Name: SIA DESIS LAB
Country: United Kingdom
Coordinator: Roger Bateman (Principal Lecturer, firstname.lastname@example.org) & Eve Stirling (email@example.com)
Operational manager: contact the coordinators
Lab Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org +44(0)114 225 2631, www.shu.ac.uk/sia
Hosting institution: Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Institute of Art, Fitzalan Sq, Sheffield S1 2AY, +44(0)114 225 5555, www.shu.ac.uk
Background and objectives
The SIA DESIS Lab is based in the Sheffield Institute of Arts Post Graduate Teaching hub. It exists as a shared cross-disciplinary space that initiates and carries out social design projects across the City of Sheffield and the wider region of Yorkshire. Focusing on ‘thinking global and acting local’ the lab works with a wide variety of organisations Lab members; staff and students collaborate with experts and members of the community to create responses to societal issues with the aim of improving situations faced by local communities.
Primary research areas and activities
Our primary research areas fall in the following broad topics; design + community, design + health and well being, design + vulnerability, design + the aging population. The Sheffield Hallam University Lab4Living has a strong and long track record in design 4 health projects and members of the Lab4Living bring their expertise to bear on the projects undertaken in the SIA DESIS Lab. We are also interested in the teaching of social innovation and social design to our students, developing pedagogies for social design and innovation. The SIA DESIS Lab is embedded in our PG teaching and ‘co-owned’ by the PG Design students meaning that research activities are open to change and influenced by the community that owns it.
List of projects and research
- Design and Rehabilitation, 2011-2102 Postgraduate Design students working on a RSA funded projects with doctors, patients, experts and researchers from Sheffield Hallam University with the aims of enable spinal cord injury patients to recognise and identify potential applications of design to their own personal circumstances
- Design 4 Dementia, 2014/15. 36 Postgraduate Students from 6 disciplines studying in cross disciplinary groups designing with and for dementia sufferers, supported by staff from 2 faculties (Design and Health & Wellbeing) along with a Senior Occupational Therapist form a local hospital and involving the knowledge sharing platform ‘Fixperts’. Funded by the Sheffield Hallam University Art & Design Research Centre.
- Community, Design & Engagement, 2015/16 42 Postgraduate Students from 6 disciplines exploring opportunities for co-designed solutions to community issues. Studying in cross disciplinary groups designing with and for the community, supported by staff from 2 faculties (Design and Health & Wellbeing) along with staff from Sheffield City Council, Community Development Officers, Health Improvement Office, Environmental Protection, Policy Improvements Office, Inclusion & Learning Services and the Public Service Transformation Network. Funded by Catalyst Festival of Creativity and the Sheffield Hallam University Art & Design Research Centre.
- Roger Bateman
- Dr Eve Stirling
- Melanie Levick-Parkin
- MA/MFA Design students