Recent DRS news see more
Chair’s Update, June 2020
The speed of recent global events has given us a new sense of the world we live in and its complex and often invisible interconnections. This presents both new challenges and new opportunities for design research. In this light I’m looking forward to DRS2020 where we can begin to map out some of these issues in the online workshops and conversations that are being planned. A recent article by Bruno Latour on the coronavirus crisis1 laid out some provocative thinking in this respect, ending with very simple but pertinent questions with which to think about how design research can help shape our common future.
The past couple of months have been busy ones for the DRS with elections taking place and the formation of the first International Advisory Council with members from all over the world. 18 successful candidates will now work together to take the DRS forward over the next few years. The first meetings of the new Council will take place over the coming weeks. I’m sure they will result in exciting ideas to develop the Society and the field of design research. I would like to thank all the members of the Interim Council who will not be continuing, but have done so much in getting the Society to this positive position.
I’m also pleased to report that the new DRS Digital Library is taking shape using Elsevier’s Digital Commons platform. Once up and running, the Digital Library will become a repository for all DRS publications and archival material and also offers the possibility of hosting related design research publications This will increase our impact on the research landscape with more visibility in citation searches. Publishing the papers for DRS2020 is our first priority and we hope to launch the Digital Library in the weeks leading up to the conference.
Finally, our newest Special Interest Group, Pluriversal Design, held its first major event this month. With exceptional timing the PIVOT conference explored how we can design a world with many centres. With over 40 presentations and multiple breakout discussions, it was an inspiring online event for those who attended. A conference review will be coming soon.
I wish everyone a safe and successful summer, and look forward to meeting some of you at DRS2020.
Peter Lloyd, Acting Chair of DRS
The Interim Council is waving goodbye and saying hello to the new IAC see more
Goodbye and Hello: Thank You to the DRS Interim Council
The DRS is preparing for the changeover from the Interim Council to the newly elected International Advisory Council (IAC). The Interim Council formed in January 2019 to manage the transition to the new governance structure. Though some Interim Council members were not elected, the final meeting on 15th May was very positive, with the outgoing council looking forward to strategy and leadership from the new IAC.
DRS President Rachel Cooper and Peter Lloyd, Acting Chair of the Interim Council, thank outgoing council members: Tom Fisher, Emma Dewberry, Hua Dong, Derek Jones, Tracy Bhamra, Martyn Evans, Robert Harland, Robin Roy, Ming Cheung and Emmanuel Tsekleves. Their work over the past 17 months has prepared the DRS for a strong future. Interim Council members Peter Lloyd, Rebecca Cain and Stella Boess have been elected to serve on the new IAC.
In the screenshots from the last meeting, the Interim Council is waving goodbye and saying hello to the new IAC. DRS President Rachel Cooper, Administrator Linda Anderson and Online Editor Isabel Prochner are also shown.
Emmanuel is recognized for his work on community health and the international focus in his research see more
This Much I Know (About Design Research): Emmanuel Tsekleves
This Much I Know (About Design Research) is an interview series that profiles members of the DRS. In this edition, we spoke with Emmanuel Tsekleves about his design research and current projects. Emmanuel is senior lecturer in design at Lancaster University, associate director for international research at ImaginationLancaster, DRS Interim Advisory Council member and co-convenor of the DRS Global Health SIG. He is recognized for his work on community health and the strong international focus in his research.
What projects are you currently working on?
My collaborators and I just finished a project on inclusive policy for seniors in Malaysia in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. We explored how design research methods can help governments anticipate change and engage the community.
Can you give an example?
Sure—we focused on training civil servants and community champions in the use of speculative design. These partners ran speculative design workshops with senior citizens to imagine new approaches to public transport for seniors.
What’s next for you?
I’m still involved in 5 other research projects! And I’m busy with a new book Design for Global Challenges. It’ll be part of the Design for Social Responsibility series at Routledge.
What drives your research?
Face-to-face meetings and connections with people—being able to work with my research partners in communities all around the world. Sadly that’s gotten a lot harder lately.
Who are your research partners?
We’re a multidisciplinary and international group with design researchers and folks with expertise in health, epidemiology, developmental sciences and social science. We've been working with local partners and communities in Ghana, Angola, Cameroon and Malaysia to tackle sustainable development challenges related to health. Another important partner is the Women Economic Imperative—we've worked together on a project looking at gender health and women’s health as an economic value.
Do you have advice for other researchers?
I once asked a research participant what he needed from a project and he said: “for you to come back.” Think long term in your research and make sure it can have a lasting impact for your participants.
You’re also heavily involved with the DRS!
Yes—it’s an important community and a way to collaborate for the common good. Expanding the Society's international agenda and engaging health and design researchers beyond the Global North to the Global South are the main reasons I joined the DRS community and created the Global Health SIG.
