Calls for papers

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Call for Chapters - The Wiley Handbook of Design & Innovation - Deadline for proposals 1 October


Professor James Woudhuysen, South Bank University (UK) Professor Martyn Evans, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) Dr James Moultrie, Cambridge University (UK)


This edited volume is a timely and comprehensive collection of thought provoking perspectives from leading thinkers in design and innovation and discusses how design might respond to societal challenges towards 2030 for the benefit of society.


The Wiley Handbook of Design & Innovation presents an extensive yet pragmatic exploration of the future of design and innovation. It goes further than merely making predictions about the future, rather it provides a compelling and meaningful dialogue regarding the broader economic, political and resource challenges society will face towards 2030 and discuss the potential responses that design can make. In doing so the future landscape of design and innovation is explored from multiple perspectives and aims to provide snapshots of the future that inform the practice and study of design today, and into the next decade.

The handbook places design in the wider global landscape across both developed and developing countries and provides leading thinkers with the opportunity to interrogate its future. This engagement provides the reader with a highly informed perspective on the broad direction of travel for the future of design and innovation and both qualifies and quantifies future trajectories underpinning its development.

This volume considers the contemporary debates of design and innovation, emerging directions, future challenges, manufacturing models, technological futures, interconnectedness and complexity, digital technologies and the impact of the digital, the changing role and expectations of the consumer, future skills, knowledge and education agendas, design democratisation, and the ever evolving contribution of design to innovatory ways of thinking, doing and being.

An international perspective is provided through case studies, interviews and cutting-edge research. It comprises six main sections:

  • Geographies:Design across the world, regions and nations
  • Skills:The future of design skills, knowledge and education
  • Foundations: Foundations for thinking about the future of design
  • Sectors: A critique of design and innovation from a sectorial perspective
  • Challenges: Addressing grand challenges through design and innovation
  • Manifesto: A Design Manifesto for 2030: Learning from the future to inform the present

We are seeking proposals for chapters for The Wiley Handbook of Design and Innovation in particular around the following themes:

  • Digital Devices
  • Automotive Design
  • Design in the United States
  • Design in South Korea
  • Design in Japan
  • Design in Latin America

Next Steps

If you would like to put forward a proposal for a chapter in the Wiley Handbook of Design & Innovation please submit to the editors your proposed chapter title and provide an outline summary of your preferred contribution (up to 300 words).


BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: "Usability, Accessibility and Inclusive Design" (April 2018, Cambridge, UK)/ Deadline for submissions: 15 August 2017

“Breaking Down Barriers” is the ninth of a series of workshops, started in 2002, that represent the inclusive design community. CWUAAT is a unique multi-disciplinary workshop where designers, computer scientists, engineers, architects, ergonomists, ethnographers,  policymakers and user communities meet.

In the context of developing demographic changes leading to greater numbers of older people and people living with impairments, the general field of inclusive design research strives to relate the capabilities of the population to the design of products, services, and spaces. CWUAAT has always had a successful multidisciplinary focus, but if genuine transdisciplinary fields are to evolve from this, the final barriers to integrated research must be identified and characterised. Only then will benefits be realised in an inclusive society. Barriers do not arise from impairments themselves, but instead, are erected by humans, who often, have not considered a greater variation in sensory, cognitive and physical user capabilities. Barriers are not only technical or architectural, but they also exist between different communities of professionals. Our continual goal with the CWUAAT workshop series is to break down barriers in technical, physical, and architectural design, as well as barriers between different professional communities.

We seek original research papers describing investigations within the following broad categories:
1. Breaking down barriers between disciplines
2. Breaking down barriers between users, designers and developers
3. Removing barriers to usability, accessibility and inclusive design
4. Breaking down barriers between people with impairments and those without
5. Breaking down barriers between scientists and policy makers
6. Removing barriers to open data and open government

Accepted long papers will be published as a book by Springer-Verlag, UK.
Short papers will be published separately in an official conference proceedings.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 15 August, 2017
Notification of reviews: 20 October, 2017
Camera-ready version of submitted papers due: 10 November, 2017
Author and Early registration by: 15 December, 2017
Student and late Academic registration by: 15 February, 2018
CWUAAT Workshop: 9 - 11 April, 2018

Paper format details are available on the conference web-site.  All papers will be peer reviewed and the accepted long papers will be presented during the workshop. Extended abstracts will be taken and reviewed but may be required to resubmit as full papers.

