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
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Emmanuel designs interactions between people, places and products by forging creative design methods along with digital 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 researches health promoting innovations by 'designing out' the problems and barriers that prevent health-promoting behaviours. He designs technology inspired health interventions and services that are created by end-users that aim to improve quality of life through play and playful interactions. His research also looks at exploring healthy futures that ordinary people would prefer, by using design fictions (provocative prototypes) that engage and encourage people to envision, explain and raise questions about direction of future technology and society

Previous research in this field also includes the design & development of playful therapy interventions in neurophysiological (such as stroke) and neurodegenerative health conditions (such as Parkinson's). He is currently working with people in the early stages of Dementia, with families of children with autism and in the area of public health on the design of playful technology and interactions that promote healthy behaviours. His current research also looks into how participatory design fictions can be used a s a tool to provoke and generate debate around policy initiatives  and emergent technology amongst diverse groups in the areas of ageing and dementia

Lastly, Emmanuel is a member of the Centre for Ageing Research 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

Farm biosecurity workshop facilitated by Imagination Lancaster

Farm biosecurity workshop facilitated by Imagination Lancaster

Utilising design thinking to tackle farm biosecurity

Stephen Clune and Emmanuel Tsekleves facilitated two biosecurity hackathons  on behalf of the N8 Agri-food network, University of Sheffield and DEFRA. The events took a trans disciplinary approach to identifying the challenges and...Read full update

Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference..

Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference..

..attract a lot of attention!

The presentation of the work related to participatory design fiction as a tool to engage the public in debate on dementia-friendly futures and the Ageing Playfully cards have generated a lot of interest at the Alzheimer Europe Conference in Denmark. The...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

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

Farm biosecurity workshop facilitated by Imagination Lancaster

Farm biosecurity workshop facilitated by Imagination Lancaster

Utilising design thinking to tackle farm biosecurity

Stephen Clune and Emmanuel Tsekleves facilitated two biosecurity hackathons  on behalf of the N8 Agri-food network, University of Sheffield and DEFRA. The events took a trans disciplinary approach to identifying the challenges and...Read full update

Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference..

Presentations at Alzheimer Europe Conference..

..attract a lot of attention!

The presentation of the work related to participatory design fiction as a tool to engage the public in debate on dementia-friendly futures and the Ageing Playfully cards have generated a lot of interest at the Alzheimer Europe Conference in Denmark. The...Read full update

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

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

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

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

Key Projects

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
London Creative and Digital FusionLondon Creative and Digital Fusion London Creative and Digital Fusion Ambitious £5m project to inspire and support growth in the digital industries