Participatory Design Applied to IoT in an Emerging Arab Democracy, Tunisia

Abdelhamid Beji & Sonia Ben Helel

Student thesis: Master thesis


Tunisia initiated the Arab Spring in 2011 through the uprising of the Jasmin revolution. The country put an end to twenty-three years of dictatorship and embraced a new start as a young democracy. The path has been filled with obstacles as the country is still fighting severe economic and social crises while learning how to accommodate to a newly acquired independence and freedom. One of the obstacles facing the democratic transition that has been identified in this paper is the miscommunication between the different actors engaged in leading the country. By exploring and testing our assumptions directly on the Tunisian field, we aim at suggesting the usage of the participatory design approach to solve this problem. We believe that such a tool has the power to facilitate and ease the discussion between the different stakeholders if adapted to the Tunisian context. By investigating the role of participatory design in fostering technological innovations such as Internet of Things in a young Tunisian democracy, we show evidence that such methodology can greatly help in solving the current problems facing the democratic transition.

EducationsMSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, (Graduate Programme) Final ThesisMSocSc in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship , (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2017
Number of pages102
SupervisorsMads Bødker & Torkil Clemmensen