Design and Social Innovation Research Network: AHRC report 2017

In January 2016 DESIAP received an Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) UK Research Network funding with the expressed aim create a research network by bringing together UK and Asia-Pacific researchers. With this funding, the DESIAP Research Network was created, and has since facilitated a symposium and a series of workshops in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and the UK. Outcomes of these events have been compiled in this report and made publicly accessible on the DESIAP website. This report captures a snapshot of the activities, discussions and themes that have emerged through this work.

DESIAP AHRC Report 2017

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DESIAP 2017 Symposium in Kuala Lumpur

Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM), Level 11 (West Wing), Menara MATRADE, Jalan Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, 50480 Malaysia

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DESIAP 2016 Workshop Summary


The DESIAP 2016 Workshop was held at the Thai Creative and Design Center (TCDC) in Bangkok on the 13-14th of July 2016 following on from the public symposium held the day before. In total we had 30 participants, half comprised the DESIAP network members from the UK and Asia-Pacific, while half of the participants came from a range of Thai public, private and educational organisations.

The aim of the workshop was to discuss the themes and insights that has emerged from the public symposium held on the 12th of July. Broad ranging and rich discussions took place over an intense 2 days and we have summarised the outcomes in the following report. Some of the key issues discussed included:

  • Qualities of design
  • The meaning and purpose of social innovation
  • The designer’s role
  • Education & learning
  • Mindset of social innovators
  • Drivers of social innovation

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DESIAP Research Network Symposium & Workshop 2016

Thailand Creative and Design Center (TCDC) – 5th Fl. The Emporium Shopping Complex 622 Sukhumvit 24, Bangkok Thailand 10110

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