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EPSRC Reference: EP/C514114/1
Title: Technology and Social Action= A Designing For The 21st Century Research Cluster
Principal Investigator: Dearden, Professor (Emeritus) A
Other Investigators:
Walker, Dr S Press, Professor M Watts, Dr LA
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Department: Sch of Computing & Mgt Sciences
Organisation: Sheffield Hallam University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 January 2005 Ends: 31 December 2005 Value (£): 50,313
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design Engineering Design Processes
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications
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This research cluster brings together researchers in Art & Design, Computing, Information Systems and Sociology together with user groups from voluntary, community and campaigning organisations to develop mutual understanding. We aim to generate new concepts, methods and ways of design thinking to promote active, socially inclusive practices for Technology, Design, and Social Action in the 21st CenturyThe work is founded on three related insights:1. Innovative designs of Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) are having a profound impact on public debate, and on the organisation of social movements. Examples include: on-line public consultation, on-line medical self-help groups, weblogs, interactive TV polling, email petitions, 'smartMobs' as used in Dean's nomination campaign, as well as computer supported co-operative work in charities and campaigning organisations. Here, we see also the emergence of movements focussed on technological issues, e.g. community informatics and open-source software.2. Design thinking can be a key enabler for community, voluntary and social action effort. For example using art in the community to develop creativity and confidence within socially excluded groups, the role of 'community facilitators', using art to critique social structures, and new movements that apply ICT to empower social groups, e.g. community informatics and open-source software.3. Public debate and social movements can have a profound impact on designing and designs of information and communication technologies (ICT). Examples of this source of innovation include: Scandinavian trade-unionism and participatory design, environmentalism and life-cycle design, and disability rights and accessibility.The cluster will generate new concepts, new methods and new ways of thinking about design in this important area, and define a research agenda going forward.
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