3 October 2017
Does Design Careā€¦?, an International workshop of design thought and action, took place at Imagination, Lancaster University on 12 and 13 September 2017.

Does Design Care…? welcomed over 30 researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines to explore, discuss, and debate what it means to care now. We are really pleased to have seen participation from a wide global community with attendees travelling from as far as the USA, New Zealand, Australia, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Israel, Iran, Sweden and Japan.

The workshop explored different ways to conceptualise, provoke, contest and disrupt care, and has served as a venue for synthesising future visions of care. We have produced a publication compiling working papers from all workshop delegates, available for download here: 

Does Design Care…?

Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies at Parsons School of Design New York, reflected the events success by saying "I am late to acknowledging the success and interest on so many levels of last week's great workshop. My excuse for a late testament is that I've been reading all the papers in the booklet. The lovely irony that occurs is that as I begin with the problem of theorising/modelling care every other paper in the book supplies the answers to that question! The booklet as a whole is a theory and model of care (of care and not just 'about' care). There is a real richness here that must not be lost. With best wishes to everyone and my thanks for one of the most enjoyable couple of days at an academic workshop for a long time."

The organisers of the event:

Prof. Paul Rodgers (Imagination, Lancaster University, UK)
Prof. Craig Bremner (Charles Sturt University, Australia)
Dr Giovanni Innella (Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology, Tokyo, Japan)
Adjunct Prof. Ian Coxon (Charles Sturt University, Australia)

This workshop is supported by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the AHRC’s Design Priority Area Leadership Fellowship scheme (Award Ref: AH/P013619/1)