Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves
Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions
Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Global Challenge Design Innovation,
+44 (0) 1524 510794
I lead research at the intersection of design, health, wellbeing and technology.
My research is driven by life’s mission to show there is always an alternative way of doing things, so that together we can change our world.
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 and everything – 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:
- Driven by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, my research focuses on tackling community health challenges across the world. Examples of this include:
- working on understanding how to best clean the home for preventing infection caused by dust at homes in Ghana (DustBunny project);
- developing health and care policies for senior citizens in Malaysia through creative ways (ProtoPolicyAsia),
- engaging local communities and stakeholders on water, sanitation and hygiene initiatives in Angola and Cameroon via an international network (WASHable);
- engaging schoolchildren and students in Ghana and Nigeria in co-developing show labs, that showcase the benefits of turning waste to electric energy that can power their school (ACTUATE);
- developing new seafood products for senior citizens across Europe and influencing policy (SeaFoodAge).
- 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.
- 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 Mail, Daily Mirror, The Times, the Daily Mail, Discovery 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 (2021) and Global Challenge Design (2021).
Projects from Emmanuel Tsekleves
Accelerating the adoption of circular sanitation demonstration systems for improved health outcomes
What if? Design Fictions for Society
Imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways
Developing Community-Led Solutions to Antimicrobial Resistance: Building a One Health Approach in Low and Middle Income Countries
Damn It | COVID-19 pilot study
A Brazilian-UK resilience research network
LatamHaus: sustainable, healthy and affordable homes
A network of professionals, academics and policymakers to improve the housing conditions in Latin America
Realising Data together with people living with dementia.
Enabling schoolchildren to become actors of change for hygiene and hand-washing in their community
Participatory design and community engagement Network on WASH in Lusophone and Francophone African Countries
Behaviours that Stick
Exploring emotional design of sustainable behaviours that stick
Design sustainable, healthier, safer, high-quality ready-to-eat seafood products to meet the 65+ adults’ needs and reduce food loss
Scoping global challenge research in understanding real world interactions (of dust-born infections) in the home in Ghana and the UK through combining innovative design research with health data
Co-designing 'phygital' interactions for the social inclusion of children with autism
Numbers that Matter
Exploring wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device
Co-designing a Health trail in Ryelands Park
Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement
London Creative and Digital Fusion
Ambitious £5m project to inspire and support growth in the digital industries
Understanding the home as a source of infection of AMR bacteria carried by dust by exploring hygiene practices in different home environments in Ghana
Empowering local communities and Government in Malaysia in addressing social issues in ageing and disabilities
Using design fiction to help politicians and community groups imagine the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways
Research for Wii Rehabilitation