Design for Society
Sets out to develop research methodologies capable of addressing multifaceted, conflicted situations that require the knowledge of more than one discipline in the search for solutions.
The interdisciplinary nature of this design approach has led to collaborations across research groups focusing on health, business innovation, and the exploitation of new technologies to support sustainability.
Current research projects:
Second Skin - developing new advanced textile solutions directed at alleviating some of the most chronic medical conditions.
Centre for Design and Innovation Management
C4DI The Centre for Design and Innovation Management is a new project established in 2008, designed to provide support to SMEs in design and innovation management. The Centre will establish a research and knowledge transfer network to promote the use of research and leading edge practice in design.
The new Centre is being funded through the Scottish Government’s SEEKIT Programme together with a grant from the European Regional Development Fund. The Centre works closely in collaboration with Scottish Enterprise to establish links with companies. The Centre also hosts a number of events, workshops, seminars and exhibitions.
Further details can be found at www.c4di.org.uk
Sue Fairburn is a lecturer in design & product design with research interests in extreme environments/space architecture, reciprocity, regenerative principles and knowledge exchange.
Julian Malins, course leader for the research masters course and senior school lecturer, currently focuses his research on design methodologies that support innovation within SMEs.
Lecturer Product Design, Joint Subject Leader Masters MDEs MFA Course & Established Member IDEAS Research Institute
Josie Steed is course leader for Fashion & Textile Design with a research interest in the pervasive nature of textiles as a key component of contemporary material culture.
Seeking appropriate measures to evaluate the effectiveness of innovation enablers and assess the contribution of these methods and design interventions to business organisations.