Simon Bowen

Simon Bowen

Senior Research Associate

I am a designer-researcher with over ten years’ experience coordinating cross-sector and design practice-led collaborative projects across domains including: climate change public engagement; volunteering and community-based services; digitally-supported co-design at scale; community and place-based cultural heritage; academic-industry knowledge exchange, and healthcare service innovation.

In 2016, I coordinated Open Lab’s 2016 Metro Futures project that enabled 300 face-to-face and 3000 online public participants to influence the design of new trains for Tyne & Wear Metro.

I also managed the several academic-industry collaborations within Newcastle University’s part of the Creative Exchange, an AHRC-funded knowledge exchange hub for the creative economy. Within these projects I have developed research of the value of design practice for collaboration and innovation. Since 2016, I have coordinated and contributed to several place-based digital artworks on the topic of climate change.

2020

Metro Futures: Experience-Centred Co-Design at Scale

  1. Bowen Simon
  2. Wright Peter
  3. Wilson Alexander
  4. Dow Andy
  5. Bartindale Tom
  6. Anderson Rob

2020Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI ’20

2019

Cross-cultural Understanding of Chinese Traditional Puppetry: Integrating Digital Technology to Enhance Audience Engagement

  1. Zhao SC
  2. Kirk D
  3. Bowen S
  4. Wright PC

2019The International Journal of Intangible Heritage

Supporting the Cross-cultural Appreciation of Traditional Chinese Puppetry Through a Digital Gesture Library

  1. Zhao SC
  2. Kirk D
  3. Bowen S
  4. Chatting D
  5. Wright PC

2019ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage

Understanding, capturing, and assessing value in collaborative design research

  1. Whitham R
  2. Moreton S
  3. Bowen S
  4. Speed C
  5. Durrant A

2019CoDesign

2018

Decorating public and private spaces: Identity and pride in a refugee camp

  1. Nabil S
  2. Talhouk R
  3. Trueman J
  4. Kirk DS
  5. Bowen S
  6. Wright P

2018CHI EA '18 Human Factors in Computing Systems

ActuEating: Desiging, Studying and Exploring Actuating Decorative Artefacts

  1. Nabil S
  2. Everitt A
  3. Sturdee M
  4. Alexander J
  5. Bowen S
  6. Wright P
  7. Kirk D

2018DIS '18: Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference

Enhancing the Appreciation of Traditional Chinese Painting Using Interactive Technology

  1. Zhao SC
  2. Kirk D
  3. Bowen S
  4. Wright PC

2018Multimodal Technologies and Interaction

2017

Enabling Polyvocality in Interactive Documentaries through "Structural Participation"

  1. Green DP
  2. Bowen S
  3. Hook J
  4. Wright P

2017CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Mindfulness and technology: Traces of a middle way

  1. Akama Y
  2. Light A
  3. Bowen S

2017DIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems

Participatory design facilitates Person Centred Nursing in service improvement with older people: a secondary directed content analysis

  1. Wolstenholme D
  2. Ross H
  3. Cobb M
  4. Bowen S

2017Journal of Clinical Nursing

2016

Many Makings: Entangling Publics, Participation and Things in a Complex Collaborative Context

  1. Bowers J
  2. Bowen S
  3. Shaw T

20162016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 16)

The value of designers' creative practice within complex collaborations

  1. Bowen S
  2. Durrant A
  3. Nissen B
  4. Bowers J
  5. Wright P

2016Design Studies

Many Makings: Entangling Publics, Participation and Things in a Complex Collaborative Context

  1. Bowers J
  2. Bowen S
  3. Shaw T

2016ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems

<em>Unfoldings: </em>Multiple Explorations of Sound and Space

  1. Shaw T
  2. Bowen S
  3. Bowers J

2016New Interfaces For Musical Expression

2015

Exploring gesture sonification to support reflective craft practice

  1. Smith T
  2. Bowen S
  3. Nissen B
  4. Bowers J
  5. Hook J
  6. Verhoevan A
  7. Wright P
  8. Olivier P

2015CHI 2015 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Contesting the City: Enacting the political through digitally supported urban walks

  1. Crivellaro C
  2. Comber R
  3. Dade-Robertson M
  4. Bowen S
  5. Wright P
  6. Olivier P

2015CHI 2015 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Beyond Participatory Production: Digitally Supporting Grassroots Documentary

  1. Green D
  2. Bowen S
  3. Newell C
  4. Schofield G
  5. Bartindale T
  6. Crivellaro C
  7. Sheik A
  8. Wright P
  9. Olivier P

2015Proceedings of the 33rd annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 2015

Understanding the lived experience of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: opportunities for design

  1. Webster M
  2. Foster E
  3. Comber R
  4. Bowen S
  5. Cheetham T
  6. Balaam M

2015Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '15)