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JUNE 24TH-28TH, 2024

We are pleased to announce that the 2024 Design Research Society (DRS) conference will be taking place in Boston, MA (USA) from June 24th-28th, 2024, hosted by the College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University. 

Design has long been a practice of smoothing away the rough edges of the world. Designers continue to play a role in streamlining products, optimizing processes, improving efficiency within organizations, automating user experiences, making interfaces more “user friendly” or making services and systems more seamless. But, in the present moment, the world is kicking back. 

Whether through lived experiences with technological glitches, homes full of networked devices that fail to understand global accents, alienating and dehumanizing work cultures in organizations, the breakdown of health systems during Covid-19, and the ongoing and intensifying climate crises, it is not difficult to conclude that a great deal of uncertainty, even chaos, characterizes the present moment. It makes no sense to continue using the same methods, approaches and processes to solve problems as those that created this state of affairs in the first place.

As designers, we see the themes of resistance, recovery, reflection and reimagination as ways of opening up alternative methodologies for the field of design in order to reconsider our knowledge, methods and approaches.

These themes offer design scholars and practitioners the opportunity to reflect on the epistemologies and assumptions embedded within the human-centered design tradition; the kind of methods and processes that are needed to engage with multiple crises of unchecked capitalism and environmental devastation; the modes of resistance that are possible across academic and cultural institutions as well as government, business and activism; and, importantly, we must participate in the reimagining of our ways of life with attention to design justice.



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Early Bird In person (Until May 10th)

  • Member - $795.00

  • Non-Member - $935.00

  • PhD/Student Member - $514.00

  • PhD/Student Non-Member - $561.00

Full Rate In Person

  • Member - $935.00

  • Non-Member - $1100.00

  • PhD/Student Member - $605.00

  • PhD/Student Non-Member - $660.00

Early Bird Online (Until May 10th)

  • Member - $358.00

  • Non-Member - $421.00

  • PhD/Student Member - $231.00

  • PhD/Student Non-Member - $252.00

Full Rate Online

  • Member - $421.00

  • Non-Member - $495.00

  • PhD/Student Member - $272.00

  • PhD/Student Non-Member - $297.00


You will be able to fully participate, whether in person in Boston or online from your preferred location. Authors of accepted papers are required to register and present their work at the conference, either physically or virtually. Accepted submissions will only be published in the conference proceedings if at least one author registers for the conference and presents their work.
If you are not already a DRS member, you can join here.
There is a 30% discount for DRS Members who are residents of a country on the DAC list of ODA recipients. Please contact to find out how you can register at this discounted rate.

The in-person conference registration fees include:

  • Admission to all paper sessions, workshops, conversations and keynote events

    • Workshops will require pre-registration

  • Private Reception at Boston's Symphony Hall

  • Tour of MFA Boston

  • Visit to MIT and Harvard University campuses for conference activities

  • One catered brunch or lunch per day

  • Access to select DRS Fringe Program events

    • Subject to a maximum capacity limit

    • Some Fringe events will require pre-registration and/or an extra cost

  • Access to the DRS 2024 conference app

  • Conference guide

  • Open Access and publication feeS

Online registration fees include:

  • Admission to the streaming of all paper sessions and keynote events, as well as certain pre-specified workshops and conversations

  • Access to the DRS 2024 conference app

  • Conference guide

  • Open Access and publication fees



Northeastern University is a private R1 research institution in Boston, United States. Established in 1898, the university currently serves a total of 22,314 undergraduate students and 19,528 graduate students on its main campus as well as its domestic satellite campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; San Jose, California; Oakland, California; Portland, Maine; and its international satellite campuses London, England and Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

To learn more about Northeastern please visit:



Harvard University Graduate School of Design

MIT Morningside Academy for Design

Design Museum Foundation

City of Boston Mayor‘s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Museum of Fine Arts Boston


24 Jun 2024 @ 9:00am EDT
28 Jun 2024 @ 7:00pm EDT

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