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Simon Bowen, PhD

Research Associate, Creative Exchange, Newcastle University - University of Newcastle
Sheffield, United Kingdom

Research field: Design - Miscellaneous
Human-centred Design
Participatory Design
Critical Design
Participatory Innovation
Interaction Design
Human Computer Interaction


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Biographical Information

I am a researcher and designer with particular interests in human-centred design, participatory design and critical design, and how they might contribute to a form of participatory innovation. Along with my colleagues in User-centred Healthcare Design we are investigating how such creative methods and thinking can be used within health to design innovative and person-centred services.

Since 2003 I have been developing participatory methods for producing designs that are both innovative and human-centred. In 2009 I was awarded a PhD for the critical artefact methodology I developed to support these methods, which has been applied in diverse projects with colleagues from Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds. I have subsequently been invited to lead seminars on this work in the UK and across Europe.

I have been the principal Design Research Associate in User-centred Healthcare Design (UCHD) since 2009, leading participatory design projects and developing a methodology for health service design. UCHD is part of the Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), South Yorkshire, funded by the National Institute for Health Research in the UK. For more details, see the UCHD website.

I also continue to work with colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University on exploring the design of digital objects of memory, utilising my critical artefact methodology.


Professional Experience

2013 - Present
Research Associate, Creative Exchange at Newcastle University - University of Newcastle
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Jul 2012 - Oct 2013
Design Research Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, United Kingdom
May 2009 - Jul 2012
Design Research Associate at Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, United Kingdom

Oct 2005 - Mar 2009
Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, United Kingdom
PhD - Design Methodology
Oct 2003 - Mar 2005
Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, United Kingdom
MA (with Distinction) Industrial Design
Oct 1993 - Jul 1995
UMIST - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in Manchester, United Kingdom
B.Eng Communication and Control Engineering

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