David Swann

Professor David Swann PhD (RCA)

Professor of Design; Acting Head of Research (Department of Art & Design) and the Art, Design & Media Research Centre


Summary

David is a Professor in Design. He is a double graduate from the Royal College of Art (MDes and PhD), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The centre of gravity of his research is the application of frugal innovation to global challenges and the transformative impact that design can have on complex problems. His research practice is guided by a well-developed methodology that emphasises creativity, culture, and the pursuit of improved states and resilient communities. His award-winning research outputs can be found in the permanent collections of prestigious institutions such as the Young V&A, London Science Museum, The Design Museum, and the MUDAC. They have also been cited by esteemed organisations like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNHCR as case study exemplars.

About

Over a 31-year academic career in higher education, he has acquired extensive professional experience in directing and managing a diverse portfolio of research and academic projects. This includes collaborating with research partners such as War Child Holland, Kos Solidarity, St. John Zambia, and the Design Council.
 
He actively shares his research findings through various knowledge exchange channels, reaching diverse audiences through speaker invitations, presentations, and exhibitions.In 2022, he received a parliamentary invitation to participate in a roundtable discussion titled Plans for Growth: Industry and Skills.’ The purpose of the discussion was to delve into the Labour Party's industrial strategy and Lord David Blunkett's report on learning and green skills (2022). Additionally, in 2021, he was invited to present the AHRC Life-Saving Lullabies (LSL)
 
Project at the Resilience Hub during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. He was one of the three presenters who explored the potential of arts, culture, and heritage in addressing climate resilience, adaptation, and net-zero research. In 2014, at the request of the UK Trade & Industry department, his ABC syringe was exhibited to promote the 'Best of British Innovation' in London, Liverpool, and Glasgow. This project was also showcased as part of the UK Government's inaugural GREAT Festival of Creativity in Istanbul.

Teaching

Department of Art and Design

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Research

- Decarbonsing design research and practice
- Life-saving lullabies
- Digital tablet desk for War Child Holland
- Ebola bleach dilution gauge
- Kos: Material witnesses

https://good-design.org/projects/life-saving-lullabies/https://www.admresearcharchive.co.uk/project-archive
https://globalcompactrefugees.org/news-stories/kos-material-witnesses

Publications

Swann, D. (2012). We can't export healthcare without hygiene. Public Servant. http://www.bulletin.co.uk/1331/we-cant-export-healthcare-without-hygiene/

Conference papers

Swann, D. (2013). A behaviour changing syringe : making invisible risk, visible to deter the reuse of syringes in a curative context. In 2nd Global Forum on Medical Devices: Priority Devices for Universal Health Coverage, Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG), Geneva, 22 November 2013 - 24 November 2013. http://www.who.int/medical_devices/global_forum/2nd_gfmd/en/

Swann, D. (2011). NHS at Home : ssing Lego Serious Play to capture service narratives and envision future healthcare products. In Include 2011: The Role of Inclusive Design in Making Social Innovation Happen, RCA London, 18 April 2011 - 20 April 2011. http://www.hhc.rca.ac.uk/2968/all/1/include-2011.aspx

Swann, D., & Caldwell, N. (2009). Design Engaging with Healthcare Transformation : a project, a pod and a PhD. In Include 2009: International Conference on Inclusive Design, Royal College of Art, 5 April 2009 - 8 April 2009. http://www.hhc.rca.ac.uk/1345/all/1/include_2009_.aspx

Pigott, J., Hargreaves, J., Power, J., & Swann, D. (2016). Liminal Hospital Spaces : Corridors to Well-Being? In Well-Being 2016: Third International Conference Exploring the Multi-Dimensions of Well-Being, Birmingham City University, 5 September 2016 - 6 September 2016. http://bcuwellbeing.co.uk/

Book chapters

Swann, D. (2016). An introduction to the challenges and opportunities for design. In Cooper, R., & Tsekleves, E. (Eds.) Design for Healthcare. Gower

Swann, D. (2011). NHS at Home : A Co-design Research Project to Develop a 21st Century Nursing Bag. In Anderson, M. (Ed.) Contemporary Ergonomics and Human Factors 2011. CRC Press: https://www.crcpress.com/Contemporary-Ergonomics-and-Human-Factors-2011-Proceedings-of-the-international/Anderson/p/book/9780415675734

Books

Harrow, D., Coleman, R., Matthews, E., Thompson, R., Swann, D., Hignett, S., ... Petersen, A. (2009). Healthcare on the move : treating patients in the community : the Smart Pods Project. Royal College of Art: Royal College of Art. http://www.hhc.rca.ac.uk/CMS/files/HealthcareOnTheMove-lowres.pdf

Reports

Unver, E., Silkstone, R., & Swann, D. (2015). Design, development, and prototyping of a bike chain & gear mechanism cleaning product. University of Huddersfield.

Unver, E., & Swann, D. (2013). The Conceptual Design of a Blister Pack Opening Tool. University of Huddersfield.

