Socially Responsive Design and Innovation

Book display, Making Knowledge exhibition, CSM

This research group aims to explore and extend understanding of socially responsive design and innovation. It aims to locate the principles, processes and methods that enable designers to deliver socially responsive practice.

Socially responsive design has been defined as “Design which takes as its primary driver social issues, its main consideration social impact and its main objective social change” (Gamman & Thorpe, 2006, 2011). Typically societal scenarios constitute complex and ‘wicked’ design challenges, characterised by competing and contradictory drivers and desirable outcomes, depending on context and stakeholder perspective. We argue that tackling such design challenges requires a socially responsive design approach, as it is not clear which ethical design drivers, or stakeholder agendas, the design(er) should/can be responsible to.

Research group convenor: Professor Adam Thorpe