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Understanding, capturing, and assessing value in collaborative design research

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Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


The collection of papers in this special issue respond to a tension between the broadening scope, scale and heterogeneity of collaborative design research, and an ever-growing demand from funders and regulatory organisations for the measurement and benchmarking of the work researchers do (Wilsdon 2016). Participatory design and co-design practice produce value in diverse forms, over multiple timescales, captured by different groups against different agendas. In this special issue, we seek to explore how value of, and in, participatory and co-design practices could be understood and captured not only to serve the needs of research assessment where the mechanisms and regimes of research impact and value tend towards highly defined, contained conceptions of value but also to enhance the scale, scope, and resourcing of collaborative design. To this end, the authors collected here offer perspectives on emerging ethical and political engagements with ‘value’ as a contested terrain. In differing ways, they offer accounts of how we guide, and are guided by, practices of valuation in the complexities of collaborative design situations.

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