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

How to Win in the Age of Now?

How to Win in the Age of Now?

An Inspirational Masterclass delivered by the Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts on Monday 10th of February.

The event attracted many creative and digital companies looking to take their business to the next level, and become high-growth creative leaders loved by their...Read full update

Inspirational Masterclass with Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, KEVIN ROBERTS

Inspirational Masterclass with Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, KEVIN ROBERTS

Kevin Roberts will inspire and inform an audience of creative and digital small and medium businesses.

We are pleased to announce that we are organising an Inspiration Masterclass with the Worldwide CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi, Kevin Roberts on Monday the 10th of February at Saatchi &...Read full update

An insight on how design and digital innovation can guide the army on the integration of renewable technologies, such as Photovoltaics, on the infantry soldier

OutcomeBook Chapter
An insight on how design and digital innovation can guide the army on the integration of renewable technologies, such as Photovoltaics, on the infantry soldier

This book chapter presents the work done in the EPSRC/DSTL Solar Soldier project. It presents how design and digital innovation can enable portable renewable energy technologies of today, to be integrated on the modern infantry soldier. It prsents a study that employs digital design tools to...More information

Making in the City [3D Printing] - Crossing Boundaries

Making in the City [3D Printing] - Crossing Boundaries

Co-creation through intense collaborative activity...Hexagons and Lego leading innovative 'thinking'...

As part of the 'Making in the City' Design Jam, participants were tasked to develop and critically examine emergent themes in greater detail, and then to offer new and innovative solutions...Read full update

Making in the City [3D Printing] Design Jam

Making in the City [3D Printing] Design Jam

Making in the City [3D Printing], offered a successful and acclaimed introduction to the series of Cities Design Jams, by the Imagination team at Lancaster.

Making in the City [3D Printing], was the first of three highly interactive design ‘Jams’ specially created for the London Fusion...Read full update

Conference paper on novel game design for people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease wins best IEEE paper award

OutcomeConference Paper
Conference paper on novel game design for people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease wins best IEEE paper award

A paper co-authored by Tsekleves entitled "Use of Gaming Sensors and Customised ExerGames for Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation" wins best IEEE paper award at the International Conference on Games and Virtual World’s for Serious Applications VS-Games held between the 11-13September 2013 ...More information

Imagination leads the Health and Wellbeing by Design track at DRS2018

Imagination leads the Health and Wellbeing by Design track at DRS2018

Emmanuel led this year's DRS track on Health and Wellbeing by Design, held in Limerick, Ireland, between 25-28th July.  The track explored the role of designers in indirectly supporting the promotion of healthy lifestyles or in their contribution to illbeing is emerging. It provided a...Read full update

Imagination at Design Research Society Conference 2018

Imagination at Design Research Society Conference 2018

Imagination delegation discuss key challenges facing contemporary design theory and praxis

The Design Research Society Conference 2018 (DRS) was held at the University of Limerick, Ireland from 25th-28th June. At the conference, Director of ImaginationLancaster and DRS President,...Read full update

ReTHINK: Policy Identification Workshop with Government and NGO Stakeholders at Sunway University

ReTHINK: Policy Identification Workshop with Government and NGO Stakeholders at Sunway University

paves the way for a new GCRF proposal

On 6th June 2018, the team of ImaginAging gave a warm welcome to the government officials coming from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KWPKM) and the operational staff from the non-government organisations (NGO) including Rumah Seri...Read full update

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

Learning from zoos – how our environment can influence our health

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Learning from zoos – how our environment can influence our health

The title of my latest article published at The Conversation, covers the subject of design for health. It argues that the way we design the environment we live in, ultimately designs our behaviour. Therefore before we start fat shaming, let’s take a look at urban design. If we want to be a nation of lean, mean and healthy citizens we need to learn from zoos and the animals that live in them. ...Read full article

It’s not too late to turn the NHS apps library disaster into an opportunity

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
It’s not too late to turn the NHS apps library disaster into an opportunity

The NHS has been keen to use the proliferation of smartphones as a way to encourage people to maintain their health through smartphone apps. Or rather it did, until it was closed after some recent negative publicity, including some studies that cast doubt on whether many of the apps had any beneficial effects at all and others that revealed that the apps were leaking sensitive personal data to all and sundry. ...Read full article

Article on wearable technology health tech featured by the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Article on wearable technology health tech featured by the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror

Recent articles in The Guardian and The Conversation on wearable technology health tech and the end of the sickie have been featured by The Daily Telegraph ('Wearable technology could thwart sickies' - page 2) and The Daily Mirror ('Ticked-off by watches that stop sickies' - page 19).  ...Read full article

iWatching you..

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
iWatching you..

...beware a future where health monitoring by wearables is the norm As wearable devices are equipped with advanced health-tracking technology, how long before third parties use this information to gauge how well we are? ...Read full article

The rise of wearable health tech could mean the end of the sickie

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
The rise of wearable health tech could mean the end of the sickie

Wearable health tech is still in its early days. These devices come with sensors that can record how many steps and how much exercise you’ve taken, how well and long you‘ve slept, stress levels, blood pressure, sun exposure, even what you’ve have eaten. Added together, all this could easily demonstrate that you’re not so sick after all. ...Read full article

Play hard, work hard

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Play hard, work hard

Commentary on workplace design published in the latest edition of Hays Journal, an award-winning publication reaching key human resources and recruitment professionals. The article entitled 'welcome to paradise' presents the benefits and trends in workplace design to increasing employee productivity. My commentary (pages 43-44) entitled 'play hard, work hard' discusses the value of playful design in the workplace as a means to increasing...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