• Mette Studsgaard Thomsen
  • Maria Gøth-Johansen
  • Sólja Holm Mortensen
4. term, Experience Design, Master (Master Programme)
This thesis explores the dynamics of gender inclusivity in Makerspaces and DIY Communities, with a focus on MakerSpace 9220 within Trekanten, Bibliotek og Kulturhus. The purpose is to address the underrepresentation of women in makerspaces. Using phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches and employing action research, the study identifies key themes related to women’s participation and experiences in makerspaces and within the STEM fields. We examine various factors influencing women’s experiences in these spaces, considering theoretical concepts within and outside our field of study, Experience Design, such as experience, atmosphere, norms, scripts, motivation, and self-efficacy, drawing on theoretical frameworks from Jantzen, Dewey and Bandura, among others.
The research methodology involved the utilisation of Hird & Kvistgaard’s Experience Matrices, Pine & Gilmore’s THEME analysis, observations, a semi-structured focus group interview, and questionnaires. Key concepts are defined for clarity and cohesion of the thesis.
Our study involved direct experience matrix analyses of MakerSpace 9220 and Art By Me, to experience and extract principles. We facilitated a multi-part workshop at MakerSpace 9220 with five participants. Background data on these five women were collected, and observations were conducted during the workshop activities, followed by a focus group interview. We reached out to the current makerspace users with an online questionnaire, and an affinity diagram analysis was used to organise and identify common themes from all collected data.
Discussion of the findings revealed the crucial role of a facilitator in creating inclusive communities. The importance of visibility for women in these spaces to reflect themselves in and as physical visibility of the space itself and the overall need for gender
inclusivity were also prominent findings. Further, an iterative design approach was taken to refine the problem statement and develop potential solutions.
The thesis concludes with five proposals for improving gender inclusivity, self-efficacy and increasing the number of women using MakerSpace 9220, based on the results of ideations and a thorough discussion of the potential solutions. The implications of this research and proposals for future works are also discussed, highlighting the significance and impact of this study on enhancing female participation in STEM-oriented makerspaces and DIY Communities.
Publication date1 Jun 2023
Number of pages194
External collaboratorTrekanten, Bibliotek og Kulturhus
Jacob Christensen christense@aalborg.dk
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