Ana Margarida Ferreira is an Assistant Professor with Habilitation in Design at Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI) and, since Feb 2023, a senior researcher at LabCom/FAL/UBI. She has Habilitation in Design (IADE-EU, 2020), a Postdoc in Design and Innovation for Social Change (2019, CUT), and a PhD. Industrial Design/Prod. Eng. (2008, UBI), a Post-Graduation in Product Design (1996, Glasgow School of Art /CPD) and a BA in Industrial Design (1995, IADE). She collaborates with the Lisbon School of Economics & Management, from Universidade de Lisboa, with UNIDCOM/IADE R&D unit (collaborator), the Brazilian LOGO/UFSC, ECOAR/UFRN Research Labs, and Cypriot Art + Design: e-learning Lab-Design for Social Change, Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). Since 2018, she has been a Hub Nicosia/Synthesis ¿ Center for Research and Education Associate. She lectures(ed) Research Methodology, Applied Research, Industrial Design, Creativity& Innovation, Social Innovation and Sustainability courses. She successfully supervised 8 PhD Theses in Design and 26 master's research works, collaborating with companies, industry and other Portuguese and foreign Higher Education Institutions. From 2013 to Feb 2023, Ana Margarida coordinated the ID:Co.Lab - Collaborative Research Lab in Design and Sustainable Innovations, and several R&D+i projects such as the (2015-16) "L3 ¿ Lisbon community-based Learning Laboratory", IADE, FSCH e IST consortium; (2019-21) "SHELTER ¿ Structural Hyper-resistant Element for Life-Threatening Earthquake Risk", with Teixeira Duarte, IST and LNEC; and (2019-21) "CREATION - Cultural and Arts Entrepreneurship in Adult Education", funded by National Agency ERASMUS+ (2019-1-PT01-KA204-061315) (http://creationproject.eu). Currently, she co-edits DISCERN - International Design Journal for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship (www.designforsocialchange.org/journal/index.php/DISCERN-J/index), is the founder & President of Creative Nature Hub, an NGO (www.creative-nature-hub.pt), supervises doctoral and master's students and participates in inter and transdisciplinary projects linking areas like Art, Design& Crafts, Engineering, Technology, Health or Tourism. She regularly publishes in these areas. At IADE - Creative University and Universidade Europeia (1999-2022), she was President of the Scientific Board (2015-16) and a member of the Scientific Board and Pedagogical Board (1999-17; 2021-22). She also coordinated the BA Course in Design (2009/12-2014/17), was Executive Director of UNIDCOM (R&D unit) (2008-09) and Vice-President of the Direction Board of IADE's Design School (2010-12). In 2015, Ana Margarida was awarded the IADE-U Research and Teaching Award and, in 2017, the Coordination of the "L3 - Lisbon Common Learning Laboratory" Project (https://www.unidcom-iade.pt/research/) was honoured with the Laureate International Universities "Here for Good" Honorary Prize, representing Portugal, and with the dissemination of the same project in Laureate's Annual Global Impact Report. Her main Research Interests are Design, Design Education and Design Research, Creativity & Innovation, Social Innovation and Sustainable Development; Cultural and Creative Industries; Socio-economic, Technological and Cultural Dynamics; Sustainable Social Change.

Personal identification

Full name
Ana Margarida Ribeiro Dias Fernandes Gomes Ferreira

Citation names

  • Ferreira, A. M.

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • margarida.gomes.ferreira@ubi.pt (Professional)


  • Rua Marquês D'Ávila e Bolama, 6201-001, Covilhã, Covilhã, Portugal (Professional)
  • Rua de Monte d'Além s/n, 6160-262, Mosteiro, Oleiros, Portugal (Personal)


  • www.ubi.pt/ (Professional)
  • linkedin.com/in/ana-margarida-ferreira-54328934 (Personal)
  • https://www.creative-nature-hub.pt/ (Personal)

Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Arts - Architectural design
Degree Classification
2020/09/10 - 2020/09/11
Design (Título de Agregado)
IADE - Universidade Europeia, Portugal
"“Design e Inovação Sustentável – o modelo de ensino/ aprendizagem ReACt”" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Aprovado por unanimidade (avaliação máxima)
2018/08 - 2019/11
Creative Technologies, Design Innovation and Sustainable Social Change: State of Art, Challenges and Opportunities (Pós-doutoramento)
Major in Design e Inovação para a Mudança Social
Universidade Tecnológica do Chipre, Cyprus
Aprovada (avaliação máxima)
Engenharia da Produção/Design Industrial (Doutoramento)
Major in Design Industrial
Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal
"Caracterização e Quantificação da Inovação no Processo Evolucionista do Design – Análise de um Século da Prática Médico-cirúrgica em Portugal" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
1995 - 1996
A Linnen Troley Project (Pós-Graduação)
Major in Design de Produto
The Glasgow School of Art, United Kingdom

