoral dissertation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, USA. https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/107578

Ramanauskaitė, Eglė, 2016. Technarium Hackerspace: Community-Enabled Informal Learning in Science and Technology. Doctoral dissertation. Vilnius University, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Education, Lithuania.

Searle, Kristin A., 2016. Culturally responsive computing for American Indian youth: Making activities with electronic textiles in the native studies classroom. Doctoral dissertation. University of Pennsylvania, Education and Anthropology, USA. http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI10124633/

Shin, Myunghwan, 2016. A makerspace for all: Youth learning, identity, and design in a community-based makerspace. Doctoral dissertation. Michigan State University, Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education, USA.

Somerville, Rachel E., 2016. Making In Education: A Study Of Teachers Decisions To Participate In Professional Development, Their Emerging Understandings Of Making, And Teacher Plans For Implementation. Doctoral dissertation. University of California, Davis, Education, Educational Leadership, USA.

Toombs, Austin Lewis, 2016. Care and the Construction of Hacker Identities, Communities and Society. Doctoral dissertation. Indiana University, School of Informatics and Computing, USA. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/dspace/handle/2022/20880

Weichel, Christian, 2016. Mixed physical and virtual design environments for digital fabrication. Doctoral dissertation. Lancaster University, Faculty of Science and Technology, School of Computing & Communications, UK. http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/77782/

Dias, Pedro João Jacinto da Silva, 2015.  Design e auto-produção : novos paradigmas para o design de artefactos na sociedade pós-industrial : a contribuição das tecnologias digitais. Doctoral dissertation. Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Portugal. http://repositorio.ul.pt/handle/10451/17815

Hermans, Guido, 2015. Opening Up Design: Engaging the Layperson in the Design of Everyday Products. Doctoral dissertation. Umeå Institute of Design, Faculty of Science and Technology, Industrial Design. Umeå Institute of Design Research Publications, No. 002. Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden. http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A852481&dswid=7729

Justice, Sean Bradley, 2015. Learning to teach in the digital age: Digital materiality and maker paradigms in schools. Doctoral dissertation. Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, USA. NOTE: now a book (2016), published by Peter Lang: https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/31836

Mota, Sofia Catarina, 2015. Bits, Atoms, and Information Sharing: new opportunities for participation. Doctoral dissertation. Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Departamento de Ciências da Comunicação, Portugal. http://hdl.handle.net/10362/14505

Philips, Robert Daniel, 2015. The Bee Lab kit: Activities engaging motivated lay users in the use of open technologies for citizen science activities. Doctoral dissertation. Royal College of Art, School of Design, London, UK. http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/1694/

Bianchini, Massimo, 2014. Industrious design : Design e cambiamento dei modelli di (micro)produzione nell’ibridazione tra individuo e organizzazione [Industrious design: The role of design in the evolution of (micro)production models enabled by the hybridization of individuals and organizations]. Doctoral dissertation (Italian). Politecnico di Milano, Industrial Design, Department of Design, Italy. http://hdl.handle.net/10589/97942

Capdevila, Ignasi, 2014. Coworkers, Makers, and Fabbers: Global, Local and Internal Dynamics of Innovation in Localized Communities in Barcelona. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Montréal, HEC Montréal, Canada. https://ignasi.cat/phd-thesis/

Dexter, Matt, 2014. Open Design and Medical Products. Doctoral dissertation. Sheffield Hallam University, UK. http://shura.shu.ac.uk/12190/

Leduc-Mills, Benjamin A., 2014. Embodied Fabrication: Body-Centric Devices for Novice Designers. Doctoral dissertation. University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Computer Science, USA. http://benatwork.cc/wp-content/uploads/thesis.pdf

Neves, Heloisa, 2014. Maker innovation. Do open design e fab labs… às estratégias inspiradas no movimento maker. Doctoral dissertation. Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil. http://www.bv.fapesp.br/pt/bolsas/132076/maker-innovation-do-open-design-e-fab-labs-as-estrategias-inspiradas-no-movimento-maker/

