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)


Screenshot_2016-03-23_09.27.37.pngRegistration for DRS2016 is now open

DRS2016 is taking shape! With nearly 500 paper submissions, 100 Conversation and Workshop proposals, and over 100 applications to PhD by Design, DRS2016 is set to be the largest and most varied biennial conference yet.

The conference asks three critical questions for the field:
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?

These questions will be addressed in the many Themes, Sessions, and Special Interest Groups that will make up the conference, with the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Design Research Society providing an historical backdrop to discussion and debate.

We want to start the conversations early though. To enrich the conference experience we aim to put accepted papers and proposals online as soon as possible so that discussions can begin prior to the conference and continue in Brighton.


Situated on the South Coast of the UK, 1 hour from London by train, 30 minutes from Gatwick Airport, and 90 minutes from Heathrow airport, Brighton is an outstanding seaside destination, ideally suited to a relaxed but focused conference experience in a unique historic setting. Brighton offers exceptional entertainment, accommodation, food, and cultural opportunities for an international audience.

Day 1: Conference Workshops, PhD by Design event, Drinks Reception
Day 2: Conference Sessions and 50th Anniversary Presentations and Exhibition
Day 3: Conference Sessions and Conference Dinner Event
Day 4: Conference Sessions and Beach Party
Day 5: Local Tours


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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)


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

12th Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference


20-22 April 2016 Adelaide, Australia Conference theme: Society, Economy & Communities: 21st Century Innovation in Doctoral Education.

Held every two years in Adelaide, South Australia, QPR brings together educational researchers, policy makers, university leaders, research students & research degree supervisors for the purpose of better understanding the processes, practices, pedagogies and theoretical frameworks of doctoral education.