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

ImaginAging work to be presented in Sydney at

ImaginAging work to be presented in Sydney at

the 4S - TRANSnational Science and Technology Studies.

Dr Clarissa Lee will be presenting the ImaginAging work in Making and Doing Exhibition of the 4S - TRANSnational Science and Technology Studies (STS) in Sydney this August.  The presentation will cover the three modes ascribed to the...Read full update

First ImaginAging workshop to pilot test

First ImaginAging workshop to pilot test

a participatory speculative design methodology in Malaysia.

The recently concluded World Urban Forum 2018(WUF) explored what thefuture of cities meant andthe different facets of urbanization. This year’sWUF emphasised the importance of community participation and promoted the...Read full update

Presenting speculative design at Future Earth Early Career Researchers Futures Workshop

Presenting speculative design at Future Earth Early Career Researchers Futures Workshop

at the British Academy produced innovative future scenarios!

I was fortunate to be invited at an event convened by Future Earth, early career researchers across a wide range of fields discussed how sustainability science can advance in the years ahead. ...Read full update

Co-design research methods with people living with dementia

Co-design research methods with people living with dementia

held in FACT as part of the CreativeEconomy Health and Wellbeing Hub.

The  workshop held in FACT, on the 16th of November, as part of the AHRC CreativeEconomy Health and Wellbeing Hub explored the different reesarch methods of co-designing with people living with dementia. The...Read full update

Workshop on Parkinson's and IoT

Workshop on Parkinson's and IoT

paves the way for more research in this area

In October 2017 a two-day workshop was hosted on Monitoring Parkinson's Symptoms and regaining control through IoT: Benefits, Challenges and Future Opportunities. ...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster is leading the Health and Wellbeing by Design Track at DRS 2018

ImaginationLancaster is leading the Health and Wellbeing by Design Track at DRS 2018

Emmanuel from ImaginationLancaster is the leading chair for the forthcoming DRS 2018 track on Health and Wellbeing by Design. The track invites papers in all relevant areas of health and wellbeing where design has had an impact and is contributing to. ...Read full update

Presenting speculative design at Future Earth Early Career Researchers Futures Workshop

Presenting speculative design at Future Earth Early Career Researchers Futures Workshop

at the British Academy produced innovative future scenarios!

I was fortunate to be invited at an event convened by Future Earth, early career researchers across a wide range of fields discussed how sustainability science can advance in the years ahead. ...Read full update

Co-design research methods with people living with dementia

Co-design research methods with people living with dementia

held in FACT as part of the CreativeEconomy Health and Wellbeing Hub.

The  workshop held in FACT, on the 16th of November, as part of the AHRC CreativeEconomy Health and Wellbeing Hub explored the different reesarch methods of co-designing with people living with dementia. The...Read full update

Workshop on Parkinson's and IoT

Workshop on Parkinson's and IoT

paves the way for more research in this area

In October 2017 a two-day workshop was hosted on Monitoring Parkinson's Symptoms and regaining control through IoT: Benefits, Challenges and Future Opportunities. ...Read full update

ImaginationLancaster is leading the Health and Wellbeing by Design Track at DRS 2018

ImaginationLancaster is leading the Health and Wellbeing by Design Track at DRS 2018

Emmanuel from ImaginationLancaster is the leading chair for the forthcoming DRS 2018 track on Health and Wellbeing by Design. The track invites papers in all relevant areas of health and wellbeing where design has had an impact and is contributing to. ...Read full update

TEDx talk on designing our cities to be playful is now available online!

TEDx talk on designing our cities to be playful is now available online!

The TEDx talk on the role of playfulness in promoting playful behaviours is now part of the TEDx database.

Play and playfulness are two words usually associated with children, but they are of significance importance to adults. Do we stop playing because we grow old?Or do we grow old because we...Read full update

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

Inspiring caregivers at employing playful ways to support people with dementia

at the Ageing Playfully Seminar

The Centre for Ageing Research seminar: 'Ageing Playfully: Inspiring ways to work with people with dementia' held on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Lancater University provided insights on the value and use of playfulness for caring with people...Read full update

A video of the journey of Active Parks

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
A video of the journey of Active Parks

The Active Parks project has been exploring how to engage older park users in taking casual physical activity through playful interactions. Working together with the Friends of Ryelands Park, Lancaster City Council and NHS Lancashire Public Health, the project has already seen the co-designing of a digital health trail, which offers a new way of encouraging local people to benefit from taking casual physical activity in their local park. ...Read full article

Safest wireless protocol more vulnerable than expected

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Safest wireless protocol more vulnerable than expected

A new study published by a member of the ImaginationLancaster team in the International Journal of Information and Computer Security, reveals that one of the previously strongest wireless security systems, Wi-Fi protected access 2 (WPA2) can also be easily broken into on wireless local area networks (WLANs). According to the IET Magazine: "An international team of researchers has exposed holes in the WPA 2 protocol that has so far been considered...Read full article

Exploring 'Services in the City' - Design Jam No.2

Articleby David Hands, Noor Aldoy, Leon Cruickshank, Nick Dunn, Emmanuel Tsekleves
Exploring 'Services in the City' - Design Jam No.2

The Fusion team, delivered another successful and highly enjoyable Design Jam at the Work Foundation last Wednesday. ...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