The School of Design wants to congratulate Deepa Butoliya for successfully defending her PhD dissertation, "Critical Jugaad: A Postnormal Design Framework for Designerly Marginal Practices" this week. Butoliya is the final member of the first cohort of recipients of PhDs in Transition Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Butoliya's research explores the use of making practices through the term "Jugaad" (a Hindi word for DIY) as a tool for existence, subversion and criticality against colonial powers of oppression. Her practice-based design research expands the notion of "critical design" to expose how the politics of such endeavors commonly exclude the experiences of the many historically oppressed minorities of the western world.
The work was examined before a public audience, by an External Examiner and members of the Advisory Committee:
The committee unanimously agreed that Deepa passed the PhD defense with only minor revisions required.
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Deepa on an excellent defense performance, and for the production of a high quality doctoral dissertation that makes a valuable and original contribution to knowledge.
Congrats, Dr. Butoliya!