Any parting words to share with our members?
We need to push ourselves to innovate, find new ways of doing things, and find new ways to make an impact. I strongly believe that’s our responsibility as designers and as researchers.
Find out more about Emmanuel and his work at http://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk/person/emmanuel-tsekleves/
Interested in getting involved in this interview series? Tell us about your work or nominate another researcher. Contact Isabel at email@example.com.
18 elected candidates will form the new Council see more
Election Results: The New DRS International Advisory Council
Voting for the new DRS International Advisory Council (IAC) closed 4th May with a total of 2262 votes cast. Of the 41 nominees, 18 elected candidates will form the new Council. The elected IAC members will develop policy, work on DRS 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.
We would like to thank all candidates who stood for election and look forward to an exciting future with this new Council. Election results and more information about DRS Elections 2020 are available here.
41 candidates were nominated to stand for the new DRS International Advisory Council see more
Nominated Candidates for DRS Elections 2020
Voting for DRS Elections 2020 opened this week on Monday. We’re pleased to announce that 41 candidates were nominated to stand for the new DRS International Advisory Council (IAC). Candidates come from 17 countries across 5 continents and range from PhD candidates to internationally recognized design research leaders.
You can download the statements of all candidates, including their vision for the DRS and their research background, along with their nominator's statement here.
The IAC will advise on the future direction of the Society and help develop the range of events, services and activities we offer to our membership and to the design research community more generally. Each DRS member is invited to vote for 8-18 candidates to fill 18 IAC positions.
DRS members received an email with a link to the Opavote voting platform earlier this week. If you have questions or didn’t receive your invitation, contact DRS administrator Linda Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Voting will continue until 4th May and election results will be announced shortly after.
The DRS enters 2020 in a good financial position and with growing followers see more
DRS Annual Report 2019
The DRS Annual Report 2019 is available for download below. It includes the Chair’s Report from Peter Lloyd, acting chair of the DRS and a report from Honorary Secretary Rebecca Cain. There are also reports on finance, membership, communications, events and DRS Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
2019 was a significant year for DRS leadership with the proposal of a new governance structure in January. Design Studies, the academic journal of the Society, celebrated its 40th year and announced an increased impact factor, reinforcing its high ranking in the field of design research. Although there was no DRS biennial conference, there were many exciting SIG events. This included PedSIG’s Learn X Design Conference, the EKSIG 2019 Conference and the OPENSIG book launch for Tricky Design: The Ethics of Things.
Nominations to stand for the first International Advisory Council are now open see more
DRS Elections 2020: Call for Nominations
We are pleased to announce that nominations to stand for the first International Advisory Council (IAC) of the DRS are now open. The DRS seeks 18 ambitious design researchers to form the new IAC and contribute to creating a truly international and inclusive Society to progress the field of design research. We encourage DRS Members 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.
The benefits of serving on the IAC include:
- Influencing the field of Design Research;
- Being part of a network of design research leaders;
- Access to financial support to progress initiatives;
- Entitlement to stand for a role on the Executive Board;
- Career development that enhances your CV.
Nominations must be submitted by 5 pm BST on Thursday 9 April. Further details about the 2020 DRS Elections and the nomination process are available here.
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.
Announcing changes that will make the Society more inclusive, international, and influential see more
DRS Votes 'Yes' to New Governance Model
Following a unanimous vote at Tuesday's Special General Meeting, the DRS will undergo structural changes that will make the Society more inclusive, international, and influential. In a first for the Society the General Meeting was held entirely online which allowed members to join from as far away as Australia, Chile, and the US.
The DRS Council will now become an International Advisory Council (IAC) of 30 members from which 5 members will form an Executive Board. Liaising with the Executive Board, IAC members will form working groups in strategic areas to further the aims of the Society and progress the discipline of design research.
Additional changes include term limits for Executive Board and International Advisory Council positions and an emphasis on virtual meetings. The DRS Administration team will also grow, adding to current Administrator, Online Editor and Publications and Archive Editor roles.
This restructuring follows discussions with members at the Future DRS meeting (DRS2018) and votes at the 2018 AGM. It reflects the future vision of the Society defined by DRS members and the current Interim Advisory Council. The structure of the DRS has changed little since its inauguration in 1966 and we feel it is time to evolve in response to current needs and the changing nature of the design research discipline.
More news will follow about the new roles that will be available, the upcoming elections, and the transition to the new structure.
Vote on proposed rule changes for the Society see more
Special General Meeting of the DRS, 21st January 2020
A Special General Meeting (SGM) of the DRS will be held on Tuesday 21st January 2020 from 11:30-13:30 GMT.
DRS Members voted in favor of a new governance structure at the AGM in January 2019. This new structure will allow the DRS to become a more effective, inclusive, and international organization.