Centro Português de Design, Portugal
1991 - 1995
Design (Licenciatura)
Major in Design Industrial
Escola Superior de Design, Portugal
15,35 Val
1988 - 1991
Arquitectura (Licenciatura)
Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal
1986 - 1988
Design (Curso de Especialização Tecnológica)
Major in Equipamento de Interiores
Escola Secundária de António Arroio, , Portugal
16 Val

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2022/09/01 - Current Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal
Universidade da Beira Interior Faculdade de Artes e Letras, Portugal
2020/05/01 - 2022/08/31 Associate Professor (University Teacher) Universidade Europeia, Portugal
IADE - Universidade Europeia, Portugal


Designation Funders
2019 - 2021 CREATION - Cultural and Arts Entrepreneurship in Adult Education
Principal investigator
Instituto de Arte Design e Empresa Universitário Unidade de Investigação em Design e Comunicação, Portugal
Agência Nacional ERASMUS+ , Comissão Europeia


  1. Ferreira, A.M.; Savva, S.; Souleles, N.. Future Trends in Education for a More Sustainable Human Systems Design: The CREATION Project. 2021.
  2. Jeffcott, C.; Ferreira, A.M.. Characterising Futuring Strategies for Biodiverse Speculative Design and Systems Design. 2021.
  3. Arslan, P.; Ferreira, A.M.; Akpinarli, H.F.. Cultural heritage, collaborative practices and sustainable fabric design: Ottoman sultans’ life stories on jacquard design. 2020.
  4. Pinheiro, C.; Rozema, L.; Ferreira, A.M.. Sustainable human environment: Mouraria, local color and sense of place of a historical lisbon neighbourhood. 2020.
  5. Morrissey, L.; Franceschi, R.B.; Ferreira, A.M.. Sustainable collaborative design practices: Circular economy and the new context for a fashion designer. 2020.
  6. Camocho, D.; Vicente, J.; Ferreira, A.M.. The common-sense assessment of sustainability. 2020.
  7. Ferreira, A.M.; Souleles, N.; Savva, S.. Social design, innovation and ergonomics: Reflections on education, transdisciplinarity and new blurred models for sustainable social change. 2020.
  8. Souleles, N.; Ferreira, A.M.; Savva, S.. Threshold concepts and design for social change. 2020.
  9. Savva, S.; Souleles, N.; Ferreira, A.M.. Entrepreneurial cultural affinity spaces (ecas): Design of inclusive local learning ecosystems for social change, innovation and entrepreneurship. 2020.
  10. Ferreira, A. M.. Design e Inovação Sustentável para o Empreendedorismo Social. Projetos do ID:Co.Lab: 2013-2016. Portugal. 2020.
  11. Ferreira, A. M.. Keep Figueira With You. Portugal. 2020.
  12. Ferreira, A. M.. Linen Trolley. Design of an Innovative Product for Portuguese Hospital Wards. Portugal. 2020.
  13. Ferreira, A. M.. Design, Teoria e Metodologia. Portugal. 2020.
  14. Ferreira, A. M.. Design e Inovação Sustentável para o Empreendedorismo Social. Projetos do ID:Co.Lab: 2017-2020. Portugal. 2020.
  15. Bernarda, J.; Ferreiral, A.M.; Silva, C.S.; Neto, R.C.. Collaborative practices through design and engineering: The phases of a pilot project to improve the human condition of vulnerable communities. 2020.
  16. Santos, V.; Ferreira, A.; Gonçalves, E.. The impact of analogic, digital and hybrid representations in the ideation phase of an artifact design: An educational perspective. 2019.
  17. Gonçalves, E.; Ferreira, A.M.; Christiaans, H.. User-oriented method as a way to humanise the user-energy relationship in public lighting. 2018.
Book chapter
  1. Craig Jeffcott; Ana Margarida Ferreira. "Designing a Speculative Design Toolkit for Community Biodiversity Activism". 2023.
  2. Marquês, C.; Ferreira, A.M.; Oliveira, F.. "Modular Design and Technology for Diversity and a More Sustainable Fashion. The RTFKT X Nike and CLO Case Studies". 94-103. 2023.
  3. Improta, V.; Ferreira, A.M.. "Social Engagement and Cultural Adaptation of Young Refugees Through Gaming and Playful Design". 473-483. 2022.
  4. Craig C. Jeffcott; Ana Margarida Ferreira. "Can Diverse Futuring Strategies Inform an Ecology-Centred Speculative Design Practice?". 2021.
  5. Craig C. Jeffcott; Ana Margarida Ferreira. "A Strategic Framework for Biodiverse Speculative Practices". 2021.
Conference paper
  1. Ferreira, A. M.. "Adaptive Lighting as a Holistic Approach to Urban Lighting Design". 2013.
  2. Alves, D.E.; Silva, C.A.D.; Ferreira, A.M.G.. "Environmental communication". 2008.
Journal article
  1. Stefania Savva; Nicos Souleles; Ana Ferreira. "Social design for inclusive local learning ecosystems: an entrepreneurial cultural affinity approach". EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies 6 20 (2019): 162947-162947. https://doi.org/10.4108%2Feai.30-7-2019.162947.
