Research group Co-design
Our research group brings people with different points of view and skills together to work on complex innovations. We study how designs can contribute to social change, in particular in the field of health and sustainability.
Lines of research within the research group
There is a need for theoretical knowledge and methodologies that help deal with complex issues in a structured way. Designers are increasingly playing a role in these issues. They apply their creativity, designing tools and skills to facilitate changes in people and organisations.
They are also capable of making future developments tangible or ‘real’ through the design of prototypes. A systemic approach is the guiding principle during this process. This is based on the understanding that complex problems can only be approached from an awareness of the functioning of the system as a whole.
- Future probing
- Surfing the data wave
On the one hand, society is becoming increasingly complex. On the other hand, citizens are expected to participate more and to become more self-reliant. One precondition for this is that people know how to use technology. Co-designers can help in this regard.
In this line of research, we design services and products aimed at improving the quality of living together in cities. Smart technological solutions can support and encourage self-reliance, empowerment and social participation, provided the technology is used in the right way.
- Smart Solar Charging
Technology is ubiquitous. This means there are opportunities for making technology accessible and usable by everyone. For example, based on user information, we can personalise and contextualise the information they require.
In this line of research, we focus on the possibilities that technology offers in adapting its use to the specific context and individual abilities of the user. Intelligent, self-learning systems can respond to changes in the user or their environment. These systems can also be used to encourage desirable behaviour.
FRIEND Fall Prevention Implementation Study
We will assess which strategies are successful for the implementation of effective fall prevention programs.
What moves you? Children with disabilities and movement
Children with disabilities move considerably less than their peers without disabilities. Our aim is to improve participation in movement activities by creating two toolboxes
CHIWAWA Creative research methods
How do creative research methods contribute to innovation in healthcare? Utrecht University of Applied Sciences investigates this in projects of the Create Health programme.
- Are agile design approaches useful in designing for health? A case study
- Change and Novelty for Industrial Designers in Complex Design Projects for Healthcare
- Collaborating in Complexity Strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration in design research
The aim of this research group is to stimulate design as a way of thinking, of doing research and of innovating - also referred to as ‘design thinking’ - both inside and outside the HU. We are also committed to embedding and disseminating this approach in education, and to improving the quality of education.
“The designer is like a midwife: guiding, nudging and pushing if necessary, but always aware that real change comes from the people involved. They are the ones who perform and secure the eventual transformation.”Remko van der Lugt Professor of Co-Design