Design Research & Systemic Influences
10.01.2012 - Sujil Kodathoor
The following posts are based on my initial findings of the field research concluded in November, 2011. This will mostly be a recap of what I did in the five weeks we were in India and my reflections of the process during the field work. I will briefly introduce my MA thesis; and my contribution to the project for which this field research was done for.
These field insight and reflection would also be good reference to others interested in similar development projects. Follow me this month and I will walk you through the lives of a village in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India.
Sujil Kodathoor is a design student at the Aalto University. In his thesis work he is developing a mobile nutrition platform, GloCal targeting at improving the infant health in the rural India. GloCal is part of the larger Inclusive Innovation for Poverty Alleviation project, aiming at reducing poverty and creating new wealth by innovative business models in the so-called "base of the pyramid" markets.
Sujil is of Indian origin. He became interested in studying at Aalto University because of the Creative Sustainability program offering unique opportunities in studying sustainability in an interdisciplinary manner. He is currently in India doing a field study for a Glocal pilot project. With a team of researchers he is studying nutrition practices in a village in Selam in Tamil Nadu in southeastern India. From India Sujil will be posting about his findings and experiences during his field trip.