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

Campus in the City 2 is featuring...

Event3 years, 10 months and 22 days ago
Campus in the City 2 is featuring...

24th of February 2015, Campus in The City - Lancaster Town centre

..Behaviours That stick on Tuesday the 24th of February

Want to find out how you can save energy at home and potentially reduce energy bills! Then come and talk to us on Tuesday the 24th of February & get...Read full update

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

Tomorrow's designers will collaborate in a more holistic way

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Tomorrow's designers will collaborate in a more holistic way

What would the role of designers of the future be? An article by The Guardian (27-01-15) emphasises the increasingly cross-boundary role designers have to fulfil in tomorrow's society.  The article also features our new Design Interactions degree as a great example of a design course of the future, which responds well to the new role that designers must fulfil and employers expect. ...Read full article

Time for a New Year's home energy resolution

Time for a New Year's home energy resolution

Have you thought about a New Year's home energy resolution?

The New Year brings often hope and promise for change! In an effort to help households in the UK think about how much energy is consumed, we have created a New Resolution Energy Calendar!  Packed with visuals and a number of...Read full update

Do You Have Problems Using Your Arm as A Result Of a Stroke?

Do You Have Problems Using Your Arm as A Result Of a Stroke?

If so, we need you! We are recruiting for our study at Brunel University London.

We are looking for volunteers, with reduced movement in their arm following a stroke, to participate in a research study looking at exercising the arm using video gaming technology that has been developed...Read full update

The enduring appeal of analogue in a digital world

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
The enduring appeal of analogue in a digital world

Article about the appeal of analogue in a digital world and the rise of 'phygital' published in The Conversation. To read the article click here. ...Read full article

100 years of design history

100 years of design history

Marketing and Design undergraduate students co-create a 100 year timeline of design.

Design has a significant impact on our everyday life. The creation of the 100-year timeline with undergraduate students in LICA 140 was completed in the first week of university. The task was used to...Read full update

Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam

Event4 years, 7 months and 15 days ago
Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam

3rd of June 2014, The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H OAD, London

Come along to our fully funded Services in the City (Open Data) Design Jam on Tuesday 3rd of June 2014.

- Are you a London-based creative or digital business with less than 250 employees? - Have you...Read full update

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

Health & Wellbeing in the City Design Jam

On Wednesday 30th of April, Imagination’s London Fusion team delivered their third highly interactive Design Jam. The Design Jam explored the health, demographic and wellbeing challenges and opportunities to create innovative services and products to enhance the lives of the residents of...Read full update

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, 7 months and 29 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

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