Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves

Tsekleves
Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions
Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Global Challenge Design, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Digital Design
e [dot] tsekleves [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

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I lead research at the intersection of design, health, wellbeing and technology. 

My research is driven by life’s mission to discover and share knowledge that inspires people to act on themselves and to enjoy healthier lives.

How I conduct research:

  • Take the unconventional perspective - see challenges from a different angle and open up to doing things in a different way;
  • Push the boundaries - innovation lies in the boundaries of disciplines. Push and live outside of the boundaries every day;
  • Learn something from everyone - be open to the ideas and points of views of others; they all have something to teach us;
  • Take a global perspective and do what is right - always do what is globally, environmentally, socially and ethically good;
  • Find the positive in everything - when things look like they are going wrong, look for what's going right;
  • Take action - take action today even if it is imperfect.

 

What I do:

  • Apply design-led research in the area of health and develop health promoting innovations by 'designing out' the problems and barriers that prevent health-promoting behaviours – see the Active Parks project. Such as, preventing the transmission of bacterial and viral infections in indoor environments in the Global South – see the Dust Bunny project.
  • Conduct cross-disciplinary research by always working with the recipients of health interventions aimed at improving the quality of life and wellbeing of people into old age, including people with chronic health problems (i.e. Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke). – see the SODA and Ageing Playfully projects.
  • Explore how creative ways, such as speculative design enable citizens and governments engage in policy agenda setting on health and ageing in developed and developing nations – see the ProtoPolicy and ImaginAging projects.
  • Generate public interest and attract media attention of national press, such as the Daily MailDaily MirrorThe Times, the Daily MailDiscovery News and several other international online media outlets. Blog regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on the design and use of technology in Health.
  • Publish academic work in high esteemed peer-reviewed publications, including books, such as the Routledge Design for Health book published in 2017 and the forthcoming Routledge books in Design for People Living with Dementia (2019) and Global Challenge Design (2020).

Updates and Outcomes

Developing speculative concepts with experts and policy makers

Developing speculative concepts with experts and policy makers

in our second workshop in Malaysia

A total of 15 experts (researchers, NGOs, policy makers) participated in the “Speculative design of healthy ageing” workshop, using novel creative research methods to create future scenarios for health ageing in Malaysia The workshop was facilitated...Read full update

Representing Lancaster University and Design research at UK-Peru Workshop

Representing Lancaster University and Design research at UK-Peru Workshop

on the relationship between Food, Nutrition and Health

Emmanuel represented Lancaster University and the Arts and Humanities research area in the cross-disciplinary and cross-council (MRC, AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC) research area of food, nutrition, and health issues. ...Read full update

Better Cities Through Participatory Design..

Better Cities Through Participatory Design..

..workshop in Malaysia

A total of 13 senior citizens between their 60s and 80s attended the “Better City with Senior Citizens” workshop where they learned to deploy methods of participatory design for speculating about possible and plausible futures for issues of interest to them. ...Read full update

Speculative Design Workshops identify themes for future research on health ageing

Speculative Design Workshops identify themes for future research on health ageing

and speculative design concepts in this area!

The two workshops run by the ImaginAging team in April (24th and 25th) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, have helped identify four themes for future research on healthy ageing. The first workshop was targeted at citizens over 55 years old and the second...Read full update

ImaginAging work to be presented in Sydney at

ImaginAging work to be presented in Sydney at

the 4S - TRANSnational Science and Technology Studies.

Dr Clarissa Lee will be presenting the ImaginAging work in Making and Doing Exhibition of the 4S - TRANSnational Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Sydney this August.  The presentation will cover the three modes ascribed to the...Read full update

First ImaginAging workshop to pilot test

First ImaginAging workshop to pilot test

a participatory speculative design methodology in Malaysia.

The recently concluded World Urban Forum 2018(WUF) explored what thefuture of cities meant andthe different facets of urbanization. This year’sWUF emphasised the importance of community participation and promoted the...Read full update

Better Cities Through Participatory Design..

Better Cities Through Participatory Design..

..workshop in Malaysia

A total of 13 senior citizens between their 60s and 80s attended the “Better City with Senior Citizens” workshop where they learned to deploy methods of participatory design for speculating about possible and plausible futures for issues of interest to them. ...Read full update

Speculative Design Workshops identify themes for future research on health ageing

Speculative Design Workshops identify themes for future research on health ageing

and speculative design concepts in this area!

