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But in a context in which ‘Politics drives change faster than social design does’, what are the implications for academic social design research?

The final speaker Paul Rodgers argued it was a great time to be a design researcher.

In this panel discussion, speakers from academic design research shared perspectives from different contexts and formats for doing design research in relation to social issues.

What kinds of infrastructuring and capacities are required to do design research that results in social change?

Speakers: Guy Julier, Professor of Design Culture at the University of Brighton; Lucy Kimbell, Professor of Contemporary Design Practices at University of the Arts London (chair); Paul Rodgers, Professor of Design Issues at Lancaster University and AHRC Design Leadership Fellow; Ann Light, Professor of Design and Creative Technology, University of Sussex; and Adam Thorpe, Professor of Socially Responsible Design at UAL.

Design research has a long history of studying and intervening into social issues.

This was an invite-only workshop, held in February 2016.

Chair: Lucy Kimbell, University of the Arts London Luxury goods and services are associated with craftsmanship, rarity, uniqueness and heritage but is this at odds with what is happening in the sector?

They identified 3 types of social infrastructuring that design research achieves: relational infrastructuring, to build mutual understanding and shared values; thematic – in which people get together around a theme with common objectives; and strategic, building up capacity and confidence to embrace uncertainty.

She says that doing the 'other thing' in them is too far, however.

Her boyfriend will help her into a clean nappy, but refuses to change her out of a dirty one Jess said: 'As a little girl, I like to do a lot of different things - I like to drink out of sippy cups, I like to dance and wear cute dress and tutus, I like to colour in my colouring books, listen to cute music, watch kids' movies and play around in make-up that I shouldn't be playing around in.'She said: 'I only pee in them, I don't do the "other thing" in them - that's just too far for me.

He described his recent AHRC design research fellowship within Alzheimers Scotland in which he worked with more than 130 people living with dementia across Scotland helping them to design their individual version of the “Disrupting Dementia” tartan, using more than half a kilometre of different coloured ribbon in their prototype creations in the process.

Listen to the Design Research, Social Futures discussion More information on Guy Julier and Lucy Kimbell’s AHRC Proto Publics project (2014-2015)More information on Guy Julier and Lucy Kimbell’s AHRC Mapping Social Design project (2013-2014)This one-day forum, took place at Chelsea College of Arts, is part of a four-year European action research project called Creative Lenses which is led in the UK by UAL and London-based independent arts venue Village Underground.

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