The purpose of the upcoming SGM is to vote on the proposed rule changes that will enable the new governance structure to come into force.
For the first time we will be holding a general meeting entirely online to enable remote participation for as many DRS members as possible. The meeting is an important milestone that affects the future of the Society. All members are encouraged to attend and place their vote.
Visit the SGM event page to register, view the agenda, and download meeting documents.
DRS news from September-December 2019 see more
Chair’s Update, December 2019
At the DRS AGM in January this year members voted to adopt a new governance structure to allow the DRS to become a more effective, inclusive, and international organisation. Since then an Interim DRS Advisory Council has been meeting regularly to map out the future activities of the DRS and develop the constitutional rule changes necessary for this new structure to come into place.
Happily we now have a proposed new set of rules, but these will need confirmation by members at a Special General Meeting to be held on 21st January 2020 at 11:30 am (UK time). We will be holding this meeting online to allow wide participation for as many members as possible. At the meeting we will outline our present position, the proposed future for the Society, and the rule changes that will mean we can work together to better develop the field of design research.
Please put this date in your diaries! We would like to encourage as many members as possible to join the meeting not only to vote, but also to find out about the future of the DRS. An official announcement about the Special General Meeting with further details will be made in the coming weeks.
I am also pleased to say that the regular work of the DRS continues as well. In the past months we have launched new SIGs (Global Health SIG and Pluiversal Design SIG), have had new Fellows join us, awarded nine student research bursaries, and appointed a new Publications and Archives Editor. We are also working on a report about funding for design research in different countries around the world to help members understand the international funding landscape and learn from each other.
The paper deadline for DRS2020 (9th December) is rapidly approaching and we look forward to receiving submissions for this. We will shortly be putting out the call for expressions of interest to host the DRS2022 conference.
Finally, Design Studies, the journal of the DRS, celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year and in the latest volume Nigel Cross has edited a special issue of invited contributions reflecting on 40 years of design research and the growth of the ‘discipline of design’. There are some thoughtful and analytical contributions which are well worth reading.
I wish you all a great festive season and look forward to an important year for the DRS in 2020!
Peter Lloyd, Acting Chair of the Interim DRS Advisory Council
Update from Peter Lloyd, Acting Chair of the DRS Interim Advisory Council see more
Chair’s Update, August 2019
Summer is conference season and I had the pleasure of attending the Learn X Design conference in Ankara this July. This is the biennial conference for our Pedagogy Research SIG (PedSIG). What a fantastic experience it was, both in the research that was presented, the people that came from all over the world, and the outstanding social events. Talking about design education research in a Turkish Hammam was a particular highlight. So a big thanks to Naz Börekçi, Fatma Korkut, and Dalsu Özgen Koçyıldırım and all at METU for their excellent organisation and hosting. You can read more about the conference here.
Above: Photo at the closing of Learn X Design 2019
In September I look forward to meeting some of you at the IASDR conference in Manchester. IASDR connects different societies of design research across the world and is a great opportunity to forge new collaborations and partnerships. In other news, the improved governance model for the Society is reaching the final stages of approval by Council and will make us a more international and inclusive Society. Further information about this will be available in the coming months. We hope also to officially launch the DRS2020 conference in Brisbane in the coming weeks.
Above: DRS2020 logo
I’m also pleased to announce that the journal of the DRS, Design Studies, has increased its impact factor in the past year, rising to 2.78 and keeping us right at the top of design research journals. Finally, I would like to encourage members who have made significant contributions to the design research field to apply for Fellowship of the Society, this recognises important contributions of individuals and can enhance your external profile.
Peter Lloyd, Acting Chair of the DRS Interim Advisory Council
Future DRS see more
As announced in the May DRS Member's Newsletter, a DRS Special Session will be held at the 2018 DRS Conference in Limerick. This will take place on the last day of conference - Thursday 28 June, 12:45 - 14:00 in room KBG12. All DRS Members are invited to attend this session, where Council will report to members and begin discussion on the future of the DRS.
To be an international and representative community committed to promoting and developing design research, DRS Council believes the Society needs to engage in a more interactive and participatory way in setting future directions. However, the challenges in achieving this in contemporary contexts need to be recognised. As a starting point we propose to focus on four themes and conversations that will begin at the Special General Meeting.
So please come to this Special Meeting and help influence the future direction of the Society! If you're not coming to Conference (and even if you are), we encourage you to give us feedback directly using the online form.
Look out for further opportunities to engage during conference by following us on Twitter.
DRS is currently in good health and focussing on an extended range of aims and objectives! see more
Chair’s Update, May 2019
2019 begun with fundamental changes for the DRS. At the Annual General Meeting in Manchester in January those present voted in a new governance structure that will mean we can properly represent our international membership and allow us to work on a wider range of issues and challenges for design research.