Unver, E., Howard, C., Swann, D., & Stockton, G. (2013). Design, development and prototyping of portable Potty as part of Petit en Suite Child’s Pop-up Privacy Room. University of Huddersfield.

Internet Publications

Swann, D. (2020). Kos Archive. https://kosarchive.com/

Artefacts

Swann, D. (2016). LIFEBELT. [Artefact].

Swann, D., Wallwein, L., Roberts, S., & Benincasa-Sharman, C. (2016). LifeHacket Trio. [Artefact]. https://vimeo.com/161747534

Unver, E., Burke, P., Howard, C., & Swann, D. (2015). Scalp Cooling Cap.

Swann, D., Bartys, S., Martin, H., Keaton, J., & Ma, M. (2015). WAAA! [Video]. https://vimeo.com/141251827

Swann, D. (2013). ABC Syringe. https://vimeo.com/73286912

Swann, D., & Unver, E. (2012). Buy, Drink, Recycle, Sell, See. [Video].

Swann, D. (2011). 21st Century Nursing Bag. http://www.challengeprizes.institute.nhs.uk/the-list-of-challenges/

Swann, D. (2010). Transformable Sterile field.

Swann, D. (2009). Concept Gadgets: Babylon AD.

Swann, D. (1997). Shared World, Shared Wealth.

Swann, D. (n.d.). Ebola Bleach Dilution gauge.

Exhibitions

Swann, D.M., & Heys, P. (2016). Absence-Presence: Kos. [Archive]. Sheffield Institute of Arts, Head Post office. http://www4.shu.ac.uk/mediacentre/exhibition-explores-realities-life-refugees

Unver, E., & Swann, D. (2015). MedTec Exhibition 2015. Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway, Ireland. http://www.hban.org/Events/Medtec-Ireland-Show-2015-Galway-6th-7th-Oct.601.html

Unver, E., & Swann, D. (2015). MedTec Exhibition 2015. Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway, Ireland. http://www.hban.org/Events/Medtec-Ireland-Show-2015-Galway-6th-7th-Oct.601.html

Swann, D. (2016). Safe and sound : protection and surveillance in 21st century. mudac – musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains Place de la Cathédrale 6 CH-1005 Lausanne. http://www.mudac.ch/exhibitions/currently-showing/sains-et-saufs/

Swann, D. (2016). Safe and sound : protection and surveillance in 21st century. mudac – musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains Place de la Cathédrale 6 CH-1005 Lausanne. http://www.mudac.ch/exhibitions/currently-showing/sains-et-saufs/

Swann, D. (2015). Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015. Saint-Etienne. http://www.biennale-design.com/saint-etienne/2015/fr/home

Swann, D. (2014). Design House Exhibition : Transforming Cities. Cape Town. http://www.wdccapetown2014.com/

Swann, D. (2014). 3rd Taipei Design & City Exhibition 2014. Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. http://english.culture.gov.taipei/ct.asp?xItem=87236639&ctNode=16009&mp=119002

Swann, D. (2014). Innovate UK 2014. Old Billingsgate, London. https://www.events.ukti.gov.uk/tsb-innovate

Swann, D. (2014). ABC Syringe. Glasgow. https://www.events.ukti.gov.uk/british-business-house-2014/event-day/british-business-house-2/

Swann, D. (2014). UKTI's British Business Embassy Exhibition 2014. St George's Hall, Liverpool. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-business-embassy-2014

Swann, D. (2014). GREAT Festival of Creativity Exhibition 2014. Istanbul. https://www.events.ukti.gov.uk/great-festival-of-creativity-trade-delegation-2/event-day/great-festival-of-creativity-turkey-1/

Swann, D. (2014). GREAT Festival of Creativity Exhibition 2014. Istanbul. https://www.events.ukti.gov.uk/great-festival-of-creativity-trade-delegation-2/event-day/great-festival-of-creativity-turkey-1/

Swann, D. (2014). Designs of the Year Exhibition 2014. London Design Museum, London. https://designmuseum.org/design/designs-of-the-year

Swann, D. (2014). Design & Education : Creating the Future Exhibition. Design Council, London. http://www.unialliance.ac.uk/campaigns/design

Swann, D. (2013). INDEX: Award Exhibition 2013. Copenhagen, Singapore, Luxembourg, Helsinki, Bauhaus, Risor, Huddersfield, Tallin, Hong Kong. https://www.flickr.com/photos/iaward/sets/72157635467840048/

Swann, D. (2011). INDEX: Award Exhibition 2011. Copenhagen, Singapore, Luxembourg, Helsinki, Bauhaus, Risor, Huddersfield, Tallin, Hong Kong. http://designtoimprovelife.dk/book-test/

Swann, D. (2011). Kaiser Permanente’s Innovation Learning Network’s In-Person Meeting: Co-Designing the Future of Connected Healing. Oakland, California, USA. https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=ILNX12E

