Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves

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

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Emmanuel leads research at the intersection of design, health, wellbeing and technology. His design-led research in the areas of health, ageing, wellbeing and defence has generated public interest and attracted media attention by the national press, such as the Daily MailDaily MirrorThe Times, the Daily MailDiscovery News and several other international online media outlets.  

Emmanuel applies design innovation in the area of healthcare and researches health promoting innovations by 'designing out' the problems and barriers that prevent health-promoting behaviours.  He conducts research in the design of technology-inspired health interventions and services, which are created by end-users and are 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). Emmanuel researches preventative tools that encourage healthier behaviours through the use of playfulness and interactive playful objects. His current research looks at how design can help prevent the transmission of bacterial and viral infections in indoour environments. 

Lastly, Emmanuel is a member of the Centre for Ageing Research, the Data Science Institute and the Programme leader for the new BA Design, co-editor of the Routledge Design for Health book published in 2017 and blogs regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on the design and use of technology in Health.

Updates and Outcomes

Workshop on Parkinson's and IoT

Workshop on Parkinson's and IoT

paves the way for more research in this area

In October 2017 a two-day workshop was hosted on Monitoring Parkinson's Symptoms and regaining control through IoT: Benefits, Challenges and Future Opportunities. ...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster is leading the Health and Wellbeing by Design Track at DRS 2018

ImaginationLancaster is leading the Health and Wellbeing by Design Track at DRS 2018

Emmanuel from ImaginationLancaster is the leading chair for the forthcoming DRS 2018 track on Health and Wellbeing by Design. The track invites papers in all relevant areas of health and wellbeing where design has had an impact and is contributing to. ...Read full update

Ageing Playfully Cards

OutcomeDigital or Visual Products
Ageing Playfully Cards

The Ageing Playfully Cards offer a number of practical recommendations in playful co-creation workshops for people with dementia and memory problems. These have been developed as a result of the insights gained during the Ageing Playfully research project. ...More information

Co-designing Design Fictions: a New Approach for Debating and Priming Future Healthcare Technologies and Services

OutcomeJournal Paper
Co-designing Design Fictions: a New Approach for Debating and Priming Future Healthcare Technologies and Services

Background Design fictions (DFs) are emerging as a tool aimed at engaging people in debating and questioning the direction of future technologies, services and possible societies. Following the challenges placed on healthcare provision by an ageing population, governments are introducing...More information

TEDx talk on designing our cities to be playful is now available online!

TEDx talk on designing our cities to be playful is now available online!

The TEDx talk on the role of playfulness in promoting playful behaviours is now part of the TEDx database.

Play and playfulness are two words usually associated with children, but they are of significance importance to adults. Do we stop playing because we grow old?Or do we grow old because we...Read full update

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

at the Ageing Playfully Seminar

The Centre for Ageing Research seminar: 'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia' held on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Lancater University provided insights on the value and use of playfulness for caring with people...Read full update

Workshop on Parkinson's and IoT

Workshop on Parkinson's and IoT

paves the way for more research in this area

In October 2017 a two-day workshop was hosted on Monitoring Parkinson's Symptoms and regaining control through IoT: Benefits, Challenges and Future Opportunities. ...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster is leading the Health and Wellbeing by Design Track at DRS 2018

ImaginationLancaster is leading the Health and Wellbeing by Design Track at DRS 2018

Emmanuel from ImaginationLancaster is the leading chair for the forthcoming DRS 2018 track on Health and Wellbeing by Design. The track invites papers in all relevant areas of health and wellbeing where design has had an impact and is contributing to. ...Read full update

TEDx talk on designing our cities to be playful is now available online!

TEDx talk on designing our cities to be playful is now available online!

The TEDx talk on the role of playfulness in promoting playful behaviours is now part of the TEDx database.

Play and playfulness are two words usually associated with children, but they are of significance importance to adults. Do we stop playing because we grow old?Or do we grow old because we...Read full update

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

at the Ageing Playfully Seminar

The Centre for Ageing Research seminar: 'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia' held on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Lancater University provided insights on the value and use of playfulness for caring with people...Read full update

TEDx Talk on the role of playfulness in promoting healthier behaviours

TEDx Talk on the role of playfulness in promoting healthier behaviours

proved a great success inspiring many

Emmanuel was invited to give a talk at the thought-inspiring TEDx Invisible Changes event on the 13th of May. The talk focused on the value and opportunities of playfulness for health and well-being. This was followed by several case studies and short...Read full update

Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia

Event11 months and 16 days ago
Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia

7th of June 2017, LICA Building, Imagination Lab (A36 – ground floor) at Lancaster University

Centre for Ageing Research Seminar

We are delighted to forward information about the next C4AR seminar: 'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with...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