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 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 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 Taylor Francis 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

ProtoPolicy Design Report

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ProtoPolicy Design Report

ProtoPolicy is a three month pilot project that ran from June to August 2015, which aimed to investigate how ‘design fictions’ – provocations such as texts, artefacts, images and films that conceptualise future scenarios – could be used to help politicians and community groups imagine the future...More information

Music proves to be a real hit in dementia project..

Music proves to be a real hit in dementia project..

...appears on several medical news online outlets

The Creative Exchange Ageing playfully has been features by a number of medical news sites, such as News Medical, Medical Express and Medical News Today, in the UK and overseas. ...Read full update

Invited talk at the U3A Learn, Laugh, Live event...

Invited talk at the U3A Learn, Laugh, Live event...

...about the importance of play in later life.

Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves presented his work on ageing playfully at the University for the 3rd Age event. The event was focused around Living well in later life. Emmanuel gave an invited talk on his latest work in engaging older people with...Read full update

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

ProtoPolicy Video Journey

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ProtoPolicy Video Journey

This video provides a video journey of the ProtoPolicy project. It shows the path the research team followed, which included a number of co-design workshops with older people imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways. This lead to the co-creation of two design fiction...More information

The musical Bench featured by BBC Radio Lancashire..

The musical Bench featured by BBC Radio Lancashire..

..during its exhibition at the Dementia Futures event

A musical bench, developed by members of ImaginationLancaster, that allows older people to stretch whilst creating music, has been featured on Friday the 18th of September by BBC Radio Lancashire.    The musical bench was...Read full update

V&A Keynote talk on Playful Design in Healthcare...

V&A Keynote talk on Playful Design in Healthcare...

... receives a lot of attention during the Sackler conference on Art, Design and New Technology for Health

The keynote speech at the Sackler conference at the V&A museum (Friday 19th June 2015) presented the role of playful design in healthcare. It showcased how game thinking combined with...Read full update

Dissemination Beyond Papers for Early Career Academics

Dissemination Beyond Papers for Early Career Academics

IDEAS for Impact delivered a session to help early career academics think about how they could disseminate their research beyond traditional papers.

The event took place on Wednesday 10th June and was the IDEAS for Impact team's final session contribution to this year's new programme of...Read full update

Designing the future with older people

Designing the future with older people

ProtoPolicy co-design workshops at Miners Court

Following our first co-design workshop at Lancaster, our second series of co-design workshops will take place with residents at Miners Court in Cornwall. These we will explore ideas together using arts materials and crafts techniques and...Read full update

Interesting design micro-fictions emerge from our 1st co-design workshop..

Interesting design micro-fictions emerge from our 1st co-design workshop..

...with a group of older people and Age UK Lancashire

A number of older people and staff from Age UK Lancashire participated in the half-day co-design workshop run at Lancaster. Working in groups, workshop participants looked at policy document extracts on the themes of ageing, ageing in place...Read full update

First ProtoPolicy co-design workshop with Age UK and local community

Event2 years, 2 months and 4 days ago
First ProtoPolicy co-design workshop with Age UK and local community

16th of June 2015, Centre @ Halton

Taking place early next week

A half-day co-design workshop will take place early next week in partnership with Age UK Lancashire and a group of 12 people from the local community.  The aim of the workshop will be to use policy exerts...Read full update

Creative use of games in Parkinson’s therapy...

Creative use of games in Parkinson’s therapy...

..Invited talk at Blackpool Parkinson's awareness week information event

Following his article on the use of games in Parkinson's physical rehabilitation, Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves was invited by Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of Parkinson’s UK to give a talk at last week's Parkinson's...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 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