Dr Rosendy Fernandez Galabo

Research Associate

Profile

Driven by a passion for global equity, he is a design researcher specialising in co-designing inclusive tools and platforms that empower communities through participation and collaboration. As a postdoctoral researcher at ImaginationLancaster, his work has engaged with both research within their Community and Public Sector cluster and their Special Interest Groups of Social Design and Digital Good.

He explores the intersection of co-design, digital commons, digital equity, and online engagement to empower communities, particularly in the Global South, to create equitable digital futures. His research vision involves co-designing inclusive tools and platforms that facilitate collaboration with local, national, and international communities and empower them to address a range of global challenges including knowledge exchange.

He is the PI for the DGN-ESRC-funded project Cooperativa Digital, where he works in partnership with Universidade Federal do Maranhão (Brazil) and Publicidade Jove (REAPP) to create a digital commons platform to enable NGOs in São Luís to have control over the management of a mobile app called Reapp through an equitable commons design approach.

He previously conducted his PhD research as part of the Leapfrog project, where he delivered a series of co-design workshops to academics and public sector practitioners in the short project called Improve It. In these workshops, participants, as experts in their own field, co-designed improvements of tools and evaluated which suggestions led to the transformation of their engagement practices.

His current research interest focuses on design for global equity, digital futures, community-led design and governance

Selected Publications

Challenging Capitalism through Design for Commonism
Galabo, R. 12/09/2023 In: Flourish By Design. London : Routledge p. 43-46. 4 p. ISBN: 9781032507682. Electronic ISBN: 9781032507651.
Chapter

Making it better together: a framework for improving creative engagement tools
Galabo, R., Cruickshank, L. 31/10/2022 In: CoDesign. 18, 4, p. 503-525. 23 p.
Journal article

A framework for infrastructuring commons creation
Sacks, J., Galabo, R. 6/11/2022
Conference contribution/Paper

Resilient Digital Technologies
Jacobs, N., Mason, Z., Perez Ojeda, D., Galabo, R., Green, D.P., Lindley, J., Craigon, P.J., Benford, S., Darzentas, D., Wagner, H.G. 8/02/2024 In: Design and Covid-19. London : Bloomsbury Academic ISBN: 1350266728, 9781350266711, 9781350266728. Electronic ISBN: 9781350266735, 9781350266742.
Chapter

Shaping Social Design with communities
Fonseca Braga, M., Perez Ojeda, D., Owen, V., Zhang, L., Brewster, L., Galabo, R., Changede, S., Kwon, N., Summers, S. 9/10/2023
Conference contribution/Paper

E3: Truly Ethical Digital Design (TEDD)
01/08/2023 → 31/05/2024
Research

IAA ESRC: Growing Together – a barometer to understanding and activate social wellbeing through micro-gardening.
01/08/2021 → 31/01/2022
Research

My Mainway consultancy project - Phase 2
25/06/2021 → 30/09/2021
Consultancy

Designing and running online workshops
25/11/2020 → 02/12/2020
Consultancy

A distributed co-design approach
01/04/2020 → 07/05/2021
Research

22nd European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Participatory Research with Marginalised Communities: Ethics, Design, and Co-production
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Participatory Research with Marginalised Communities: Ethics, Design, and Co-production
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

The future is a work in progress Exhibition at the Festival of Futures
Festival/Exhibition/Concert

Co-designing Rules and Roles for a Thriving Reapp Platform.
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Co-Designing the Future
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Celebrating the End of Cooperativa Digital with Our Partners
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Redesigning Reapp for NGOs
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Co-production Summer School for Research and Social Change
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

King's college Impact and Engagement Summer School
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

IASDR 2023 (Event)
Publication peer-review

Insights into digitalisation of public services from a commons perspective
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Practice-based PhD research: An approach for improving creative engagement tools
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Participatory Design Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

The Design Journal (Journal)
Publication peer-review

IASDR 2021
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Creative West End Winter Market
Other

Growing Together 3
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Growing Together 2: Second Workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Growing together 1
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Crafts VS Plastics: Eco Packaging That Matters
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

EAD Conference (Event)
Editorial activity

Envisioning Sustainable Futures Together Springboard
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

My Mainway consultancy project - Phase 2
Consultancy

ImaginationLancaster Design Summit 2021
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Fifteenth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

EAD Conference (Event)
Publication peer-review

IASDR 2021 (Event)
Publication peer-review

Designing and running online workshops
Consultancy

Design: Vertical and Horizontal Growth
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

The Design Research Society 2020 International Conference
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

EAD Conference
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

Design Research Society Conference 2018
Participation in conference -Mixed Audience

  • Social Design