To submit a paper please register on the CWUAAT submissions website when it becomes live.

Please join the cwuaat-announce news list for CWUAAT announcements.

Organising Committee
Dr Patrick Langdon, Engineering Design Centre, University of Cambridge
Dr Jonathan Lazar, Towson University and University of Pennsylvania, USA
Prof Ann Heylighen, KU Leuven, Belgium
Prof Hua Dong, Tongii University, China

For further information please contact:
Ms Mari Huhtala or Mrs Anna Walczyk
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1PZ
United Kingdom
Tel:  +44 (0)1223 748245 / 748247
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339263


Volume 09, Int|AR, Journal on Interventions and Adaptive Reuse. Deadline for submissions: 15 August 2017

Established in 2009 as the first American academic publication focusing on Design and Adaptive Reuse, the Int|AR Journal explores this inherently sustainable practice through multi-faceted investigations and paradigmatic examples. Encompassing issues of preservation, conservation, alteration and interventions, each peer-reviewed issue offers broad but distinct viewpoints on a single topic.

We live in a time characterized by violence, racism, inequality, supremacy, ignorance.  These actions prompt responses, daily and globally, from Tweets to boycotts, but also kindness and unintended heroism. George Bernard Shaw said, “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not to react.”

In the built environment, both microscopic and urbanistic, design interventions react to constraints of nature, clients, budgets, structural limits. What of Intervention as Act?
Can an intervention to an existing structure think? yell? scream? whisper?
Can an intervention to an existing structure prompt performance? engagement? revision? negation?
Can an intervention to an existing structure create sanctuary? absolve? moralize? redeem? ideate? appropriate? heal? And what of the building’s original intent? 
Can an intervention be an act of defiance, one of division, one of resistance?
If Intervention as Act implies a breaking away, a shift from the status quo, an adaptation to a new context, can that adaptation bring occupants to ACT?   

Proposals 250 words by August 15, 2017 to be emailed to


Call for artworks. New peer-reviewed open access journal The Ecological Citizen is looking for artworks for Issue 2.  Deadline 1 September 2017

Looking for documentation of ecological artistic projects or research, as well as drawings and images that relate to the journal topic areas, and images of animals and other nature including but not limited to: observational drawings, landscapes of all kinds, macro and cosmic perspectives, and animal vision. Full details here.

Topics include: Biodiversity and bioabundance; Protection and restoration of wilder habitats; Animal welfare; Energy and climate change; Waste and toxics; Human overpopulation and overconsumption; Philosophical aspects of ecocentrism, deep ecology and deep green ethics; Earth-centred law; Ecological aesthetics

Read the just-launched first issue here:


Research in Engineering Design Special Issue on Design and Development Processes. Deadline for submissions: 1 September 2017

Goal: This special issue aims to bring together state of the art of design and development process research that takes an empirical, theoretical, conceptual, prescriptive or pragmatic perspective on the topic, and has a genuine ultimate goal to improve design practice.

Submissions may consider design and development processes on any scale, from the activities of individuals or teams who execute, manage, or direct them, through to the macro-level processes used to develop complex products or systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

• Models of the design and/or development process.
• Methods and tools to support the design and/or development process.
• Engineering change with an emphasis on the (re)design process.
• Empirical work revealing new insights on the design and/or development process.
• The design of design and/or development processes.
• The coordination of design and/or development including at different levels of scale.
• The relationships between design and/or development processes and their contexts.
• The relationship between design and/or development processes and product properties.
• Perspectives on other design and development process issues, such as iteration, complexity, coordination, uncertainty, etc.
• Critical analysis of existing approaches.

