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  • Anna Talley posted an article
    DRS2022Bilbao Conversations are now available on the Digital Library! see more

    The DRS2022Bilbao Conversations publications are now available on the DRS Digital Library. You can find them as part of the conference proceedings at this link:

    The full list of Conversations includes: 

    A marriage in practice: The role of design research in the world of medical science

    Toban Shadlyn, Center for Complexity at Rhode Island School of Design, USA
    Leigh Hubbard, Center for Complexity at Rhode Island School of Design, USA
    Tim Maly, Center for Complexity at Rhode Island School of Design, USA
    Hannah Dalgish, MainstayRI, Rhode Island, USA

    Beyond tokenistic approaches: How can engaging with vulnerable groups shape the policy process?

    Silvia Pau, University of the Arts, London
    Natalia Villaman, University of Helsinki, Helsinki

    Collective dialogues on motherhood for feminist futures

    Bree McMahon, University of Arkansas, USA
    Dina Benbrahim, University of Arkansas, USA
    Ryan Gibboney, Juniata College, USA
    Ashley Hairston Doughty, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

    Communicating the value of design research

    Joseph Lindley, Lancaster University, UK
    David Philip Green, Lancaster University, UK
    Mayane Dore, Lancaster University, UK
    Zach Mason, Lancaster University, UK
    Claire Coulton, Lancaster University, UK
    Arne Berger, Hochschule Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
    Miriam Sturdee, Lancaster University, UK

    Critiquing the design critique: Examining traditional assessment methods and shifting to new ways of co-sharing feedback

    Dajana Nedić, Virginia Tech, USA
    Piper Schuerman, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
    Gaby Hernández, University of Arkansas, USA
    Bree McMahon, University of Arkansas, USA
    Alexandria Canchola, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA

    Design + Ethics: How is it more than the sum of its parts?

    Deger Ozkaramanli, University of Twente, The Netherlands
    Michael Nagenborg, University of Twente, The Netherlands
    Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, Royal College of Art, UK
    Sanna Lehtinen, Aalto University, Finland
    Christine Schwobel-Patel, University of Warwick, UK
    Laura Ferrarello, Royal College of Art, UK

    Designing for transitions and transformations

    Femke Coops, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Caroline Hummels, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Kees Dorst, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
    Bruce Evan Goldstein, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
    Derk Loorbach, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), The Netherlands
    İdil Gaziulusoy, Aalto University, Finland

    Designing living artefacts: Opportunities and challenges for biodesign

    Raphael Kim, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Jiwei Zhou, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Eduard Georges Groutars, Avans University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
    Elvin Karana, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    Designing transformative futures

    Ann Light, University of Sussex, UK
    Colin M. Gray, Purdue University, USA
    Kristina Lindström, Malmö University, Sweden
    Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
    Dan Lockton, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh, UK

    Guiding the PhD in design: Experiences from six programs

    Pieter Jan Stappers, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Carlos Teixeira, IIT — Institute of Design, USA
    Lucia Rampino, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Weston Baxter, Imperial College London, UK
    Sampsa Hyysalo, Aalto University, Finland
    Jonathan Chapman, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

    How might design contribute to a circular economy

    Susan Evans, PolyU School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
    Mia B. Münster, PolyU School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

    Is inclusive design failing inclusion? Identifying the dilemmas at the core philosophy and practices of inclusive design

    Luka Kille-Speckter, University of Liverpool, UK
    Farnaz Nickpour, University of Liverpool, UK

    Prototyping tensions: How to talk to your colleagues about AI

    Sonja Rattay, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
    Mireia Yurrita, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Ignacio Garnham, Aarhus University, Denmark
    Jacob T. Browne, Philips Experience Design, The Netherlands

    Supporting design research on taboo topics

    Isabel Prochner, Syracuse University, USA

    The desire to excel in design education: Have we pushed it too far?

    Marie van den Bergh, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
    Rebecca Price, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    “What do you mean?” The state of design ‘defini- tions’ within the discipline and beyond

    Andrew Tibbles, University of Liverpool, UK
    Luka Kille-Speckter, University of Liverpool, UK
    Farnaz Nickpour, University of Liverpool, UK
    Isobel Leason, University of Liverpool, UK
    Cara Shaw, University of Liverpool, UK

    Who designs for policy?

    Federico Vaz, Loughborough University, UK
    Sofía Bosch Gomez, Northeastern University, USA

     November 30, 2022
  • Anna Talley posted an article
    DRS2022Bilbao seeks student volunteers! Applications due 7 May. see more

    The Design Research Society Conference 2022 is looking for student volunteers!

    Student volunteers help with a variety of aspects for delivering the conference including technical support, conference guidance, online preparation and setup.

    The conference will take place in Bilbao, Spain, from Saturday 25th of June to Sunday 3rd of July and will be fully hybrid, with a rich programme of activites from conversations, workshops and paper presentations to PhD events, keynote debates and a fringe festival.

    As a student volunteer, you will receive a registration fee waiver and outside your conference responsibilities will be able to participate in the conference (including meals during the main programme and access to the keynote events and social dinners). You will have the opportunity to connect with the international design research community and the other student volunteers in the beautiful city of Bilbao.

    Student volunteers are expected to travel to Bilbao and support the local organisation for around 20 hours with both the in-person and online conferences. Please state in your application if you already know the dates on which you will be at the conference.



    Please submit an application (max 1 page + 1 page CV) including:

    • Name, contact information, affiliation and current position, nationality, country of residence, and educational background.
    • Please indicate the language/s you can speak. A good level of English is mandatory, Spanish is a plus.
    • Please indicate if you have a paper, workshop or conversation accepted in the conference or if you are taking part in the PhD Event.
    • Share the motivation for your interest in design research (200 words) and in the conference.

    Lastly, please indicate the skills that you would bring (200 words) and especially, indicate in which of the following areas you think you would be able to assist:

    In-person conference:

    • Welcome of the participants, registration/reception.
    • Assisting in a workshop: room setup, welcome of participants, registration check.
    • Fringe events: registration check, helping guide participants to and from the different locations.
    • Help guiding participants to the different activities and lunch breaks at the main conference venue.
    • Coordinate with the track chairs and the AV/streaming staff during paper sessions.
    • Assisting during Q&A sessions (papers, keynote events).
    • Support local organisers during keynote events (welcome of keynote speakers, directions, etc).
    • Help PhD students and PhD Events organisers at the different locations (registration, directions, supply of material).

    Online conference:

    • Help desk for minor tech issues on the online platform through slack channels.
    • Help setting up streaming/hybrid sessions for in-person workshops.


    • Help set up the exhibition space (hanging printed content, arranging the space).
    • Coordinate with the local organisation to support DRS Labs organizers in sourcing material for the exhibition.


    For an overview of the conference programme, check here: 
    For a list of the conference locations, check here: 

    Please apply before May 7th. Send your application and CV in one PDF file to
    Please write "Student Volunteer Application" in the Subject line of your e-mail.

    We expect to accept up to 25 student volunteers with a good balance between local and international participants.

     April 21, 2022