Simon Bowen

simon.bowen@ncl.ac.uk | Research Associate

Simon Bowen

I am a researcher and designer with particular interests in human- centred design, participatory design and critical design, and how they might contribute to a form of participatory innovation.

I am currently the Research Associate for the Newcastle University hub of the AHRC-funded Creative Exchange (CX) project, which is exploring the potential of “digital public space”. I support Open Lab’s 9 CX PhD students, and plan and deliver the Lab’s broader CX knowledge exchange research agenda.

From 2009 to 2013 I was the Design Research Fellow in User-centred Healthcare Design (UCHD), leading participatory design projects and developing a methodology for health service design. UCHD was part of the Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), South Yorkshire, funded by the National Institute for Health Research in the UK. For more details, see the UCHD website.

Since 2003 I have been developing participatory methods for producing designs that are both innovative and human-centred. In 2009 I was awarded a PhD for the critical artefact methodology I developed to support these methods, which has been applied in diverse projects with colleagues from Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds. I have subsequently been invited to lead seminars on this work in the UK and across Europe.

I also continue to work with colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University on exploring the design of digital devices and systems for capturing, storing and sharing memories utilising my critical artefact methodology.


2017

Enabling Polyvocality in Interactive Documentaries through "Structural Participation"
Green DP, Bowen S, Hook J, Wright P, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems6317-6329
Mindfulness and technology: Traces of a middle way
Akama Y, Light A, Bowen S, DIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems345-355

2016

<em>Unfoldings: </em>Multiple Explorations of Sound and Space
Shaw T, Bowen S, Bowers J, New Interfaces For Musical Expression152-157
Many Makings: Entangling Publics, Participation and Things in a Complex Collaborative Context
Bowers J, Bowen S, Shaw T, ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems1246-1257
The value of designers' creative practice within complex collaborations
Bowen S, Durrant A, Nissen B, Bowers J, Wright P, Design Studies174-198
Many Makings: Entangling Publics, Participation and Things in a Complex Collaborative Context
Bowers J, Bowen S, Shaw T, 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 16)1246-1257

2015

Understanding the lived experience of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: opportunities for design
Webster M, Foster E, Comber R, Bowen S, Cheetham T, Balaam M, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '15)140-149
Beyond Participatory Production: Digitally Supporting Grassroots Documentary
Green D, Bowen S, Newell C, Schofield G, Bartindale T, Crivellaro C, Sheik A, Wright P, Olivier P, Proceedings of the 33rd annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 20153157-3166
Exploring gesture sonification to support reflective craft practice
Smith T, Bowen S, Nissen B, Bowers J, Hook J, Verhoevan A, Wright P, Olivier P, CHI 2015 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems67-76
Contesting the City: Enacting the political through digitally supported urban walks
Crivellaro C, Comber R, Dade-Robertson M, Bowen S, Wright P, Olivier P, CHI 2015 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems2853-2862

Associated Projects

  • Stained glass
    Illuminations
    Shortly after Easter 2017 the medieval St Andrew’s Church in Heckington, Lincolnshire witnessed an immersive world of art, sound and history. A collection of artworks and performances used digital technologies to show the church’s past and its plac...
    August 30, 2011
  • Metro Futures
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has used the same trains since it opened in 1980, but these will soon need to be replaced. Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro collaborated with Open Lab to design methods and digital tools to involve more of Metro’s 40 m...
    August 30, 2011
 
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