I am Professor of Design, Co-Director of the Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute, Head of the Art and Design Research Centre, Director of Design Futures and Co-Director of interdisciplinary research group Lab4Living. I led the 2014 REF submission for UoA 34 and have been submitted to every RAE/REF since 1996. My interests lie in designing and developing tools and methods to encourage and engender social innovation and apply this with a focus on healthcare, disability and ageing.
My work explores the multi-sensory aspects of design and the role of artefacts that define pertinent societal questions as much as present solutions. I have led major interdisciplinary projects securing over £3m of funding from diverse sources including the AHRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, NIHR, Health Foundation, Marie Curie, British Council, EU, RSA and Royal Society NZ. I have delivered keynote and plenary lectures at leading international venues on innovation strategies and sustainable approaches to design and manufacture that have played a significant role in supporting regional post-industrial reconstruction. I am a graduate of the Royal College of Art and was co-founder and director of London based FLUX Design Ltd.
I have published and exhibited widely where my research outcomes have resulted in the design of furniture, medical, healthcare, special needs and therapeutic products and systems. These have accrued two Millennium Product design awards from the Design Council UK, an Independent Living Award and an Innovative Design Award from the UK Housing Association 2017. My work is included in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum London and the Museum of Modern Art, Prague. I was awarded a major prize in the ‘Imagining Chairs’ category of the ‘Art on Chairs’ international design competition 2013 (sponsored by the Paredes Furniture Design Pole and Institute for Design, Media and Culture Research, Portugal.
I am editor-in-chief of the Design for Health Journal published by Taylor and Francis, visiting Professor and Co-Director of the China Health Care (CHC) International Workstation at China Academy of Arts and a member of the AHRC peer review College.
My research activity ensures our PGRs are actively integrated with the Art and Design Research Centre's practice-led research agenda and facilitates opportunity for student placements at undergraduate and postgraduate.
Specialist areas of interest
Design and health
Current research projects
Design to care
Improving the experiences of people living with dementia
Insights into Telehealth and care Technologies (inTaCT)
Selected research projects
State of the Art of Design Theory in Healthcare
Design thinking with people with Spinal cord injuries
Art on chairs
Exhibition in a box
Shape of things to come – medical connection system
TacTile sounds system
Editor-in-Chief, Design for Health Journal (Taylor & Francis)
Visiting Professor and Co-Director of the China Health Care (CHC) International Workstation at China Academy of Arts
Member of Peer review college AHRC
Member of the CHEAD
Member of the Design Theme Advisory Group AHRC (2017/18)
Jury member, Design Bloc, Prague, Czech Republic (2017)
Reviewer for Design Journal, Ashgate Publishing, UK
Reviewer for Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council UK
Reviewer for Leverhume Trust, UK
Reviewer for Journal of Systems and software, Elsevier.
Reviewer for Journal of Applied Ergonomics
Reviewer for Qatar National Research Fund.
Reviewer for BMJ - Supportive and Palliative Care 2017
Arts Panel member for Funacao para a Ciencia e a Technologia (FCT), Ministry of Technology in Portugal 2014 and 2017
International jury member for the 2010 International Bicycle Design Competition organised by the Cycling & Health Tech R&D Centre and sponsored by the Department of Industrial Technology, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan.
Member of Scientific committee, SIM, Conference, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal 2013
Expert advisor for AHRC funded project ‘Multi sensory environments in Dementia care, the role of design’, Kingston University 2013/14
International jury member for the Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards 2014. Organised by the International Societies of Industrial Design Turkey
AHRC advisor Design to Care Programme 2017/19
Jury member Design Bloc, Prague, Czech Republic 2017
Swiss National Science Foundation 2017
Member of Scientific Committee, CWUAAT Cambridge University 2017
The reclamation of patient narrative: Interrogating patient experience of genetic conditions through film
Doctoral researchers completed
I have examined PhDs at the following institutions: Royal College of Art, Cambridge University, University of Brighton, Cardiff Met University, University of Ireland, Loughborough University, University of Lancaster, University of Dundee, Swinburne University AU.
Knowledge in the Making – The role of making in creating knowledge
A critical artefact methodology
Investigating Participatory Design Methods for Collaborative Development of Surgical Tools
Creating Games to Promote Physically Active Lifestyles among Adolescents aged 11-14