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Rebecca Partridge

Design Researcher


I work in Lab4living, an interdisciplinary research cluster, where I am a Design researcher whose work focuses on Design in Healthcare.

I have a broad range of research experience in the field of healthcare and have recently completed a PhD to explore the practice of Research through Design in this field.

My research interests include using creative, participatory and experiential methods to engage and include diverse stakeholder voices in research, develop interventions, improve services and create lasting change.

I am passionate about the role of the Design professional in the facilitation of Design methods, therefore core to my work is understanding the role that these design methods and approaches play and the impact and benefits they bring to healthcare.

  • About

    After Graduating from a Product Design course in 2012, I have worked in Design Research, focusing on using Design methods and approaches on a range of healthcare based projects. These projects often have a diverse range of stakeholders with hierarchical boundaries based in complex medical systems. My approach is participatory, visual, creative, experiential and champions the role of Design.

    My PhD used a Research through Design approach to develop an intervention to share design skills with adolescents who have chronic pain. Key to this study was role of the design approach negotiated complex NHS procedures, built trust with core staff members to develop the intervention, and used creative and visual means to unify a team and develop a new service programme.

    During my career, I have also completed a short course in Service design and am qualified as a workshop facilitator in Lego Serious Play. I have facilitated creative masterclasses and Lego serious Play as a conference invitee.

  • Teaching

    Science, Technology and Arts

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre
    • Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute

    Lab 4 Living

    SHINE - Design in Rehab

    RSA Spinal Injury Design Workshops


  • Publications

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