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
Chamberlain, P. (2019). A disciplined approach to interdisciplinary working. Design for Health, 2 (2), 191-193. http://doi.org/10.1080/24735132.2018.1542053
Chamberlain, P., & Yoxall, A. (2012). Of mice and men : the role of interactive exhibitions as research tools for inclusive design. The Design Journal, 15 (1), 57-78. http://doi.org/10.2752/175630612X13192035508543
Lawton, R., Gardner, P., Green, B., Davey, C., Chamberlain, P., Phillips, P., & Hughes, G. (2009). An engineered solution to the maladministration of spinal injections. Quality and Safety in Health Care, 18 (6), 492-495. http://doi.org/10.1136/qshc.2007.025767
Chamberlain, P., & Roddis, J. (2003). Making sense : a case study of a collaborative design-led new product development for the sensorily impaired. The Design Journal, 6 (1), 40-51. http://doi.org/10.2752/146069203790219353
Fisher, H., Craig, C., & Chamberlain, P. (2019). Life Cafe - A co-designed method of engagement. The design journal: Proceedings of the 13th EAD conference University of Dundee, 10-12 April 2019, 22 (sup1), 445-461. http://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2019.1595431
Chamberlain, P., Craig, C., & Dulake, N. (2019). 'Thinking through things' to support cooperative design in the development of technology to support health & wellbeing. Multi Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, MCCSIS 2019 - Proceedings of the International Conferences on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2019, Game and Entertainment Technologies 2019 and Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing 2019, 19-26.
Craig, C., Chamberlain, P., & Fisher, H. (2018). What do Life Cafes tell us about dying and end of life care. Design4Health: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Design4health. https://research.shu.ac.uk/design4health/publications/2018-conference-proceedings
Chamberlain, P., & Partridge, R. (2017). Co-designing co-design. Shifting the culture of practice in healthcare. The Design Journal, 20 (Sup 1), S2010-S2021. http://doi.org/10.1080/14606925.2017.1352720
Chamberlain, P., & Craig, C. (2017). HOSPITAbLe: Critical design and the domestication of healthcare. Research Through Design. http://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.4746952
Chamberlain, P., & Craig, C. (2016). HOSPITAble: Domestication of healthcare. In Desmet, P., Fokkinga, S., Ludden, G., Cila, N., & van Zuthem, H. (Eds.) Celebration & Contemplation: Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Design and Emotion, Amsterdam, September 27-30, 2016, (pp. 553-557). Amsterdam: Design & Emotion Society: http://www.de2016.org/proceedings
Chamberlain, P., & Craig, C. (2016). A design primer for the domestication of health technologies. In Lloyd, P., & Bohemia, E. (Eds.) Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking, (pp. 1499-1514). London: Design Research Society: http://www.drs2016.org/431/
Craig, C., Gubler, U., & Chamberlain, P. (2016). Exhibition in a box : uncovering occupational identity through objects. In 40th College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Harrogate, 28 June 2016 - 30 June 2016. http://www.cotannualconference.org.uk/2016
Craig, C., & Chamberlain, P. (2016). Digital health : promoting or preventing access to care? In 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, Galway, Ireland, 15 June 2016 - 19 June 2016. http://programme.exordo.com/cotec-enothe2016/delegates/presentation/665/
Chamberlain, P., Craig, C., & Dexter, M. (2016). InTacT: Insights into Telehealth and Care Technologies. In Langdon, P., Lazar, J., Heylighen, A., & Dong, H. (Eds.) Designing around people : CWUAAT 2016, (pp. 85-94). Switzerland: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-29498-8_9
Chamberlain, P., & Craig, C. (2013). Engagingdesign - Methods for collective creativity. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 8004 LNCS (PART 1), 22-31. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39232-0_3
Yoxall, A., Heller, B., & Chamberlain, P. (2011). Oom Bop Bop Good Vibrations: the use of sensory feedback to create motion inhibition. In Include 2011, Royal College of Art, London, 18 April 2011 - 20 April 2011. http://www.hhc.rca.ac.uk/3845/all/1/proceedings.aspx
Chamberlain, P. (2010). Horses, elephants and camels… : challenges and barriers to interdisciplinary user-centred design research. Proceedings of DESIGN 2010, the 11th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 163-172. http://papers.designsociety.org/ds_60_proceedings_of_design_2010_the_11th_international_design_conference_dubrovnik_croatia.book.proceeding.29344.htm
Bowen, S.J., & Chamberlain, P.M. (2008). Engaging the ageing: Designing artefacts to provoke dialogue. Designing Inclusive Futures, 35-44. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-84800-211-1_4
Chamberlain, P.M., & Bowen, S.J. (2006). Designers' use of the artefact in humancentred design. Designing Accessible Technology, 65-74.
