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

Event in the Park - A cup of tea/coffee for your idea

Event in the Park - A cup of tea/coffee for your idea

Great fun and lots of great ideas and responses to the project

Monday's (5th May) event in the park was completed successfully. Active Park had a stand with a number of activities inviting visitors to the park to share their ideas and views on the health trail and the type of activities they...Read full update

Active Parks workshop 2

Event4 years, 6 months and 22 days ago
Active Parks workshop 2

20th of May 2014, The Lune Park Children's Centre Ryelands Park, Owen Road, Lancaster LA1 2LN

Want to make your walks in the park more fun?

So join us for the 2nd Active Parks workshop. Meet people over a cuppa, grab a bite and using creative toys help build an interactive...Read full update

Get your hands inside some wearable tech

Get your hands inside some wearable tech

We are recruiting field trial pilot participants for a shiny new bit of wearable tech

Numbers That Matter Hackathon winners ‘Happy Hands’ designed an intelligent heated glove that is a fashionable answer to cold hands, responding to the environment you find yourself in. Together with the...Read full update

Active Parks: Co-design participatory exhibition in the park

Event4 years, 7 months and 6 days ago
Active Parks: Co-design participatory exhibition in the park

5th of May 2014, Lancaster

Visit us on the 5th of May in Ryelands Park and take part in making Lego movies of the health trail!

We will be at the car boot sale on the 5th of May, making some Lego movies Following the 1st co-design workshop in April we will be inviting park...Read full update

The Use of the Nintendo Wii in Motor Rehabilitation for Virtual Reality Interventions: A Literature Review

OutcomeBook Chapter
The Use of the Nintendo Wii in Motor Rehabilitation for Virtual Reality Interventions: A Literature Review

Several review articles have been published on the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in motor rehabilitation. The majority of these focus on the effectiveness of VR on improving motor function using relatively expensive commercial tools and technologies including robotics, cybergloves, cybergrasps,...More information

1st Active Parks Workshop successfully completed

1st Active Parks Workshop successfully completed

A most engaging and fun to have participated in co-design workshop

The first Active Parks co-design workshop was completed yesterday. It was very interactive and great fun! ...Read full update

Quote on the resurgence analogue products featured in the Telegraph and

Quote on the resurgence analogue products featured in the Telegraph and

in Yahoo

Liat Joshi's Telegraph aricle (Sat 24 Nov 18) on the resurgence of analogue products in a digital era, featured quoted from Imagination's Emmanuel Tsekleves.  ...Read full update

BIG HEALTH DATA & Privacy Preserving Practices

BIG HEALTH DATA & Privacy Preserving Practices

Ethics through Design Workshop – 28thNov. 2018, 09:00 – 16:30, ImaginationLab, Lancaster University

Big data has big potential for healthcare. From epidemiological analysis to early diagnosis, the datafication of life opens up new opportunities for preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster academics visit the Cabinet Office

ImaginationLancaster academics visit the Cabinet Office

as part of their involvement in LU's Policy School.

Lancaster University's Policy School, in collaboration with the Cabinet Office, aims at engaging students with policy makers in government to present recommendations based on research carried out as part of the programme. ...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster presents innovative international urban health research at

ImaginationLancaster presents innovative international urban health research at

the International Symposium on Urban Health and Wellbeing in the Asia-Pacific Region!

Improving health and well-being for cities, requires addressing the demographic shift related to an ageing population, the epidemiologic shift from infectious to noncommunicable diseases, and climate change,...Read full update

Cleaning & hygiene practices survey in Ghana completed

Cleaning & hygiene practices survey in Ghana completed

The team at Noguchi have been running for the past month a survey on the hygiene and cleaning practices across different domestic environments (i.e. urban vs rural, private vs communal dwellings) and a range of social scales (i.e. low, low-middle, middle, upper) within Accra, Ghana. ...Read full update

ImagingAging at a Making and Doing Session at the Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney

ImagingAging at a Making and Doing Session at the Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney

On August 29, the annual meeting for the Society of Social Studies of Science held its third session of the Making and Doing Session in the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney that saw the participation of about thirty-four exhibits, including that of ImaginAging. ...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
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
Behaviours that StickBehaviours that Stick Behaviours that Stick Exploring emotional design of sustainable behaviours that stick