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DESIS Lab: Art + Design: elearning lab – design for social change
City: Limassol
Country: Cyprus
Dr Nicos Souleles,
Dr Andrew Laghos,

Art + Design: elearning lab – design for social change
Cyprus University of Technology
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts
30 Arch. Kyprianos Str.
3036 Limassol, Cyprus

Phone: +357 25002101



Hosting institution:
Cyprus University of Technology
30 Arch. Kyprianos Str.
3036 Limassol, Cyprus

Phone: +357 2500 2500


Background and objectives
The ‘Art+Design: elearning lab – design for social change’ was established in 2011 with seed funding from Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol. It is part of the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts. Originally, the focus of the lab was on research in technology-enhanced learning and design education. Currently, the lab pursues a variety of educational and research activities, as well as practical socially orientated interventions in support of design for social change and innovation, social entrepreneurship, design education and technology-enhanced learning. Design thinking, evidence-based design, ethnography, phenomenography, grounded theory, and action research inform its activities.

Primary research areas and activities
Consistently with the primary research areas of the lab, we organised three international conferences on technology-enhanced learning, ihe2014, ihe2016 (, and mLearn2017 (

For three years in a row (2016, 2017 and 2018) ‘Art+Design: elearning lab – design for social change’ organised ‘World Design Day Cyprus’ ( to promote the value of design including the wider improvements to the quality of life as well as the social and economic and benefits.

Since 2017, the lab is responsible for the delivery at the undergraduate level of a unit with the title ‘Design for social change, innovation, and entrepreneurship, where learners work in interdisciplinary and cross-departmental teams to tackle real-world, small-scale social challenges that relate directly to their local environments. The student projects are available online at

List of projects and research

• Museum Affinity Spaces (MAS) –

This project was co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Republic of Cyprus through the Research and Innovation Foundation. It runs from November 2018 until October 2020. The education and cultural sectors have been tremendously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the social, educational and economic crises, demand digitally mediated ways to respond to increasing challenges. Given the current socio-economic and cultural conditions in the European Union and beyond, alongside the increasing flow of immigrants and refugees, the project aimed to promote museums as learning institutions that can nurture cultural participation and inclusion.

• The Third Way (T3W) –

This project is conducted under the Erasmus+ programme KA202 for Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training. It started in 2019 and is due for completion in 2021. T3W aims to develop tools and a curriculum to improve communication and knowledge sharing between the vocational and higher education sector and social enterprises (The so-called Third Sector). It aims to develop innovative and accessible learning programmes that support the understanding and awareness of social enterprises. The curriculum devised will be available in digital form such as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) or through Open and Distance Learning (ODL) via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as well as delivered as innovative face-to-face programmes of study.

• Cultural and Arts Entrepreneurship in Adult Education (CREATION) –

This project is conducted under the Erasmus+ programme Erasmus+ KA2, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships for adult education. It started in 2019 and is due for completion in 2021. CREATION aims to foster and support ethnic minority and marginalised women in building entrepreneurial skills and fostering integration through focusing especially on cultural and arts entrepreneurship.

The lab comprises a group of academics and researchers with complementary skills, and the decision-making process is based on a flat structure. Members of the lab pursue their own interests but also collaborate depending on shared and common interests.

– Nicos Souleles, design education, design for social change, technology-enhanced learning
– Andrew Laghos, social networks, multimedia, human-computer interaction
– Stephania Savva, technology-enhanced learning, multi-literacies, museum education
– Eirini Papageorgiou, architecture, cultural heritage expert, arts and culture training
– Marios Samdanis, cultural entrepreneurship, social innovation, digital creativity
– Dr Ana Ferreira, innovation, sustainability, social design
– Dr Katja Fleischmann, design for social change, design, innovation research, design elearning
– Claire Pillar, editorial & content development, knowledge management, social media
– Eleni DIimitriadou, social activism, resilience & refugees, translations
– George Kyriakides, visual communication, activism, social commentary
– George Kokou, entrepreneurship & innovation, marketing management, business networking

Camocho, D. G., Vicente, J., & Ferreira, A. M. (2020). Circular and Sustainable Design: A systemic design model for the transition to a circular and sustainable economy. DISCERN: International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 1(1), 1-11.
Ferreira, A. M., Savva, S., & Souleles, N. (2020, September). Future Trends in Education for a More Sustainable Human Systems Design: The CREATION Project. In International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications (pp. 227-233). Springer, Cham.
Fleischmann, K., Welters, R., & Daniel, R. (2017). Creative industries and regional economic development: can a creative industries hub spark new ways to grow a regional economy?. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, The, 23(2), 217-242.
Fleischmann, K., Hielscher, S., & Merritt, T. (2016). Making things in Fab Labs: a case study on sustainability and co-creation. Digital Creativity, 27(2), 113-131.
Fleischmann, K. (2013). Social entrepreneurs and social designers: change makers with a new mindset?. International Journal of Business and Social Science, 4, 9-17.
Jeffcott, C., & Ferreira, A. M. (2020, September). Characterising Future Strategies for Biodiverse Speculative Design and Systems Design. In International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications (pp. 277-282). Springer, Cham.
Laghos, A., & Nicolaides, C. (2016). Internet Support Communities, Online Peer Support, Social Networks/Social Media & Internet Use by Hospitalized Patients. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science.
Laghos, A., Skordi, A., & Masoura, S. (2013). The Impact of Social Networking and E-mail on Human Behavior. Romanian Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 6(3), 47-50.
Laghos, A., Masoura, S., & Skordi, A. (2012). Linguistics in social networks. American International Journal of Contemporary Research, 2(1), 1-5.
Laghos, A., & Laghos, S. (2008). Online Communication Networks & Learning Styles: Society, Technology and Education. WEB BASED COMMUNITIES 2008, 3.
Papageorgiou, E. (2016, October). Towards the sustainable development of cultural landscapes through two case studies on different scale. In Euro-Mediterranean Conference (pp. 625-644). Springer, Cham.
Samdanis, M., & Lee, S. H. (2019). Access inequalities in the Artistic labour market in the UK: A critical discourse analysis of precariousness, Entrepreneurialism and Voluntarism. European Management Review, 16(4), 887-907.
Savva, S., Souleles, N., & Ferreira, A. M. (2019). Social design for inclusive local learning ecosystems: an entrepreneurial cultural affinity approach. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, 6(20).
Souleles, N., Ferreira, A. M., & Savva, S. (2019, July). Threshold concepts and design for social change. In International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (pp. 80-89). Springer, Cham.
Souleles, N. (2017). Design for social change and design education: Social challenges versus teacher-centred pedagogies. The Design Journal, 20(sup1), S927-S936.
Souleles, N., Savva, S., & Ferreira, A. M. (2017). The challenge of embedding design for social change and innovation in Higher Education curricula and the role of DISCERN (DesIgn for Social Change and innovation through a EuRopean Network). In 9th International Conference Senses and Sensibility 2017.
Souleles, N. (2013). The evolution of art and design pedagogies in England: Influences of the past, challenges for the future. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 32(2), 243-255.