The DESIS (DESIGN for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab @ NOVA SBE is the programming and community engagement arm of the ERA Chair in Social Innovation. We believe that to innovate with purpose and develop sustainable solutions to complex social issues requires creative collaboration and a design thinking mindset.

The DESIS Lab aims to provide NOVA SBE students and anyone in our local communities with opportunities to ideate, prototype, and build their ideas.

We offer workshops, produce the Design Thinking Roundtable Podcast, and provide mentoring.

Launched in November 2022, we are part of the DESIS International network, a group of academics, researchers and students who orient their design and research activities towards social innovation.

The DESIS Lab @NOVA SBE actively collaborates with departments and programs across NOVA SBE.


The DESIS Lab has the support of amazing mentors with expertise in design, social innovation and entrepreneurship, making and sustainability.


Our podcast through conversations with passionate designers and inspiring social innovators explores various aspects of design and how it can create change and social impact.


We aim to collaborate with different people to support their efforts in tackling grand challenges.