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This is Ruiqi Yao, a teaching assistant and researcher at Shantou University. I am interested in the integration of design, anthropology and sustainable development. Currently, I am looking for a PhD associated with these fields.

In my work, I have undertaken projects related to public services and sustainable development, emphasising the participatory and democratic orientation of design.

Now I am focusing on participatory design through design workshops, investigating the integration of participatory observation, ethnography, and design thinking in interdisciplinary work within this field.

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I usually work in multidisciplinary teams, from field fieldwork to concept generation to final project implementation and operation. My identity shifts throughout research and design, from the organiser, researcher, and manager to the designer. During this process, I set up a design consultancy to ensure that research and practice work together and progress smoothly.

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Research & Projects

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I gained much experience in projects that combined design and anthropology. I collaborated with the government to design services for the elderly to access social security more easily. I worked with sociologists and architects to develop sustainable development plans for remote villages and islands...
Currently, the projects I lead or mainly participate in:

2022-Rural revitalisation plan of Ecui Village, Guangdong
2022-Social innovation design in Mayu Island, Guangdong
2022-Design social security services for older people, Guangdong
2021-Shantou University Community Information Interaction Design
2021-Service Design of College Student Enrollment (2021 A’design award)
2020-Shantou University One-stop Service Design
2019-Campus Minishop focused on community service (2019 IF Award)


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