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Lab4Living: design for life and for living

Lab4Living is design-led interdisciplinary research group based at Sheffield Hallam University. This collaborative community of researchers across design, healthcare and creative practices work together to address real world issues that impact on health and wellbeing. 

We are one of the oldest Living Labs in Europe and much of our focus is on undertaking research in partnership with people. The research is manifested in commercial products, services and interventions that support dignity and human flourishing across the life-course. Excellence can be evidenced through awards, impact and accolades which have been given in recognition of its research, its staff and students who are supported by the team.

This website offers an overview of who we are, our current research themes and archived projects. You will also be able to learn about our events (including the International Design4Health Conference) and other news items. We are based in the White Building in the Centre of Sheffield, UK as shown in the video below. Our work aligns with the universities Transforming Lives vision. 

Featured Projects


The Life Café

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Journeying Through Dementia

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(Re)building Stories of Harm in the NHS

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Our Links

Series of international conferences, events and publications

Design For Health journal
Refereed international journal (Taylor & Francis) covering design in health and wellbeing.

Design Futures
Commercially focused product and packaging design consultancy based at Sheffield Hallam University.

CCRI Impact Blog
Showcasing research from the Culture & Creativity Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University.