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Advance notice – forthcoming AHRC ‘Design for Change’ Initiative

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AHRC 2   AHRC will shortly be announcing a new Design initiative: “Design for Change”. Through this they  “hope to build on and enhance design thinking and practice which has already begun in a number of areas of strategic importance in Design, including design for social innovation, service design and process design. To achieve this we will be announcing a number of funding opportunities and activities in these areas over the coming months”.

AHRC aims for the priority area of Design are:
• To contribute to the development of the Design research area, identifying opportunities for advancement of the area and facilitating research at the cutting-edge of the discipline (for example that which has the capacity to address global and societal challenges, such as Social and Service Design).
• To facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to Design research, involving all disciplines that are able to make a contribution to the advancement of the Design research area.
• To support and champion Design as a research area, in its role across all domains and with the capacity to make important contributions to society, services, policy-making, the economy and human experience.
• To better understand and communicate the role that Design can play in tackling societal challenges.
• To engage practitioners and researchers with our aims and to support these groups to work together to develop strong, interdisciplinary approaches to Design research.
• To support innovation through the development of the Design research area.

Areas of strategic interest in Design:
AHRC have identified areas of strategic interest in Design where they would like to build research capacity and strengthen existing research communities. These areas have been identified as being able to make important contributions to overcoming societal and global challenges and further develop and expand the Design research area.
Some areas of strategic interest in Design are:
• Design for social innovation/social cohesion (highlights design-based practices towards collective and social ends)
• Service Design
• Process Design
• Design-led solutions for health and wellbeing and future living, for example, AHRC is a co-funder of the Cross Council initiative: “Anti-Microbial Resistance” and lead on the strand “Anti-Microbial Resistance in the Real World Theme 3 – The Indoor Environment”. It is intended that important contributions to this theme of the Anti-Microbial Resistance programme will come from within the Design research area.

Watch this space! We’ll post details of the new initiative when they emerge


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