Seravalli, Anna, 2014. Making Commons: Attempts at composing prospects in the opening of production. Doctoral dissertation. Mälmö University, Faculty: Culture and Society, Department: School of Arts and Communication, Interaction Design. Dissertation series: New Media, Public Sphere and Forms of Expression, Mälmö, Sweden. https://dspace.mah.se/handle/2043/17232

Poderi, Giacomo, 2013. Making Sense of Users Participation in Open Source Projects: The case of a Mature Video Game. PhD thesis. University of Trento, Sociology and Social Research, Italy. http://eprints-phd.biblio.unitn.it/919/

Sauer, Sabrina, 2013. User innovativeness in living laboratories: Everyday user improvisations with ICTs as a source of innovation. PhD thesis. University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036500128

Rajan, Prashant, 2012. Organizing Grassroots Innovations: Examining Knowledge Creation and Sharing Practices for Technological Innovation at the Grassroots. Doctoral dissertation. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/dissertations/AAI3556573/

Sinclair, Matthew, 2012. The specification of a consumer design toolkit to support personalised production via additive manufacturing. Doctoral dissertation. Loughborough University, Design School, UK. https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/11051

Aldoy, Noor N., 2011. An investigation into a digital strategy for industrial design education. Doctoral dissertation. Loughborough University, Design School, UK. https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/8767

Balka, Kerstin, 2011. Open Source Product Development: The Meaning and Relevance of Openness. Doctoral dissertation. Hamburg University of Technology Hamburg-Harburg, Germany. Published by Gabler, Springer. http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-8349-6949-1

Silver, Matthew Robin, 2010. Open Collaborative System Design: A Strategic Framework with Application to Synthetic Biology. Doctoral dissertation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, USA. https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/63012

Zheng, Jing, 2009. Open Collaborative Mechanical/Product Design: User as Developer. A New Design Methodology for Internet Era Business Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Doctoral dissertation. Washington University, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Structural Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. http://openscholarship.wustl.edu/etd/401/

von Busch, Otto, 2008. Fashion-able: Hacktivism and Engaged Fashion Design. Doctoral dissertation. University of Gothenburg, School of Design and Crafts, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, Sweden. https://konst.gu.se/artmonitor/avhandlingar/otto_von_busch

Sawhney, Nitin, 2003. Cooperative innovation in the commons: Rethinking distributed collaboration and intellectual property for sustainable design innovation. Doctoral dissertation. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, USA. https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/61861

Master’s theses

Eeraerts, Marthe, 2023. Alternative Fashion Production for Sustainable Development: Distribution and Cosmolocality. Exploring local sustainable development enabled by Flanders’ makerpaces. Master’s thesis. Hoghschule Fresenius, Akademie Mode & Design, Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries, Berlin, Germany.

Akter Nasrin, 2020. System-Supported Instructor Feedback on the Students’ Design and Prototyping Processes in Fab Lab Education Context. Master’s thesis. University of Oulu, Degree Programme in Computer Science and Engineering. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/344911374.pdf

Daly, Henry, 2020. Design for hacking & repair: A practical experiment. Master’s thesis. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/102880

Kliuciute, Simona, 2020. Upcycling Textiles. Master’s thesis. Master’s Programme in Contemporary Design, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/101790

Adeegbe, Joshua Muyiwa, 2019. A System Supporting Analysis of Prototyping in Fab Lab Education. Master’s Thesis. University of Oulu, Degree Programme in Computer Science and Engineering. https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/344908441.pdf

Park, Goeun, 2019. Rethinking social acceptance of renewable energy. Master’s thesis. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Creative Sustainability Master’s Programme, Espoo, Finland.https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/38461

Lachner, Valentina, 2018. The Sweater Work / Shop. Master’s thesis. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Product and Spatial Design Master’s Programme, Espoo, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/30225

Sherer, Samantha, 2018. Objects that Create Community: Effects of 3D Printing and Distributed Manufacturing beyond Circular Economy. Master’s thesis. OCAD University, Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design, Canada. http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2291/

