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Chris D.F. Rogers

85 shared publications

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Charles Nicholas Hewitt

83 shared publications

Lancaster Environment Centre Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YQ, UK

John R. Bryson

72 shared publications

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B152TT, UK

I.F. Jefferson

70 shared publications

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Jane Falkingham

68 shared publications

Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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BOOK-CHAPTER 0 Reads 2 Citations The IoT and Unpacking the Heffalump’s Trunk Joseph Lindley, Paul Coulton, Rachel Cooper Published: 18 October 2018
Advances in Computer and Computational Sciences, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-02686-8_11
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In this paper we highlight design challenges that the Internet of Things (IoT) poses in relation to two of the guiding design paradigms of our time; Privacy by Design (PbD) and Human Centered Design (HCD). The terms IoT, PbD, and HCD are both suitcase terms, meaning that they have a variety of meanings packed within them. Depending on how the practices behind the terms are applied, notwithstanding their well-considered foundations, intentions, and theory, we explore how PbD and HCD can, if not considered carefully, become Heffalump traps and hence act in opposition to the very challenges they seek to address. In response to this assertion we introduce Object Oriented Ontology (OOO) and experiment with its theoretical framing order to articulate possible strategies for mitigating these challenges when designing for the Internet of Things.
Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Envisioning urban futures as conversations to inform design and research Serena Pollastri, Nick Dunn, Chris D. F. Rogers, Christopher... Published: 01 August 2018
Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning, doi: 10.1680/jurdp.18.00006
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Design, the Language of Innovation: A Review of the Design Studies Literature Ricardo J. Hernández, Rachel Cooper, Bruce Tether, Emma Murp... Published: 01 January 2018
She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, doi: 10.1016/j.sheji.2018.06.001
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There is a vast body of research exploring the myriad ways design can contribute to business success. For example, businesses seeing to generate new products, services, processes, models, and strategies as part of their efforts to innovate often turn to design for support and leverage. But how clearly have scholars defined the relationship between design and innovation? Is it even possible to explain the connection between the two? In this article, we investigate whether the design literature published over the past thirty years contains an answer to these questions. We organize our findings into clusters describing the key roles that design activity plays in the innovation process, how designers personally play a part, and the internal and external factors that contribute to design/innovation associations. We also introduce the notion that design language—be it visual, methodological, or procedural—has become not only an organizing principle that supports innovative initiatives, it has become the language of innovation itself.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations ImaginationLancaster: Open-Ended, Anti-Disciplinary, Diverse Rachel Cooper, Nick Dunn, Paul Coulton, Stuart Walker, Paul ... Published: 01 January 2018
She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, doi: 10.1016/j.sheji.2018.11.001
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The paper is the story of building a design research group from scratch. As there has been some recent interest in design research as a team based activity, this article illustrates how we built the Imagination research team and how it continues to develop. This article gives us the chance to reflect on how far we have come in the last decade. Once we were a few dedicated members of staff wanting to bring design research to a small university in the north of the UK. Now we are one of the leading centers of excellence worldwide for design research. This article uses case studies from research projects and Ph.D. research to demonstrate Imagination’s research philosophy—open-ended and anti-disciplinary. We celebrate the plurality of ways design research is carried out. The article highlights how we use design research to address global challenges, and how these have also shaped our teaching and further research. We end by considering the value of design research and how we, as a team, can take Imagination forward into the next decade.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Learning from the Victorians: Walkability Lessons for the Design of Future UK Neighbourhoods ( breakout presentation ) Christopher Boyko, Claire Coulton, Rachel Cooper Published: 01 December 2017
Journal of Transport & Health, doi: 10.1016/j.jth.2017.11.048
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Article 6 Reads 1 Citation Dataset of the livability performance of the city of Birmingham, UK, as measured by its citizen wellbeing, resource secu... Joanne M. Leach, Susan E. Lee, Christopher T. Boyko, Claire ... Published: 13 October 2017
Data in Brief, doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2017.10.004
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This data article presents the UK City LIFE1 data set for the city of Birmingham, UK. UK City LIFE1 is a new, comprehensive and holistic method for measuring the livable sustainability performance of UK cities. The Birmingham data set comprises 346 indicators structured simultaneously (1) within a four-tier, outcome-based framework in order to aid in their interpretation (e.g., promote healthy living and healthy long lives, minimize energy use, uncouple economic vitality from CO2 emissions) and (2) thematically in order to complement government and disciplinary siloes (e.g., health, energy, economy, climate change). Birmingham data for the indicators are presented within an Excel spreadsheet with their type, units, geographic area, year, source, link to secondary data files, data collection method, data availability and any relevant calculations and notes. This paper provides a detailed description of UK city LIFE1 in order to enable comparable data sets to be produced for other UK cities. The Birmingham data set is made publically available at to facilitate this and to enable further analyses. The UK City LIFE1 Birmingham data set has been used to understand what is known and what is not known about the livable sustainability performance of the city and to inform how Birmingham City Council can take action now to improve its understanding and its performance into the future (see “Improving city-scale measures of livable sustainability: A study of urban measurement and assessment through application to the city of Birmingham, UK” Leach et al. [2]).