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  • Anna Talley posted an article
    Nominations to stand for election to the International Advisory Council of the DRS are open. see more

    Design Research Society International Advisory Council Elections 2024

    We are pleased to announce that nominations to stand for election to the International Advisory Council of the DRS, are now open.

    The DRS seeks an additional ten design researchers to join the current DRS International Advisory Council and actively contribute to taking forward the 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;
    • DRS Conference fee waiver.

    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.

    We particularly welcome nominees from areas of the world which are underrepresented on the current International Advisory Council, including the UK, Asia and the US.

    Standing for Election

    To be eligible for election you must: 

    • Be a full member of the DRS; 
    • Be nominated by one other full member;
    • Have institutional support.

    To complete your nomination, you should submit a candidate statement (200 words), along with statements of institutional and DRS member support, that:

    • Outlines your vision for the Society;
    • Provides an overview of your design research experience;
    • Explains how you would contribute to the DRS;
    • Confirms your commitment to creating diverse, equitable and inclusive practices in design research.

    Nominations must be sent to the DRS Administrator, Justin Sacks ( by 5pm (anywhere in the world) on Thursday 16th May 2024.

    Voting will take place with registered members between 25th May to 8th June 2024. 
    Election results will be announced early in June and confirmed at the Biennial General Meeting at the DRS2022 conference in Boston (24th June – 28rd June 2024). 

    For more information about the IAC and how to apply, please visit this page.

    Reference Documents

    Rules of the Society and Transition Plan 2020-2028
    Role of EB and IAC Chair IAC Member Role Description 
    EB Member Role Description
    Nomination Form

     March 20, 2024
  • Isabel Prochner posted an article
    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.



  • Isabel Prochner posted an article
    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.

  • Isabel Prochner posted an article
    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

    Voting will continue until 4th May and election results will be announced shortly after.

     April 23, 2020
  • Isabel Prochner posted an article
    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.


    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.

     March 02, 2020
  • Derek Jones posted an article
    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


    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


    Co-opted member:

    Dr Rhoda Trimingham (2017) Loughborough University, UK

  • Derek Jones posted an article
    Rachel Cooper OBE announced as new DRS President see more

    The Design Research Society is delighted to announce that Professor Rachel Cooper OBE has been named as its new President. Rachel is the Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. Professor Cooper’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books 'Designing Sustainable Cities' and 'The Handbook of Wellbeing and the Environment'. She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility covering topics such as designing for sustainability, inclusivity, service design, sport, health, transport and policy. She was founding editor of The Design Journal and also founding President of the European Academy of Design.


    On being appointed, Rachel said;

    “I am extremely honoured to be the new DRS president. As the longest established learned society for the design research, DRS have been a constant force throughout my career, enabling me access to contemporary theory and practice in design research and  to work with colleagues across the world. As DRS enters into its next 50 years I look forward to supporting and promoting the purpose of DRS and design research in a global context that offer so many opportunities for this discipline to make a difference to our lives and our planet.”
    Outgoing President Professor Nigel Cross commented;

    “I have been a member of the Design Research Society for 50 years - from soon after its founding in 1966 - and I have been its President for the last 11 years. The society has never been in a stronger position than it is today, and on a truly international scale. I am delighted to have been associated with this growing success, which is due to the efforts of many people, but especially the active members of its Council in recent years. I have been honoured to be President, and I am very pleased to be handing over to Rachel Cooper as the new President. I wish the Society continued success."

  • Derek Jones posted an article
    The DRS is holding its annual elections for council members and council officers. see more

    The DRS is holding its annual elections for council members and council officers. 

    Council members

    The council is the main vehicle for running and developing the DRS.  Council members are experts in their area of research and they also undertake a variety of work for the DRS, for example in forming groups to steer the development of new activities.

    Each year half of the members of the DRS council are elected to serve for two years and this year we have to elect 8 members.

    We welcome people who have something to contribute across the whole remit of the Society’s activities, and this year we are also particularly interested in people joining us to take on an active role in the following areas:

    \ Helping with our new online presence and communications strategy.

    \ Representing the design research PhD community.

    Council officers

    These people take the main responsibility for running the DRS and in addition to the Secretary and the Treasurer, are responsible for membership, communications, events, SIGs and internationalisation. These roles are elected annually.

    To stand for election you must be a paying member of DRS and you must be nominated by another member.  You will also need to provide a statement about yourself in the following format:

    1\ Outline your experience in design research (max 250 words)

    2\ Explain how you will actively contribute to the society (max 250 words).

    The nomination form can be downloaded below.

    Nominations must be sent by email to the Hon Secretary, Rebecca Cain at  by 12 noon BST on Tuesday 2nd May 2017. 

    The election will then take place and the results announced at the DRS Annual General Meeting at Nottingham Trent University on 26th May 2017.

    If you are interested in becoming an elected council member and would like to know more, please contact the Chair of the DRS Council, Prof Tracy Bhamra at

     April 13, 2017