What's this about?

Socio-Technical Design Research and 21st Century Technologies.


Rigorous academic research is the foundation of the fellowship and will demonstrate how Design Research can play a key role in optimising emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.


The fellowship is centred on partnerships with a wide range of prestigious partners including Microsoft Research, Oxford University, The RSA, Sheffield Hallam University, and the University of Edinburgh.


Building on the foundation of our research and partnerships the fellowship aims to strengthen the field and promote Design Research's role in industry, research, education and policy.

The Team

Dr Joseph Lindley

Future Leader Fellow

Dr Senior Research Associate (TBC)


Dr Research Associate (TBC)

Design Researcher

For now the team is just me! I'm Joe Lindley, and I'm currently Lecturer in Workplace Futures at Imagination Lancaster but from November 2020 I'll be dedicating all of my time to the fellowship.

I'll be recruiting soon! I'm looking for an experienced ethnograper and a practice-based design researcher, so if that might be you then please do get in touch.

The fellowship also has funding for a full-time PhD student, so if you're interested in using Design to explore AI, data, and the Internet of Things, feel free to get in touch to discuss the opportunity.

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