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Simon Bowen

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  • Senior Research Associate
  • Open Lab, Newcastle University
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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.





Guest Editor, Special Issue

2017 - Present

Professional experience

Senior Research Associate

Open Lab, Newcastle University

January 2017 - Present

Research Associate, Creative Exchange

Newcastle University - University of Newcastle

October 2013 - December 2016(3 years)

Design Research Fellow

Sheffield Hallam University

July 2012 - October 2013(a year)

Design Research Associate

Sheffield Hallam University

May 2009 - July 2012(3 years)


PhD - Design Methodology

Sheffield Hallam University

October 2005 - March 2009(3 years)

MA (with Distinction) Industrial Design

Sheffield Hallam University

October 2003 - March 2005(a year)

B.Eng Communication and Control Engineering

UMIST - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology

October 1993 - July 1995(2 years)


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