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Dr Claire L Craig FCOT, NTF, PhD, MA, BA, BSc

Co-Director, Lab4Living

Summary

I am a Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health and Co-Director of Lab4Living, an interdisciplinary research cluster at Sheffield Hallam University.

My research focuses on the role of design and creative practice in promoting wellbeing and quality of life. Within all aspects of my work I continue to be particularly inspired by older people and by people living with dementia and the remarkable stories they tell about their lives and much of my research focuses in this area.

I utilise design methods including artefacts, photography and art to build understanding of the experiences of individuals and then develop creative responses to these. These responses have manifested themselves in films, commercially available products and nationally commissioned interventions and have informed government guidelines (NICE 2008 and 2015, Alzheimer Scotland, 2018). I am author of 8 books and have written widely about the value of creative practice and design and health.

My research with older people has led to global collaborations with older people, colleagues in design and in healthcare. Current collaborations include Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Poland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland. I am part of an international think-tank on social inclusion and more locally I sit on the steering group of the Sheffield Action Alliance.


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