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
CRAIG, Claire and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2017). Designing health technology: the ethical dimension. In: DASTBAZ, Mohammad, ARABNIA, Hamid and AKHGAR, Babak, (eds.) Technology for smart futures. London, Springer, 289-301.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul, MAWSON, Sue and WOLSTENHOLME, Dan (2017). Services: Service design in chronic health. In: TSEKLEVES, Emmanuel and COOPER, Rachel, (eds.) Design for health. Design for Social Responsibility . Abingdon, Routledge, 216-240.
CRAIG, Claire and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2017). Behaviours: Design and behaviour change in health. In: TSEKLEVES, Emmanuel and COOPER, Rachel, (eds.) Design for health. Design for Social Responsibility . Abingdon, Routledge, 191-203.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and CRAIG, Claire (2017). HOSPITAbLe: Critical design and the domestication of healthcare. In: Research Through Design 2017 Proceedings. Research Through Design.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and PARTRIDGE, Rebecca (2017). Co-designing co-design. Shifting the culture of practice in healthcare. The Design Journal, 20 (Sup 1), S2010-S2021.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and CRAIG, Claire (2016). A design primer for the domestication of health technologies. In: LLOYD, Peter and BOHEMIA, Erik, (eds.) Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking. London, Design Research Society, 1499-1514.
CRAIG, Claire, GUBLER, Ursi and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2016). Exhibition in a box : uncovering occupational identity through objects. In: 40th College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference, Harrogate, 28th-30th June 2016.
CRAIG, Claire and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2016). Digital health : promoting or preventing access to care? In: 1st COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, Galway, Ireland, 15-19 June 2016.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul, CRAIG, Claire and DEXTER, Matt (2016). InTacT: Insights into Telehealth and Care Technologies. In: LANGDON, Pat, LAZAR, Jonathan, HEYLIGHEN, Ann and DONG, Hua, (eds.) Designing around people : CWUAAT 2016. Switzerland, Springer, 85-94.
LANGLEY, Joe, WOLSTENHOLME, Dan, CRAIG, Claire and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2015). EngagingAging : meaningful participation for older people in research and innovation. In: Innovation Learning Network Ageing Series (part of the Virtual Thursday programme), 20/08/2015. (Unpublished)
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul, WOLSTENHOLME, Daniel and DEXTER, Matt (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. Project Report. UK, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy. (In Press)
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and DIENG, Patricia (2013). How does it feel? Tactile interpretations of visual symbols. In: NG, Annie W Y and CHAN, Alan H.S., (eds.) Signs and symbols for workplace and public use. Hauppauge, New York, Nova Science Publishers, 147-162.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and YOXALL, Alaster (2012). Of mice and men : the role of interactive exhibitions as research tools for inclusive design. The Design Journal, 15 (1), 57-78.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul, REED, Heath, BURTON, Maria and MOUNTAIN, Gail (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. Department of Health, 28-29.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul, REED, Heath, BURTON, Maria and MOUNTAIN, Gail (2011). ‘Future Bathroom’, What to make? Or How to Make? Challenges in meeting sustainable needs. In: BARTOLO, H., (ed.) Sustainable Intelligent manufacturing. Portugal, IST Press, 777-784.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and DIENG, Patricia (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.
YOXALL, Alaster, HELLER, Ben and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2011). Oom Bop Bop Good Vibrations: the use of sensory feedback to create motion inhibition. In: Include 2011, Royal College of Art, London, 18-20 April 2011.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2010). Horses, elephants and camels… : challenges and barriers to interdisciplinary user-centred design research. In: MARJANOVIC, D, STORGA, M, PAVKOVIC, N and BOJCETIC, N, (eds.) DS 60 : Proceedings of DESIGN 2010, the 11th International Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia. Design Society, 163-172.
BOWEN, Simon and CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (2008). Engaging the ageing: designing artefacts to provoke dialogue. In: LANGDON, Patrick, CLARKSON, John and ROBINSON, Peter, (eds.) Designing inclusive futures. London, Springer, 35-44.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul (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, Luisa and SCULLICA, Francesco, (eds.) Designing designers : unbranded design for for new user expectations, in East and West. Milan, Edizioni POLI.Design, 35-40.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and RODDIS, Jim (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, 22-24 September 2005.
CHAMBERLAIN, Paul and RODDIS, Jim (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.
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
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