The evolving landscape of design research in the UK

Paul A. Rodgers, Francesco Mazzarella, Loura Conerney

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Abstract

This paper reports on the evolving landscape of design research in the UK overthe last 12 years. Through a rigorous analysis of a sample of 379 design research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), this paper presents a detailed account of the evolution of AHRC-funded design research and how various factors – such as the financial value, project team size, collaborating organisations, and the geographical spread of design research in the UK – has changed in the period between 2002 and 2018. The paper examines the nature, scale, and diversity of UK-based design research and how it is increasingly interdisciplinary and collaborative. Furthermore, it shows the extent to whichdesign researchers are dealing with significant social, cultural, economic, and environmental issues including those articulated in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Furthermore, whilst highlighting issues overlooked in contemporary forms of design research in the UK, the paper suggests other possible challenges for design research to focus on in the future in order to strengthen its contribution to activating social, cultural, economicand environmental change.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2019
EventInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019: Design Revolutions - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sep 20195 Sep 2019

Conference

ConferenceInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period2/09/195/09/19

Keywords

  • design research
  • evolution
  • change
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'The evolving landscape of design research in the UK'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Rodgers, P. A., Mazzarella, F., & Conerney, L. (2019). The evolving landscape of design research in the UK. Paper presented at International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019, Manchester, United Kingdom.