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The Evolving Landscape of Design Research in the UK

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Publication date2/09/2019
Number of pages16
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventInternational Association of Societies of
Design Research Conference 2019 : DESIGN REVOLUTIONS
- Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 2/09/20195/09/2019


ConferenceInternational Association of Societies of
Design Research Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleIASDR
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


This paper reports on the evolving landscape of design research in the UK over
the 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 which
design 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, economic
and environmental change.