Structuring roles in Research through Design collaboration

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In Research through Design knowledge is generated, but not always captured and shared effectively. When working in a multidisciplinary team of, e.g. designers, design researchers, academic researchers and domain practitioners confusion about
roles, processes, and results easily occurs. In a series of three Research through Design cases we developed a set of role descriptions to help structuring the collaboration in such projects, using different configurations of people, roles and documentation tools. We conclude with a structure for assigning roles that enables multidisciplinary teams to make their Research through Design process more
explicit, reflect on their activities as part of process data, and propose moments to capture knowledge from all actors involved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2018
EditorsC. Storni, K. Leahy, M. McMahon, P. Lloyd, E. Bohemia
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print) 978-1-912294-16-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventDRS 2018: Design as a catalyst for change - Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 25 Jun 201828 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of DRS
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISSN (Print)2398-3132


ConferenceDRS 2018


  • Research through design
  • collaboration
  • design documentation


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