The two workshops run by the ImaginAging team in April (24th and 25th) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, have helped identify four themes for future research on healthy ageing. The first workshop was targeted at citizens over 55 years old and the second...Read full update

ImaginAging work to be presented in Sydney at

ImaginAging work to be presented in Sydney at

the 4S - TRANSnational Science and Technology Studies.

Dr Clarissa Lee will be presenting the ImaginAging work in Making and Doing Exhibition of the 4S - TRANSnational Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Sydney this August.  The presentation will cover the three modes ascribed to the...Read full update

First ImaginAging workshop to pilot test

First ImaginAging workshop to pilot test

a participatory speculative design methodology in Malaysia.

The recently concluded World Urban Forum 2018(WUF) explored what thefuture of cities meant andthe different facets of urbanization. This year’sWUF emphasised the importance of community participation and promoted the...Read full update

Presenting speculative design at Future Earth Early Career Researchers Futures Workshop

Presenting speculative design at Future Earth Early Career Researchers Futures Workshop

at the British Academy produced innovative future scenarios!

I was fortunate to be invited at an event convened by Future Earth, early career researchers across a wide range of fields discussed how sustainability science can advance in the years ahead. ...Read full update

Co-design research methods with people living with dementia

Co-design research methods with people living with dementia

held in FACT as part of the CreativeEconomy Health and Wellbeing Hub.

The  workshop held in FACT, on the 16th of November, as part of the AHRC CreativeEconomy Health and Wellbeing Hub explored the different reesarch methods of co-designing with people living with dementia. The...Read full update

From vinyl records to toys: the return of analogue products in our digital lives

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
From vinyl records to toys: the return of analogue products in our digital lives

The resurgence of analogue shows us that although we live in a digital age we still place a lot of value on physical experiences. Therefore the comeback is not simply a nostalgia for the past, but instead a driving force of a post-digital era, where a new hybrid physical and digital – phygital – future is emerging. ...Read full article

Tomorrow's designers will collaborate in a more holistic way

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Tomorrow's designers will collaborate in a more holistic way

What would the role of designers of the future be? An article by The Guardian (27-01-15) emphasises the increasingly cross-boundary role designers have to fulfil in tomorrow's society.  The article also features our new Design Interactions degree as a great example of a design course of the future, which responds well to the new role that designers must fulfil and employers expect. ...Read full article

The enduring appeal of analogue in a digital world

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
The enduring appeal of analogue in a digital world

Article about the appeal of analogue in a digital world and the rise of 'phygital' published in The Conversation. To read the article click here. ...Read full article

Wearable tech for Christmas? It probably won’t help you get fit!

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Wearable tech for Christmas? It probably won’t help you get fit!

My article on the usefulness of health and fitness apps of wearable gadgets, such as  Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Android Wear, Fitbit’s Charge Microsoft’s Band and the Apple Watch, published by The Guardian today. ...Read full article

Wii games 'benefit stroke victims'

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Wii games 'benefit stroke victims'

Article published by The Daily Mail on my research work & journal article on the design personalised computer games for aiding stroke survivors with their physiotherapy. ...Read full article

Is Apple's iWatch the answer to a healthier and fitter lifestyle?

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Is Apple's iWatch the answer to a healthier and fitter lifestyle?

It has been exactly a month since the unveiling of the iWatch and iPhone 6 by Apple on the 9th of September. Along with it came a lot of promise and expectations although it would be at least another three months before it becomes commercially available. ...Read full article

You can find a list of Emmanuel Tsekleves's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

Dust BunnyDust Bunny Dust Bunny Understanding the home as a source of infection of AMR bacteria carried by dust by exploring hygiene ...
ImaginAgingImaginAging ImaginAging Imagining a City with our Senior Citizens
SODA ProjectSODA Project SODA Project SODA Project explores the spaces and knowledges emerging from using and designing medical data together ...
What if? Design Fictions for SocietyWhat if? Design Fictions for Society What if? Design Fictions for Society Imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways.
Dust BunniesDust Bunnies Dust Bunnies Scoping global challenge research in understanding real world interactions (of dust-born infections) in ...
ProtoPolicyProtoPolicy ProtoPolicy Using design fiction to help politicians and community groups imagine the future implications of policy ...
Ageing PlayfullyAgeing Playfully Ageing Playfully Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement.
Include Me Include Me Include Me Co-designing 'phygital' interactions for the social inclusion of children with autism
Active ParksActive Parks Active Parks Co-designing a Health trail in Ryelands Park
ReWiiReReWiiRe ReWiiRe Research for Wii Rehabilitation