Design Research Society

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A Design Research Society Special Interest Group on Design for Health, Wellbeing and Happiness

sigwelllogoGood design can bring broad benefits to society and so design research can help to meet the challenges of health, wellbeing and happiness of people in the future.  SIGWELL is a new community with an interest in advancing knowledge, and the development and application of design research in the broadest sense to improve the personal and societal health, wellbeing and happiness of people.

SIGWELL warmly welcomes members with interests in furthering design research which impacts upon health, wellbeing and happiness.  This includes (but is not limited to):

the design of products, environments and services for health and wellbeing

how design impacts upon happiness (and other emotional states)

the development of new tools and approaches for health and wellbeing design research

evidence-based design.

SIGWELL provides an international platform for researchers, design practitioners, design educators, students and the general public to exchange knowledge about design for health, wellbeing and happiness. Doctoral students and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to join.

The SIGWELL community will connect, communicate and collaborate through an online community (LinkedIn® Group) and through a programme of events and strands at international conferences.

SIGWELL is convened by Dr Rebecca Cain (University of Warwick, UK), Dr Phil Breedon (Nottingham Trent University, UK) and Prof Richard Coles (Birmingham City University, UK).

For more information, contact Dr Rebecca Cain This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Design Studies: Call for Special Issue papers

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