  2. Camocho, David; Vicente, José; Ferreira, Ana Margarida. "Meeting the circular economy agenda : supporting tools for a new strategic design practice". (2019): http://hdl.handle.net/10400.11/7044.
  3. Rocha, Hugo; Ferreira, Ana Margarida. "Future designers as actors of change : exploring design education scenarios focused on social innovation and sustainability". (2019): http://hdl.handle.net/10400.11/7047.
  4. Korculanin, Laura; Ferreira, Ana Margarida; Mursic, Raijko. "Human culture and eco-systemic needs to inform innovayion within toilet design". (2019): http://hdl.handle.net/10400.11/7046.
  5. João Bernarda; Ana M. Ferreira; Carlos Silva; Inês Queiroz. "Design as a process tool of collaborative and multidisciplinary learning in society". The Design Journal 20 sup1 (2017): S900-S914. https://doi.org/10.1080%2F14606925.2017.1353035.
  6. Demétrio Ferreira Matos; Ana Margarida Ferreira; António Costa Marques Pinho; João Paulo Martins. "Design de Dispositivos Médicos: Contributo do Design para o Desenvolvimento de uma Prótese Externa de um Membro Inferior". e-Revista LOGO 4 1 (2015): 73-90. https://doi.org/10.26771/e-Revista.LOGO/2015.1.05.
  7. Ferreira, A. M.. "Design e Inovação". Idade da Imagem, Revista de Arte, Ciência e Cultura do IADE (2003):
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Santos, Cátia Andreia da Silva. "Inovação social, sustentabilidade e identidade visual: estudos gráficos e de comunicação da marca do ID:CoLab". Master, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/31659.
  2. Improta, Vanessa Elena da Silva. "Design para a inclusão social e cultural de crianças e jovens refugiados: criação de um produto lúdico e educativo". Master, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/31065.
  3. Bandeira, Tamara Montijo. "Closet: proposta para o desenvolvimento de um projeto que visa aumentar a vida útil de peças de vestuário e estimular o consumo consciente". Master, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/31635.
  4. Marques, Santa Klavina. "Sustainable id". PhD, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/17631.
  5. Santos, Vasco Alexandre Milne. "Quantificação da criatividade no processo de design: inovação e ideação de artefactos através dos processos analógico e digital". PhD, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/28125.
  6. Fortalezas, Teresa Isabel Nepomuceno. "Aldeias do xisto: proposta para o desenvolvimento de uma organização sustentável na Beira Interior". Master, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/17635.
  7. Gonçalves, Eduardo José dos Foros Santos. "Adaptive lighting design as a holistic approach to public lighting". PhD, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/12387.
  8. Piza, Catarina Aleixo. "Design visual como promotor do empreendedorismo social no Bairro do Castelo de S. Jorge, Lisboa: relatório de estágio do projeto Moralá Castelo". Master, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/17651.
  9. Martins, Francisco Tiago do Carmo. "Cultura, turismo e desenvolvimento sustentável: valorização e preservação da cultura piscatória portuguesa". Master, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/18761.
  10. Marques, Hugo de Andrade. "O design como facilitador para a inclusão de pessoas com surdez". Master, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/17665.
  11. Matos, Demétrio Ferreira. "Contributo do design no processo de desenvolvimento de dispositivos médicos". PhD, 2016. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.5/12583.
  12. Dias, Pedro. "Design de embalagens, investigação e desenvolvimento para a criação de novas embalagens DanCake, visando a optimização de custos e diferenciação do produto no mercado: relatório de estágio na empresa Dancake Portugal". Master, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/7043.
  13. Silva, José Pedro. "A evolução do design de videojogos e a sua importância para a promoção de uma marca no contexto contemporâneo: relatório de estágio na empresa Fullsix". Master, 2013. http://hdl.handle.net/10400.26/10452.


Other output
  1. HOW TO LIVE THE DATA WE POSSESS: VISUALIZING AND TEACHING DESIGN FOR THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY. 2021. Lucinda Morrissey; Roberta Barban Franceschi; Ana Margarida Ferreira. https://doi.org/10.21125%2Finted.2021.0536.
  2. Design for Health and Wellbeing: Innovative Medical Garment Design. 2020. Merve Balkis; Emine Koca; Ana Margarida Ferreira. https://doi.org/10.1007%2F978-3-030-55700-3_24.