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

Playfulness is Ageless!

Playfulness is Ageless!

Watch our video of people interacting with the Xylophone in the park

We gathered a number of interesting points and lessons from the brief pilot testing of the interactive Xylophone in the park on the 28th of June. Firstly it was evident that playfulness in ageless. It was great to see people...Read full update

Having fun with the interactive xylophone in the park

...and lots of exercise too!

We could not resist the temptation and trialled out the interactive xylophone ourselves prior to the start of the event last Saturday. As the videos portray it was such a great fun but an equally challenging physical activity at the same time.  ...Read full update

Designing playful interactions for stroke survivors

Designing playful interactions for stroke survivors

Invited talk given at the stroke rehabilitation and technology at the Royal Society of Medicine

An invited talk was given at the stroke rehabilitation and technology at the Royal Society of Medicine on the role of playful design in stroke rehabilitation. During the talk a number of...Read full update

Piloting the interactive xylophone in the park

Piloting the interactive xylophone in the park

People had lots of fun with this!

On Saturday the interactive xylophone went up in Ryelands Park, giving locals a chance to get a first hand experience and collect feedback on their views of its concept.  The interactive xylophone was an outcome of a co-design process, based on...Read full update

Playful energy use calendar

Playful energy use calendar

Available and ready to be distributed to a number of participants!

It features a playful home energy use calendar that can stand on a table/table top surface or stuck on the fridge or hung from the wall. Using a range specially designed stickers (see images) one can create a visual story of...Read full update

London Fusion Networking Meet Up

London Fusion Networking Meet Up

ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University Management School and Royal College of Arts organised a London Fusion Networking Meet Up on the 23rd of June. It was an evening of conversation and networking for business owners and entrepreneurs from creative and digital industries. Businesses had...Read full update

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Induction Day for the new cohort of MA Design Management students.

Imagination welcomed the new MA Design Management cohort today, introducing them to the University and in particular the design management postgraduate course. As part of the Induction session, the students took part in the...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

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