Core Project Team

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Professor Paul Chamberlain

Professor Paul Chamberlain – Design Director Lab4living and Head of Art and Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

Paul is a graduate from the Royal College of Art. His focus of interest lies in how research within art and design can be applied and utilised beyond its traditional disciplinary boundaries both to engage and inform pertinent societal questions. Paul has a track record in both industrial and academic design practice and research that explores the role of critical artefacts in multi-disciplinary human-centred research. Paul has led major projects with diverse academic specialists and commercial partners realising new knowledge that often informs and is demonstrated in commercial outputs. Paul has applied this research in the design of furniture, medical, healthcare, special needs and therapeutic products and systems that have achieved international recognition through publication, exhibition and awards.

Paul has delivered keynote lectures at leading international venues on innovation strategies and sustainable approaches to design and manufacture. Paul’s work has been instrumental in the creation of Lab4Living (ENOLL member), a collaborative research initiative between art and design and health research at Sheffield Hallam University that seeks to propose and develop creative strategies for the development of future living environments. Core to this activity has been the development of creative methods and tools for user and public engagement in participatory research and co-creation.

Daniel Wolstenholme

Daniel Wolstenholme – Core Project Manager, NIHR CLAHRC YH, and Visiting Researcher in the Art & Design Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

Dan undertook a first degree in Neuroscience before training as a nurse. During this time, Dan completed an MMedSci in nursing and healthcare studies and lectured on pre- and post-registration nursing courses within the School of Nursing at the University of Sheffield. Following this Dan worked in Research management and governance in Chesterfield and Sheffield Hospitals before taking up his role as project manager and clinical researcher on the User-centred Healthcare Design project within the NIHR CLAHRC SY (National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research for Care South Yorkshire). Dan’s current role for the Yorkshire and Humber CLAHRC involves managing research, using design and creative practice to mobilise knowledge and supporting innovation in healthcare. Dan is a visiting Researcher at Lab4Living and holds honorary contracts with both Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. Dan’s own research interests lie in exploring the potential of the theory and practice of design in healthcare.

Dr. Matt Dexter

Dr. Matt Dexter – Designer and researcher within the NIHR CLAHRC YH.

Matt originally trained as a Mechanical Engineer, but changed to study Product Design – taking a professional interest in the design and development of medical products. Through working with industry partners, the direction of Matt’s work shifted to the methodological implications that a User-centred approach could have on the development of medical products. Matt pursued an MA where he developed novel Telehealth technology leading to a position as a designer at the NIHR funded CLAHRC SY User-centred Healthcare Design team. Matt was involved in developing Participatory Design approaches for NHS service redesign across a number of projects – leading to an interest in how design can be used for positive impacts in the self-management regimes of those living with chronic conditions. Matt completed his PhD in 2014 around creating open-source medical products collaboratively designed by a distributed network of people living with cystic fibrosis from the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Matt’s research and practice interests lie in developing novel methods for people to be part of the design and development process for medical technology.

Lizzie Seals

Lizzie Seals – Information Adviser at Sheffield Hallam University Adsetts Centre.

Lizzie has been working in academic libraries since 2008. She began her career in a medical library where she worked for three years and first became interested in health information. Lizzie completed an MA in Librarianship in 2012 where she developed an interest in specialist literature searching. She researched her dissertation on representations of communities in local media. After completing her MA, Lizzie worked as an Information Adviser for Design, supporting students and researchers in this subject area. Lizzie’s professional interests include open access research, technology-enhanced learning, and user-centred library design. Lizzie currently works as an Information Adviser supporting the subject areas of International Business and Economics. She is also a copy editor for the Journal of Information Literacy.

The core team would also like to thank Dr. Claire Craig and Dr. Joe Langley for their invaluable contributions.