As a research initiative, DEED is also an umbrella project for faculty to investigate their own areas of scholarship and research relating to design, development, entrepreneurship, and empowerment. 

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  • Lawson, Cynthia. 2009. The New School Collaborates: Teaching and Learning Design and Social Responsibility in Immersive International Field Programs. Proceedings from MX Design Conference 2009 Impacto Social del Diseño. 84-7 (PDF of Proceedings available online here)

Talks and Workshops

  • Lawson, Cynthia. 2016. DEED Research Lab, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. (August)

  • Lawson, Cynthia. 2014. DEED: Lessons and Methods from 7 Years of Social Collaborative Projects. Presentation at AIGA Design Educators Conference New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education, Portland, United States, September 12.

  • Lawson, Cynthia. 2012. DEED: Artisan Collaborations through Design and Empowerment. Keynote presentation at Global Fashion Conference, Madrid, Spain, November 15.
  • Berdiel, Fabiola and Lawson, Cynthia. 2012. Diseño, Innovación, y Artesanías sin Fronteras: el caso de DEED. Presentation at Universidad Autónoma de Manizales, Manizales, Colombia, June 1.
  • Lawson, Cynthia. 2011. DEED: A Case Study for Meaningful and Socially-Engaged Design Education. Presentation at Cumulus Paris 2011 Conference, Paris-Sévres, May 20.
  • Berdiel, Fabiola, Joos, Kristin, Kahane, Michele, and Lawson, Cynthia. 2011. Social Innovation with Communities: Integrating Social Entrepreneurship, Service Learning, and Civic Engagement.  Presentation and workshop presented at the Ashoka U Exchange Conference at Duke University, Durham, N.C., February 26.
  • Berdiel, Fabiola and Lawson, Cynthia. 2010. DEED & Design Prototyping. Presentation and workshop at EVOKE Summit at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
  • Lawson, Cynthia. 2008. The New School, CARE & Ajkemá Loyá: A case study in learning in intensive and immersive global programs and in cross-cultural and bilingual collaborative work. Paper presented at the Rennselaer’s 1st Biennial Design Web Conference Global Interaction in Design Education (GLIDE ’08), October 22, in Troy, NY, USA and online. Won GLIDE ’08′s Best Paper Award.