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DRS 2020 Elections for the International Advisory Council

Nominations are Invited

We are very pleased to announce that, following recent votes on constitutional changes, nominations to stand for the first International Advisory Council of the DRS are open from 2 March - 9 April 2020.

The DRS seeks eighteen (18) ambitious and productive design researchers to form the first DRS International Advisory Council and contribute to taking forward the revised mission of the Society in progressing the field of design research.

The benefits of serving on the International Advisory Council include:

      \ Influencing the field of Design Research;

      \ Being part of a leading network of design researchers;

      \ Access to financial support to progress initiatives;

      \ Eligibility to stand for a role on the Executive Board;

      \ Career development that enhances your CV.

We encourage researchers from all parts of the world to consider standing for election, particularly those with a vision about how design research should develop, and awareness of the Society’s ambitions.

Download the Role Description for Members of the International Advisory Council


About the International Advisory Council

The International Advisory Council (IAC) will be the main advisory body within the new DRS Governance Structure. They will work with a 5-person Executive Board—formed from the International Advisory Council—in delivering strategy over the coming years. The IAC will meet once a year face-to-face and will operate through working groups, meeting online and liaising with the Executive Board throughout the year.

IAC members will be experts in their area of research and undertake a range of work for the DRS. IAC members will help develop policy, work on specific projects, and enhance the range of activities offered by the DRS to strengthen the network of existing design researchers and nurture the development of new researchers.

IAC Members will be elected for a period six years, with the possibility of a two-year extension. Following election, IAC Members will be eligible to stand for the Executive Board who will manage the week-to-week working of the Society. The Executive Board will consist of Chair of the Society, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and one other Member. IAC Members will also be eligible to stand for the position of Chair of the International Advisory Council.

Download the Executive Board Member Role Description


Standing for Election

To be eligible for election to the IAC you must: 

      \ Be a full member of the DRS; 

      \ Be nominated by one other full member;

      \ Have institutional support.



To stand for election you must complete a nomination form with a candidate statement (200 words), along with statements of institutional and DRS member support. The candidate statement should:

      \ Outline your vision for the Society;

      \ Provide an overview of your design research experience;

      \ Explain how you would contribute to the DRS

Download the Nomination Form

Nominations must be sent to the DRS Administrator Linda Anderson, admin@designresearchsociety.orgby 5 pm BST on Thursday 9 April.



Voting will take place with registered members between 16–29 April, based on candidate statements received.

Election results will be announced at the beginning of May and successful candidates will be expected to attend the first DRS Summit Meeting to be held at TU Delft, The Netherlands, from 2–3 July 2020.


Further Information

If you are interested in becoming a member of the International Advisory Council and would like to know more, please contact DRS Administrator Linda Anderson,, or the Acting Chair of the DRS, Professor Peter Lloyd,


Equal Opportunities

The DRS celebrates and supports diversity for the benefit of our members, our services, and our community. The DRS is proud to promote equal opportunities in all the activities that it organizes and supports.


Reference Documents

International Advisory Council Member Role Description | pdf

Executive Board Member Role Description | pdf

Nomination Form | Word

Annual Reports | 2019 pdf | 2018 pdf | 2017 pdf

2019 Governance Proposal | pdf

Rules of the Society and Transition Plan 2020-2028 | pdf