Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves

Tsekleves
Senior Lecturer in Design for Health
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 andresearches 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 resaerch 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 Taylor Francis Design for Healthcare book to be published in 2017 and blogs regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on the design and use of technology in Health.

Updates and Outcomes

Ageing Playfully Cards

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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

Playful design and design fictions in healthcare

Playful design and design fictions in healthcare

Invited talks in S.Korea Universities

Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves was invited to present his research work on design in healthcare as well as playful design and design fictions in two guest lectures at the EWHA and Hongik University in S. Korea. The lectures delivered to undergraduate, postgraduate...Read full update

New joint Design Programme with BJTU in China...

New joint Design Programme with BJTU in China...

...visiting the campus and talking to students

The University College is a partnership between Lancaster University and Beijing Jiaotong University.  Based in Weihai, Shandong Province, The University College, was formally opened on September 2016, offering four undergraduate...Read full update

Dementia Futures workshop at Age UK Blackburn

Dementia Futures workshop at Age UK Blackburn

paves the way for new design fictions!

A participatory design fiction run with a group of senior citizens at Age UK Balckburn has created a number of insights on the way society views dementia and the challenges it faces. Participants engaged actively in a number of activities exploring the...Read full update

What If workshop at Age UK HQ

What If workshop at Age UK HQ

...exploring dementia futures using design fictions

A workshop conducted at Age UK HQ in London with members across different departments ofAge UK provided a number of insights into the current challenges people face with dementia. It explored preferable futures for a dementia-friendly society...Read full update

Presentation on design fictions for digital healthcare receives attention at eHealth conference

Presentation on design fictions for digital healthcare receives attention at eHealth conference

A paper on "design fictions: a tool for debating societal, legal and ethical aspects of personal and pervasive health systems presented at the EAI International Conference on Personal, Pervasive and mobile Health (PPmH) received a lot of attention and generated discussion on its potential as...Read full update

New joint Design Programme with BJTU in China...

New joint Design Programme with BJTU in China...

...visiting the campus and talking to students

The University College is a partnership between Lancaster University and Beijing Jiaotong University.  Based in Weihai, Shandong Province, The University College, was formally opened on September 2016, offering four undergraduate...Read full update

Dementia Futures workshop at Age UK Blackburn

Dementia Futures workshop at Age UK Blackburn

paves the way for new design fictions!

A participatory design fiction run with a group of senior citizens at Age UK Balckburn has created a number of insights on the way society views dementia and the challenges it faces. Participants engaged actively in a number of activities exploring the...Read full update

What If workshop at Age UK HQ

What If workshop at Age UK HQ

...exploring dementia futures using design fictions

A workshop conducted at Age UK HQ in London with members across different departments ofAge UK provided a number of insights into the current challenges people face with dementia. It explored preferable futures for a dementia-friendly society...Read full update

Presentation on design fictions for digital healthcare receives attention at eHealth conference

Presentation on design fictions for digital healthcare receives attention at eHealth conference

A paper on "design fictions: a tool for debating societal, legal and ethical aspects of personal and pervasive health systems presented at the EAI International Conference on Personal, Pervasive and mobile Health (PPmH) received a lot of attention and generated discussion on its potential as...Read full update

Workshop on designing preferable futures for a dementia-friendly society

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Workshop on designing preferable futures for a dementia-friendly society

21st of April 2016, Imagination Lab, The LICA Building, Lancaster University

Are you over 60? Then we need your experience and ideas designing futures for a dementia-friendly society

We are recruiting creative people over 60 years of age to spend time with researchers from...Read full update

How can emergent technologies help with our fight against dementia?

How can emergent technologies help with our fight against dementia?

As emergent technologies and the UK government’s dementia policy mix and shape our futures what are the potential consequences and implications for people with dementia, their carers, families and society at large?

What might these futures, these imagined worlds, look like? What problems...Read full update

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

A video of the journey of Active Parks

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
A video of the journey of Active Parks

The Active Parks project has been exploring how to engage older park users in taking casual physical activity through playful interactions. Working together with the Friends of Ryelands Park, Lancaster City Council and NHS Lancashire Public Health, the project has already seen the co-designing of a digital health trail, which offers a new way of encouraging local people to benefit from taking casual physical activity in their local park. ...Read full article

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

Key Projects

Dust BunniesDust Bunnies Dust Bunnies Scoping global challenge research in understanding real world interactions (of dust-born infections) in ...
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.
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
Behaviours that StickBehaviours that Stick Behaviours that Stick Exploring emotional design of sustainable behaviours that stick
BA DesignBA Design BA Design Our unique degree offers a stimulating and engaging learning experience with opportunities for projects ...
Numbers that MatterNumbers that Matter Numbers that Matter Exploring wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device