Co-designing pathways to opportunities for young people in the north west of England

Laura Wareing, Paul A. Rodgers, Nick Dunn

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This paper presents ongoing research from the first of a series of projectsexamining how collaborative design approaches can raise aspirations and increase opportunities for people throughout the North West of England, in support of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. The paper presents a case study where design practitioners and youth workers have worked together to co-design a prototype for an intervention that aimed to foster positive engagement between young people and businesses in Burnley in the North West of England. The paper outlines a number of insights that have emerged from observing and participating in the co-design process including the importance of trust in partnerships, skills and learning of the team, steps needed to sustain the project, and the challenges and opportunities of co-design. The paper concludes on how a “place-based co-design approach” may potentially contribute value to more resilient and sustainable communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)863-883
Number of pages21
JournalDesign Journal
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019
EventRunning with Scissors: 13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design - Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019


  • co-design
  • social change
  • sustainable communities
  • place-based
  • young people
  • aspirations


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