Design Research Society Council Elections 2016

The DRS is holding its annual elections for council members and council officers. 

Council members – The council is the main vehicle for running and developing the DRS.  Council members are experts in their area of research and they also undertake a variety of work for the DRS, for example in forming groups to steer the development of new activities. Each year half of the members of the DRS council are elected to serve for two years. This year we must elect 6 members.

Council officers – These people take the main responsibility for running the DRS and in addition to the Secretary and the Treasurer, are responsible for membership, communications, events and internationalisation. These roles are elected annually.

To stand for election you must be a paying member of DRS and you must be nominated by another member.  You will also need to provide a statement about yourself (max 500 words) which demonstrates your experience and what you hope to achieve for DRS as a council member. 

The nomination form can be downloaded here [Word doc] 

Nominations must be emailed to the Hon Secretary, Dave Garrett at by 5pm GMT on Wednesday 8th June 2016.  The election will then take place, and the results will be announced at the DRS Annual General Meeting at DRS2016 on the 28th June 2016.

If you are interested in becoming an elected council member and would like to know more, please contact the Vice Chair of the DRS Council, Prof Tracy Bhamra  at



The Design Research Society (DRS) is pleased to announce the next deadline for applications to the Student Research Bursary Scheme.  

The aim of the scheme  is for the DRS to directly support design research projects by research students across the world.  Examples of previous awards and projects can be found on the DRS website:

The scheme is open to all student members of the society, together with a sponsor who is also a DRS member.  Please see the DRS website for further details and an application form

The deadline for applications is 18th of June 2016.

If you are not a DRS member, and would like to apply for a bursary, the cost of joining as a student member is 30GBP for three years' membership.  Full membership is 30GBP per year.

Best wishes,

Tom Fisher (for Peter Lloyd DRS Membership Secretary)


The Design Research Society is the multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community, promoting excellence in design research globally.

  • recognising design as a creative act common to many disciplines
  • understanding research and its relationship with education and practice
  • advancing the theory and practice of design

Find out more about the society, and its aims and activities, history, governance, current council and events.

Special Interest Groups

DRS now has nine SIGS which aim to facilitate debate and networking between DRS members, and to produce resources accessible to the research community. Find out more on the individual SIG pages.

  • Experiential Knowledge SIG (EKSIG)
  • Design Pedagogy SIG (PedSIG)
  • Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks SIG (OPENSIG)
  • Inclusive Design SIG (Inclusive SIG)
  • Inclusive SIG
  • Sustainability SIG
  • Design for Behaviour Change SIG (Behaviour Change SIG)
  • Design for Tangible, Embedded and Networked Technologies SIG (tentSIG)




BRIGHTON, 27-30 JUNE 2016

Over the past 50 years design research has established a firm basis for our understanding of design. For DRS2016 we consider how design research can help us address the problems we face now and the challenges that lie ahead. We ask three questions:

How can design research help frame and address the societal problems that face us?
How can design research be a creative and active force for rethinking ideas about Design?
How can design research shape our lives in more responsible, meaningful, and open ways?
DRS2016 is hosted by the University of Brighton in the UK, in association with the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London (where the very first meeting of the Design Research Society was held in 1966). The conference week will give attendees the chance to experience the energy and creativity of the dynamic city of Brighton.


GLOBAL DWELLING: Sustainability - Design - Participation

Date: Friday 23 September 2016, Manchester, UK.

The third OIKONET conference on “Global Dwelling” will be hosted by the Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture, School of Art, Design and Fashion, University of Central Lancashire.


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Cumulus Hong Kong 2016

Open Design for E-very-thing – exploring new design purposes
by the Hong Kong Design Institute, Hong Kong, China
November 21 – 24, 2016
Conference website open!



Call for Participation

A workshop at ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2016)

In this one-day workshop, we interrogate design strategies such as troubling, friction, queering, and contestation that aim to question the status quo. In ways that are playful, heretical, theoretical, and applied we examine tactics that make space for alternative values to emerge in everyday life. As we design interactive systems that, on the one hand, seek to be accountable in responding to current and future societal challenges, and, on the other, are becoming ever more complex, we ask what trends in destabilizing and rethinking may help us innovate in both method and outcome.

5 June 2016, Brisbane, Australia


Cumulus Nottingham 2016

27 April – 1 May
The next conference under the Cumulus umbrella in Nottingham is getting closer – start early morning on Wed 27 April until Sunday 1 May 2017


In this Place hosted by Nottingham Trent University