Swann, D. (2011). Copenhagen Design Week 2011. Danish Design Centre. http://network.aia.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=c7267905-949d-4d40-a76c-fac48a6e5546

Swann, D. (2013). 2nd Design 4 Health 2013 Exhibition. Sheffield. https://www.shu.ac.uk/research/specialisms/cultural-communication-and-computing-research-institute/events/2nd-european-design4health-conference

Swann, D. (2011). 1st European Design4Health Conference Exhibition 2011. Sheffield. http://research.shu.ac.uk/design4health/2011-official-proceedings

Swann, D. (2013). Healthcare Innovation Expo 2013. EdExcel, London. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/healthcare-innovation-expo-2013-starts-tomorrow

Swann, D. (2013). ROTOЯ : Mobilising Healthcare. Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield. https://transdisciplinarydialogueanddebate.wordpress.com/2013/07/

Swann, D. (2010). Research RCA: New Knowledge 2010. Gulbenkian Galleries, Royal College of Art, London.

Swann, D. (2009). Research in Progress Show. Royal College of Art, London.

Harrow, D., Matthews, E., Thompson, R., & Swann, D. (2009). Healthcare on the Move Exhibition 2009. Royal College of Art, London. http://smartpods.jimdo.com/exhibitions-1/healthcare-on-the-move

David, S. (2016). Ars et Techne Design Expositions. Nancy.

Swann, D., Wallwein, L., & Roberts, S. (2017). 2017 Push Festival: The Island, The Sea, The Volunteer and The Refugee. HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester M15 4FN. http://homemcr.org/production/the-island-the-sea-the-volunteer-the-refugee/

Swann, D., Wallwein, L., & Roberts, S. (2017). 2017 Push Festival: The Island, The Sea, The Volunteer and The Refugee. HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester M15 4FN. http://homemcr.org/production/the-island-the-sea-the-volunteer-the-refugee/

Designs

Swann, D., Reid, J., Doyle, B., & Muteba, M. (2020). Life-Saving Lullabies. https://www.shu.ac.uk/news/all-articles/latest-news/hallam-project-life-saving-lullabies-wins-social-impact-award

Swann, D. (2020). UNHCR Blanket+++. https://globalcompactrefugees.org/article/kos-material-witnesses

Swann, D. (2019). Digital Tablet Desk (Single). https://www.designresearchforchange.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/DR4C_Showcase_2019_Catalogue_digital_LRes.pdf

Swann, D. (2018). Digital Tablet Desk (Dual). https://www.registered-design.service.gov.uk/find/6036626

Images

Swann, D. (2016). Behind the Scenes : The Headline Ballad - on location photographs. [Radio 4 website].

Presentations

Swann, D., & Reid, J. (2021). Life-Saving Lullabies: The conception, development and piloting of a zero-cost maternal child health intervention in Zambia. Presented at: 27th Canadian Conference on Global Health, Ottawa, 2021

Reid, J., & Swann, D. (2021). Life-saving lullabies: Song as a Frugal and Sustainable Tool for Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality in Zambia. Presented at: Driving Change in Stillbirth, SIDS and Infant Death, Australia, 2021

Reid, J., & Swann, D. (2021). Life-saving lullabies: Song as a Frugal and Sustainable Tool for Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality in Zambia. Presented at: Driving Change in Stillbirth, SIDS and Infant Death, Australia, 2021

Swann, D., & Reid, J. (2021). Maternal Health lullabies featured in case study on Arts & Culture for Net Zero Resilience. Presented at: 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Glasgow, 2021

Swann, D., & Meaton, J. (2016). Keynote speakers : wearables for good. Presented at: Wearable Health: Exploiting the Gap 2016, Digital Catapult Centre, 101 Euston Road, London, 2016

Unver, E., Howard, C., & Swann, D. (2013). Design & Development of Scalp Cooling Cap. Presented at: Smart Scalp Cooling Symposium, 3M Buckley Innovation Centre , Huddersfield, UK, 2013

Posters

Pigott, J., Swann, D., Hargreaves, J., & Power, J. (2013). Hospitalisation : a study investigating the personalisation of sterile domains. Presented at: 2nd European Design4Health Conference 2015, Sheffield, 2015

Datasets

Swann, D. (2020). Kos Refugee Migratory Database (2014 - 2020).. https://kosarchive.com/

Other publications

Swann, D. (2014). Design is Everywhere. Canada: ARTV: http://ledesignestpartout.com/

Swann, D. (2014). The Review Show. BBC4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zq4c8

Swann, D. (2014). BBC Breakfast News. BBC Breakfast News: BBC4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ynvkd

Swann, D. (2013). CNN International. Global: CNN International: http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/index-awards-design-to-improve-life/

Swann, D. (2011). The Health Show. BBC World: Rockhopper TV: http://www.rockhopper.tv/films/detail/21st-century-nursing-bag-combats-infection-in-the-home

Postgraduate supervision

Area of doctoral supervision expertise include:
Design for Planet
Frugal innovation

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