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Exploring Mutual Learning in Co-design

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>6/11/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Issue number2
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)79-96
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


An emerging body of literature identifies a connection between mutual learning and co-design, it does not specify the nature of this connection or its implications for the practice of co-design. In this paper we explore the theoretical and practical implications of specifically focusing on mutual learning in co-design. We present three case studies with rural communities in the Highlands and Islands. Using participatory action research, we undertook a series of co-design projects with each case forming an action research cycle. Through these we build cycles of insights concerning collaborative learning and how this can contribute to practical co-design outcomes for participants. We also present insights that increase the duration and amount of mutual learning in co-design projects.