Design Research

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My research combines participatory and post-critical design strategies to explore human-sensitive applications of technology. I am also interested in the value of designing (or ‘designerly thinking’) in collaborative research, and the challenges of such work for ‘designer-researchers’.

I am currently the Knowledge Exchange Associate for the Newcastle University hub of the AHRC-funded Creative Exchange (CX) project, which is exploring the potential of “digital public space”. CX is based on knowledge exchange collaborations between arts and humanities researchers, creative industry partners and the public through a series of PhD projects at three Universities (Lancaster, Newcastle and the Royal College of Art). CX in Newcastle is based within the Open Lab research group and I support the Lab’s eight CX PhD students, and plan and deliver the Lab’s broader CX knowledge exchange research agenda.

From 2009 to 2013 I was the Design Research Fellow in User-centred Healthcare Design (UCHD), leading participatory design projects and developing a methodology for health service design. UCHD was part of the Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), South Yorkshire, funded by the National Institute for Health Research in the UK. For more details, see the UCHD website.

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