Institute for Research in Economics and Business Administration (SNF) have for the period of 2005-2006 based on funding from The Research Council of Norway study how industrial design service are produced, organised and consumed in the economy. The project continues from 2007 at Departement of Geography, University of Bergen  with different dissemination activities including seminars and international book projects.
This gives rise to study.

  • The incorporation of design into the production process
  • Design as a competitive tool for SMEs
  • Design and geographical identity
  • The geography of design
  • Design and public policy

The project managed by Professor Grete Rusten at UiB is a collaboration with Distinguished Research Fellow Professor. John R. Bryson at School of Geography, University of Birmingham. This team are part of the RESER  European Network Services and Space.