Sirelä, Minni-Maaria, 2018. Makeable design: Designing and sharing DIY furniture. Master’s thesis. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/32325

Harrison, Peter Hugh, 2017. The participatory design of a human-powered shredder for urban farmers in Soweto. Thesis for Master’s of Technology Industrial Design. University of Johannesburg. Available on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/316734647_The_participatory_design_of_a_human-powered_shredder_for_urban_farmers_in_Soweto?actorId=5820216

Sturmlehner, Marlene, 2017. Entrepreneurship education in action: How FabLabs influence entrepreneurial intention. Master’s thesis. Universität Linz, Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business, Institut für Innovationsmanagement, Austria. https://epub.jku.at/obvulihs/content/titleinfo/2246362

Durant, Kathryn M., 2016. The maker movement and 3D printing: A critique. Master’s thesis. San Diego State University, Sociology, USA.

Fornasini, Giacomo, 2016. Investigation into the influence of build parameters on failure of 3D printed parts. Master’s thesis. University of Maryland, Mechanical Engineering Department, USA. http://drum.lib.umd.edu/handle/1903/18836

Hector, Philip, 2016. Trojan Horse: Re-framing sustainable practices as “design support” to attract new practitioners. Master’s thesis. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design, Helsinki, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/23580

Dickerson, Kathryn, 2015. The Innovation Makerspace: Geographies of Digital Fabrication Innovation in Greater New York City. Master’s thesis. The City University of New York, Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Hunter College, USA. http://academicworks.cuny.edu/hc_sas_etds/8/

Faller, Nicholas L., 2015. Networks of Making. Master’s thesis. University of Washington, Architecture, USA. http://hdl.handle.net/1773/35068

Jobse, Koert, 2015. Catching trains of thought: UX guidelines for facilitating knowledge exchange between makers. Master’s thesis. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design, Helsinki, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/19027

Morimoto, Taro, 2015. Pelori – Designing a digital service for maker projects through research. Master’s thesis. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Helsinki, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/18095

Oates, Amy, 2015. Evidences of Learning in an Art Museum Makerspace. Master’s thesis. University of Washington, Museology, USA. https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/handle/1773/33432

Schnedeker, Marya, 2015. An Exploration of Introductory Training Experiences in 3D Design and 3D Printing. Master’s thesis. Tufts University, Human Factors, Medford, Massachusetts, USA.

Bagiński, Jan, 2014. Budynek wielorodzinny otwartego kodu [Open Source Housing]. Master’s thesis (Polish). Warsaw University of Technology, Architecture and Urban Planning, Poland. https://apd.usos.pw.edu.pl/diplomas/488/

Blanchard, Michelle, 2014. Maker movement and hope in a developing country context: A community empowered through hope and creativity. Master’s thesis. OCAD University, Design, Strategic foresight and innovation, Canada. https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/107

Lumans, Christine Zinta, 2014. Printable products: Investigating three-dimensional printing in the design process of interior products. Master’s thesis. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA. https://libres.uncg.edu/ir/uncg/listing.aspx?id=16191

Muhur, Melike, 2014. Evaluation of a Proposal for a Production Center “Fab Lab” as a means of Realization Open Design. Master’s thesis (Turkish). Istanbul Technical University, Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology, Istanbul, Turkey.

Patokorpi, Lassi, 2014. The Art and Craft of the Machine: 3D Printing, the Arts and Crafts Movement and the Democratization of Art. Master’s thesis. University of Tampere, School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies, English Philology, Tampere, Finland. https://tampub.uta.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/95658/GRADU-1402572504.pdf

Rodriguez, Edison, 2014. Open Design no cenário contemporâneo. [Open design in the contemporary context.] Master’s thesis (Portuguese). UNESP (Universidade Estadual Paulista), Brazil. http://repositorio.unesp.br/bitstream/handle/11449/126304/000838099.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Sherrill, John T., 2014. Makers: Technical Communication in Post-Industrial Participatory Communities. Master’s thesis. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/open_access_theses/378/