Full manuscript submissions are due 01 September 2017.

For more information on the topic, scope and submission/review processes, please refer to the Call for Papers announcement published by the journal. click here


Call for Papers: Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice. Deadline: 1 October 2017

The Call Themes are:

  • Utilising Archives and Collections for Textile Education, Industry and Practice
  • Textiles and Co-creation ​
  • 'Bio' Textiles

 Further information is available from the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice website

 Submissions can take one of the following forms:

  • Academic research papers (approximately 5,000 – 8,000) words;
  • Practitioner interviews or studies (approximately 6,000) words;
  • Position papers and reports of research currently in progress (approximately 3,000 words);
  • Book and exhibition reviews (approximately 500 – 2,000 words)

 If you would like to discuss please contact Faith Kane -


Call for conference papers: ServDes.2018 - Service Design Proof of Concept, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, June 18-20, 2018. Deadline 6 November

ServDes is the premier international research conference exploring service design and service innovation. ServDes.2018 is organised by the Design System of Politecnico di Milano, which comprises the Department of Design, the School of Design and the Consortium

The theme of ServDes.2018 is “Service Design Proof of Concept”.

Service Design can no longer be considered an ‘emerging discipline’. Though recent and in continuous evolution, it is now consolidated enough to be assessed and reviewed in terms of effectiveness and impact on economy and society: how far has the logic of services (and of Service Design culture) influenced the different domains of innovation and value creation? How much has this been truly integrated into the innovation process of private and public sectors? How effectively has this been understood, evaluated and discussed? How far have digital technologies and media been influencing service design and delivery?

Initially, Service Design mainly concentrated on the paradigm shift from designing the materiality of objects to focusing on immaterial experiences, interfaces, interactions, and strategies. Thus, for some decades attention has been paid to the changing role and competencies of the designer, and to the establishment of Service Design as a discipline in its own right, despite its multi-disciplinary approach which includes management, ethnography, sociology, and organizational studies, to mention but a few.

Now it is time to validate and review the models, processes and practices developed and used in the service design ecosystem, from its academic community to practitioners, companies and organizations at large.

The overarching scope of the conference is to reflect on the evolution and impact that this discipline and practice has made in different fields and sectors. To do this, ServDes2018 will create an opportunity firstly for sharing thoughts and experiences among scholars, practitioners and organisations, and secondly, to discuss service design in terms of proof of concept and the extent to which public and private organizations are ready to embed service design into their processes.

The main areas of discussion for the conference will be organised into the following tracks:

1. Learning and practicing

2. Sharing and collaborating

3. Measuring and evaluating

4. Governing and evidencing

5. Producing, distributing and organising

6. Experiencing and shaping

7. Community and relationship building

8. Envisioning and evolving

Authors are invited to submit a full paper up to 5000 words addressing these tracks.

Submitted contributions will be subject to double-blind peer review.

Accepted contributions will be published electronically in open access in the conference proceedings edited by Linköping University Electronic Press.  For more information click here



The 16th biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC). Hasselt & Genk, Belgium, 20 - 24 August 2018.  Deadline: Full papers: 10 November 2017

"Participatory Design, Democracy and Politics"

The Participatory Design Conference (PDC) is a conference with a long history in bringing together scholars who present research on the direct involvement of people in design, development, implementation, and appropriation activities of information and communication technologies, spaces, artefacts, and services. PDC brings together a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers and practitioners encompassing a wide range of issues that emerge around participatory design, encountered and discussed in multiple fields. These include, but are not limited to, HCI (Human-Computer Interaction), CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work), co-design, design research, CSCL (Computer Supported Collaborative Learning), ICT4D (Information and Communication Technology for Development), development studies, design anthropology, sociology, media studies, architecture and spatial planning, and arts.


