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Communicating the value of design research
Thursday, 30/June/2022:
11:30am - 1:00pm

Session Chair: Joseph Lindley, Lancaster University
Session Chair: David Green, Lancaster University
Session Chair: Miriam Sturdee, Lancaster University
Location: BA02 Bizkaia Aretoa_ Room Elhuyar, Ground floor

Main venue, Ground floor

Chair: Arne Berger, Hochschule Anhalt, Germany

This Conversation will be hosted in-person and accessible online.

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Communicating the Value of Design Research

Joseph Lindley1, David Green1, Mayane Dore1, Zach Mason1, Claire Coulton1, Arne Berger2, Miriam Sturdee1

1Lancaster University, United Kingdom; 2Hochschule Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

The overarching theme for this Conversation was How can we communicate the value of Design Research? This was accompanied by the more specific question, How we can get Design Research into ‘Research Methods 101’? At the Conversa-tion, which was attended by approximately 30 participants, five groups were formed, and a ‘Question Bridge’ format was adopted to explore these themes—a structure which uses question and answers pairs to explore challenges and miti-gation strategies around the theme. The Question Bridge exercise demonstrated that there are clear divisions and contrasting perspectives in the Design Research community. The subsequent plenary discussion showed that while divisions are evident, any disruption caused by the lacking consensus can be straightforwardly mitigated by acknowledging contrasts and adopting deliberate communication strategies to clarify them.

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