Torretta, Nicholas, 2014. A journey through alternative ways of living. Master’s thesis. Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design, Helsinki, Finland. https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/14003

Weinmann, Julian, 2014. Makerspaces in the university community. Master’s thesis. Technische Universität München, Institute of Product Development, Germany. https://web.stanford.edu/group/design_education/wikiupload/0/0a/Weinmann_Masters_Thesis.pdf

Gardner, Alec J., 2013. The Architecture of Mass Collaboration: How Open Source Commoning Will Change Everything. Master’s thesis. University of Cincinnati, Architecture, USA. https://etd.ohiolink.edu/pg_10?0::NO:10:P10_ETD_SUBID:4686

Heltzel-Drake, Ryan, 2012. Technocraft: Community Fabrication in Rainier Beach. Master’s thesis. University of Washington, Architecture, USA. https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/handle/1773/21893

Paiva, Juliana, 2012. Towards Openness: A Study about Open Design and its Translation from Theory into Practice. Master’s thesis. University of Amsterdam, New Media & Digital Culture, the Netherlands. http://scriptiesonline.uba.uva.nl/en/scriptie/426987

Suarez Carmona, Mariana, 2012. The Value of Design as a Holistic Approach in Enhancing a Global Brand: The Case Study of Heineken Open Design Explorations. Master’s thesis. Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Strategic Product Design, the Netherlands. http://repository.tudelft.nl/islandora/object/uuid:024f30d8-bd02-4689-aca4-acb0c4de294b?collection=education

Zhou, He, 2012. Fabiji: A Tablet Kiosk to Facilitate Creating and Sharing Documentation at Fab Labs. Master’s thesis. RWTH Aachen University, Computer Science Department, Germany. https://publications.rwth-aachen.de/record/48773 ; https://hci.rwth-aachen.de/publications/he2012.pdf

Wong, Garry Chun Yang, 2011. Open Source Hardware: The history, issues, and impact on digital humanities. Master’s thesis. University of Alberta, Humanities Computing, Edmonton, Canada. https://era.library.ualberta.ca/files/4m90dw364#.WIZrbz9MZE4

de Bruijn, Erik, 2010. On the viability of the open source development model for the design of physical objects: Lessons learned from the RepRap project. Master’s thesis. University of Tilburg, Department of Information Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, the Netherlands. http://thesis.erikdebruijn.nl/master/Latex/MscScr-EdB.pdf

Nunez, Joseph Gabriel, 2010. Prefab the FabLab: Rethinking the habitability of a fabrication lab by including fixture-based components. Master’s thesis. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Architecture Studies, Department of Architecture, USA. https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/59201

Turner, Robin, 2010. Open Source as a Tool for Communal Technology Development: Using Appropriate Technology Criteria to Determine the Impact of Open Source Technologies on Communities as Delivered Through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fab Lab Projects. Master’s thesis. University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of the Arts, Wits School of Arts, Digital Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa. http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/handle/10539/8615

Menichinelli, Massimo, 2006. Reti collaborative : Il design por una auto-organizzazione Open Peer-to-Peer. Master’s thesis (Italian). Politecnico di Milano, Faculty of Design, Industrial Design, Italy. https://issuu.com/openp2pdesign/docs/reti-collaborative

Here is the original list (in reverse order and with open design in different lists): https://blogs.aalto.fi/makerculture/2017/01/24/doctoral-dissertations-and-masters-theses/

11 Comments to “Dissertations on fab labs and maker culture”

  1. admin

    Added Dowell 2022, Millet 2021, Oladele-Emmanuel 2020, Papa 2020, Nachtigall 2019, Zollars 2018, Lee 2017, Peek 2016, Capdevila 2014

  2. admin

    Added Eeraerts 2023, Ekman 2022, Sipos 2022, Olson 2021, Robra 2021, Champion 2018, 李 Li 2018, Collins 2017, West-Puckett 2017, Blanchard 2014


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.