PARADE  - Publication and Research in Art, Architecture, Design and Environments is an interdisciplinary collaboration between universities and publishers internationally.  Call for abstracts: Deadline 30 January 2018

Artists, designers, filmmakers, journalists, media and communications specialists, architects, urban designers and more are welcome.

Themes: media, communications, film, digital technologies, and the built environment.

Moving Images – Static Spaces? The blurring of Architectures, Film, Animation, Digital Art, Coding and Design

Dates: 12-13 April 2018
Place: Istanbul Kemerburgaz University / Altinbaş Foundation
Publishers include: Routledge Taylor&Francis; UCL Press; Intellect Books; Libri Publishing; Vernon Press.
Universities include: University of East London; the University of Arizona; Abu Dhabi University and Istanbul Kemerburgaz University.

Delegates can attend in person or present virtually, avoiding the need for travel:

FILM / VIDEO: Pre-recorded films published on the event’s YOUTUBE channel
SKYPE: This option allows delegates to engage with the audience directly through Q&A.
IN PERSON: Delegates are also welcome to attend the event and present in-person.

In all cases, delegates can present full written papers for the associated publications. The primary publication related to this event is the Intellect Books series, The Mediated City.



Call for Submissions - ongoing deadline

The interior is a fluid space that responds to changes informed by culture, scale, technology, performance and materials to name a few. These represent a sample from a greater cross section of interdisciplinary forces that shape and reshape the interior.

Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture looks to authors and designers to contribute writings, design projects, experimental studies, and new approaches to interiors in order to reveal changes affecting the interior as seen through the multitude of influences it can absorb.

The journal seeks to publish work that frames the discipline in its past and present through history and theory both established and newly forming. At the same time, it seeks to generate discussion about the ability for interiors to be flexible, dynamic, temporary and static, based upon its role and performance in relationship to changes in the built environment in the form of design and experimental work. The journal sets out to challenge divisions between theory and practice and aims to provide an essential forum for all those with an interest in bridging these areas.

The journal, Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture published by Taylor & Francis, invites submissions for forthcoming volumes. Submissions can take the form of text, creative works with brief supporting text, exhibition reviews as well as manuscripts that challenge and inform the discipline. Further information about the journal can be found at the following link.


Philosophy of Photography - Ongoing deadline

The editors welcome inquiries and submissions from researchers and practitioners, from a broad range of disciplines, who seek to explore any aspect of photography from a theoretical standpoint. The journal publishes articles, interviews, photo-works, new English translations of significant work on photography in other languages, occasional symposia or special sections on key topics, reviews, conference reports and critical analyses of technical developments. Prospective guest editors with ideas for special sections devoted to particular themes are invited to approach the editors with their proposal.


She Ji - the Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation - Ongoing deadline

She Ji is a peer-reviewed, trans-disciplinary design journal published by Elsevier in collaboration with Tongji University and Tongji University Press. The first issue appeared in September 2015. 

She Ji focuses on economics and innovation, design process and design thinking. Our mission is to enable design innovation in industry, business, non-profit services, and government through economic and social value creation.

Innovation requires integrating ideas, economics, and technology to create new knowledge at the intersection of different fields. She Ji provides a unique forum for this inter- disciplinary inquiry.

She Ji addresses how societies, organizations, and individuals create, build, distribute, use, and enjoy goods and services, with an added focus on strategy and management. The journal also explores the way that organizations increasingly use design thinking to achieve organisational goals, and the journal examines how design thinking can inform wider social, managerial, and intellectual discourses. She Ji also publishes articles in research methods and methodology, philosophy, and philosophy of science to support the core journal area.

She Ji invites papers on topics within our remit. Articles of interest might cover such issues as:

– Design-driven innovation for social and economic change – Design practices in management, consulting, and public service – Alternative economies and industrial transformation – Design for smart and sustainable living – Latest design theories – Methods and methodologies for design research – Design for social innovation, organizational change, and education – Design, computation, and algorithms – Cultural aspects of design and innovation – Philosophy of design – Philosophy of science in design research