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Niek Kosten is a design researcher, teacher and independent graphic designer from Belgium. He is part of the research group Social Spaces (LUCA School of Arts) where he works on research projects applying participatory design practices within different social contexts and with specific groups. At LUCA School of Arts – Campus C-mine in Genk, Kosten teaches in the fields of critical design, public space and graphic design at the Communications & Media Design program. He is also co-founder of KOPIJ, a graphic workspace in Hasselt and creates self-initiated and commissioned works that critically explore societal issues as an independent designer.