Joe leads Design Research Works and is a Senior Research Fellow at Lancaster University. He is passionate about the value of Design Research, in particular in applying that value to the challenges associated with emerging technologies, rapid societal change, and living sustainably. Probably best described as a 'generalist' his research practice usually involves material engagements with possible futures.
Dave is a Senior Research Associate on the project. He is a Design Researcher with a background in participatory documentary making and Human Computer Interaction. His core role on in Design Research Works is to produce a series of documentary films relating to the world of Design Research.
May is an interdisciplinary researcher working across design and anthropology. She is interested in the ways in which both areas can work together as world-making processes toward just and sustainable futures. As part of her work in Design Research Work, she explores the concept of an 'Atlas' for the world of Research through Design, while also capturing the values and everyday practices of thinking through making.
Jesse is a Research Associate on the project, working around generative AI. He draws upon design training, and integrates design research with philosophical analyses to unfold phenomena associated with emerging technologies; such as sense-making practices, design affordances, and how in particular technologies transform the appearance of the world and the things and people in it.
Zach is a doctoral research student attached to Design Research Works. He has a bachelor’s degree in Interaction Design from Glasgow School of Art and his research investigates Accessible Design for Virtual Spaces. His current project explores the co-design of a, working with blind and visually impaired people through workshops aiming to highlight the need for better accessibility in games and spatial web environments.
Andy is a Professor Computer Science and is a Co-Investigator on Design Research Works. He was the first ethnographer to be awarded a Senior Fellowship by the EPSRC which focused on privacy and accountability in the Internet of Things and his work has played a formative role in developing our understanding of Human Data Interaction and challenges in a data society.
Claire provides is the project coordinator for Design Research Works offering a wide range of support. She has held a range of professional roles within the University and completed a PhD in Educational Research.
Paul Coulton is a mentor to the project and is the Chair of Speculative and Game Design in the School of Design at Lancaster University. He uses a research through design approach to create fictional artefacts from future worlds in which emerging technologies have become mundane.
Laura Dudek was a visiting scholar with Design Research Works during 2021/2022. She is a design strategist, researcher, and futurist based in London.
Miriam is a Lecturer in Lancaster University's School of Computing and Communication and is a collaborating artist/researcher with Design Research Works. She holds a PhD in digital innovation and has helped pioneer creative sketching to inform the development of novel computer systems and interfaces.
Franziska Pilling is Research Associate and PhD Design Candidate funded by the PETRAS IoT hub, researching design's role in making algorithmic intelligence and its associated systems, processes and misconceptions, more legible to users and designers through alternative practices such as Speculative Design with Philosophy.