Chamberlain, P., & Roddis, J. (2005). Regenerate: a case study of a collaborative design research led new product development. In Joining forces: Design research, industries and a new interface for competiveness, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, 22 September 2005 - 24 September 2005. http://www.uiah.fi/joiningforces/papers/Chamberlain_Roddis.pdf
Craig, C., & Chamberlain, P. (2017). Designing health technology: the ethical dimension. In Dastbaz, M., Arabnia, H., & Akhgar, B. (Eds.) Technology for smart futures. (pp. 289-301). London: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-60137-3_14
Chamberlain, P., Mawson, S., & Wolstenholme, D. (2017). Services: Service design in chronic health. In Tsekleves, E., & Cooper, R. (Eds.) Design for health. (pp. 216-240). Abingdon: Routledge: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315576619
Chamberlain, P., & Dieng, P. (2013). How does it feel? Tactile interpretations of visual symbols. In Ng, A.W.Y., & Chan, A.H.S. (Eds.) Signs and symbols for workplace and public use. (pp. 147-162). Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers: https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=40592
Chamberlain, P., Reed, H., Burton, M., & Mountain, G. (2011). Future bathroom: A study of user-centred design principles affecting usability, safety and satisfaction in bathrooms for people living with disabilities. In Research and development work relating to assistive technology 2010-11. (pp. 28-29). Department of Health: http://fastuk.org/pagedocuments/file/S22%20Report%202010-11%20final%20v9.pdf
Chamberlain, P., Reed, H., Burton, M., & Mountain, G. (2011). ‘Future Bathroom’, What to make? Or How to Make? Challenges in meeting sustainable needs. In Bartolo, H. (Ed.) Sustainable Intelligent manufacturing. (pp. 777-784). Portugal: IST Press: http://sim.ipleiria.pt/
Chamberlain, P., & Dieng, P. (2011). Looking Good, Feeling Good – Tac Map: a navigation system for the blind. In The role of inclusive design in making social innovation happen. RCA: http://www.hhc.rca.ac.uk/3845/all/1/proceedings.aspx
Bowen, S., & Chamberlain, P. (2008). Engaging the ageing: designing artefacts to provoke dialogue. In Langdon, P., Clarkson, J., & Robinson, P. (Eds.) Designing inclusive futures. (pp. 35-44). London: Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-84800-211-1
Chamberlain, P. (2007). Beyond branding : how design research through engagement with industry can establish status within the academy and provide products with more meaning and significance. In Collina, L., & Scullica, F. (Eds.) Designing designers : unbranded design for for new user expectations, in East and West. (pp. 35-40). Milan: Edizioni POLI.Design
Chamberlain, P., Gardner, P., & Lawton, R. (2007). Shape of things to come. In Michel, R. (Ed.) Design research now - essays and selected projects. (pp. 99-116). Birkhaeuser-Springer: http://www.birkhauser-promotion.ch/DesignResearchNow/designresearch.swf
Chamberlain, P. (1992). Oyster Stool seating for Heathrow Airport. In Puttman, A. (Ed.) International Design Yearbook: 1992. London: Thames and Hudson
Chamberlain, P., Reed, H., Burton, M., Yoxall, A., Akan, E., Can, A., ... Çakırusta, A. (2017). Inclusive bathroom design as we age. Turkey: Vitra. http://vitra.com.tr/App_Assets/Catalogs/20499/inclusive-bathroom.pdf
Chamberlain, P., Wolstenholme, D., Dexter, M., & Seals, E. (2015). The state of the art of design theory and practice in health : an expert-led review of the extent of the art and design theory and practice in health and social care. UK: Sheffield Hallam Univeristy.
Theses / Dissertations
Bec, R. (2015). Utilising games and design-research methodology to promote physical activity among adolescents. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Dearden, A., Chamberlain, P., & Copeland, R.
Ramli, S.H. (2014). Mocking up : Strategies to engage expert users in designerly thinking. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Rust, C., Chamberlain, P., & Bowen, S.
Walters, P.J. (2005). Knowledge in the making: Prototyping and human-centred design practice. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Chamberlain, P., Fisher, T., Press, M., & Tomes, A.
Chamberlain, P. (2011). Exhibition in a box. [Artefact].
Chamberlain, P., & Christian, P. (1986). RIB chair. [metal]. http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O21566/chair-rib-chair/
Chamberlain, P. (1994). Rib Chair. Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art.
Chamberlain, P. (2011). engagingaging. Building Centre.
Langley, J., Wolstenholme, D., Craig, C., & Chamberlain, P. (2015). EngagingAging : meaningful participation for older people in research and innovation. Presented at: Innovation Learning Network Ageing Series (part of the Virtual Thursday programme)
Chamberlain, P. (2003). Non-Luer medical connection system. Sheffield Hallam University: http://www3.shu.ac.uk/c3ri/SingleProject.cfm?Project_ID=126&ResCentre=ADRC
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