At the Council meeting following the AGM the previous Chair, Tracy Bhamra, signalled her intention to step down and, after a vote, I was happy to be elected as Acting Chair of an Interim Advisory Council while we work towards formalising the new structure. When this is complete, later this year, we will put out a call for members to stand for election. I would like to thank Tracy for her excellent leadership of the DRS over the past couple of years and she remains as part of the Advisory Council.
Following the AGM a number of other people have stepped down from Council and I would like to thank them all for their dedicated service: Kristina Niederrer, Arno Verhoeven, Nithikul Nimkulrat, and Keelin Leahy.
In their place I would like to welcome two new members to Council: Ming Cheung, Professor of Experience Design at Griffiths University, Brisbane, who is the conference chair for DRS2020 (details to be announced soon) and Emmanuel Tsekleves from Lancaster University, convener for the new Global Health Special Interest Group. Welcome both!
We are currently looking at bringing PhD Researcher representation to council by co-opting two student members. This will mean we will begin to cater for what is becoming an increasingly large part of the DRS, the student membership body.
Above: Photo from the AGM, January 2019
In March the DRS contributed to a second meeting of the Montreal Design Declaration, a worldwide consortium of design organisations focussed on working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Alongside other design research organisations, such as IASDR and the Design Society, we put the case for design research to be an integral part of meeting these challenges. Partnership working will be key to the success of the DRS over the coming years and it is our intention to be present at more events like this in promoting the value of design research.
Above: Photo from the second Design Declaration Summit, April 2019
The DRS SIGs continue to be a healthy area of development for the society. In the past month we have approved two new SIGs: Global Health and Pluriversal Design and now offer an annual fund for SIG development activity. Three well established SIGs have been involved with significant events. SIGWELL recently held a well-attended event at TU Delft, OpenSIG is launching Tricky Design, a book conceived at our DRS2016 conference, at the Design Museum in London, and we look forward to Learn X Design, the biennial conference for PEDSIG at METU Ankara, Turkey in July.
Above: Photo from the SIGWELL Conference, April 2019
So I’m happy to report that the DRS is currently in good health and focussing on an extended range of aims and objectives. I will be at Learn X in Ankara and hope to meet any other members that are attending.
Peter Lloyd, Acting Chair
2018 Annual General Meeting 2018 see more
2018 Annual General Meeting
The 2018 DRS Annual General Meeting took place in Manchester on Tuesday 15 January 2019. The meeting heard reports from DRS Officers (available here) and then approved the proposed new Governance Structure by a vote of 19 for, 1 against, with 1 abstention.
Following the AGM a further meeting was held to confirm an Interim Advisory Council (IAC) to manage the transition arrangements as the DRS works towards implementing the new structures whilst maintaining existing operations. Peter Lloyd was elected as the Acting Chair of the Interim Advisory Council.
The vote marks a significant change to the operation of the DRS. We believe it will allow the society to properly represent its international membership and further develop the field of design research.
We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the consultation and discussion and we look forward to a productive future for the DRS.
2017 DRS Election results see more
The 2017 election process was organised online for the first time, leading to a threefold increase in the number of members taking part.
The new DRS council for 2017-2018 now looks like this:
President Prof Rachel Cooper OBE, Lancaster University, UK Chair Prof Tracy Bhamra (2017) Loughborough University, UK Vice Chair Prof Peter Lloyd (2016) Brighton University, UK Hon. Secretary Dr Rebecca Cain (2017) University of Warwick, UK Hon. Treasurer Prof Tom Fisher (2017) Nottingham Trent University, UK Membership Secretary Dr Emma Dewberry (2017) Open University, UK Events Secretary Dr Erik Bohemia (2017) Loughborough University, UK Communications Secretary Mr Derek Jones (2017), Open University, UK Internationalisation Secretary Dr Tiiu Poldma (2017) University of Montreal, Canada SIGs Secretary Prof Kristina Niedderer (2017) Uni of Wolverhampton, UK
OTHER ELECTED MEMBERS:
Dr Stella Boess (2017) TU Delft, the Netherlands
Prof Hua Dong (2017) Tongji University, China
Prof David Durling (2017) Coventry University, UK
Prof Martyn Evans (2017) Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Dr Robert Harland (2017) Loughborough University
Dr Keelin Leahy (2016) Limerick University, Ireland
Dr Vicky Lofthouse (2017) Loughborough University, UK
Prof Nithikul Nimkulrat (2016) Estonian Academy of the Arts, Estonia
Prof Robin Roy (2016) The Open University, UK
Prof Michael Tovey (2016) Coventry University, UK
Dr Arno Verhoeven (2016) Edinburgh University, UK
Dr Rhoda Trimingham (2017) Loughborough University, UK