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Core Team

Lab4Living comprises of a small core team of people who are responsible for the strategic direction and the day-to-day management of activity. They are joined by Research Assistants who work on externally funded projects and by Research Associates who bring expertise from other departments and faculties across the University. Post-graduate and placement students, supervised by the team, are a part of the Lab4Living community, joined on an occasional basis by visiting researchers from other HEIs and overseas institutions.


Prof Paul Chamberlain


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Dr Claire Craig


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Dr Joseph Langley

Principal Research Fellow

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Heath Reed

Principal Researcher

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Kirsty Christer

Communications and Events Director

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Julie Roe


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Research Assistants

The following individuals are currently employed on externally funded research projects:

Research Associates

Successful grant capture enables Lab4Living to draw on expertise from within the Art and Design Research and across the University on specific projects and research themes. Researchers currently working on Lab4Living projects include:

We share overlapping research interests with colleagues from within the Art & Design Research Centre (including Virginia Health – My Dangerous Loverboy; Prof David Cotterrell – War and Medicine; David Swann – ABC Syringe; Becky Shaw – ‘A’. The Christmas Party) and are also able to draw on expertise from beyond our research centre and across the University, including the Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) and Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

Beyond the University, we have formed close ties through long established and regular collaboration with a number of organisations including NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative, NIHR CLAHRC YH, and NIHR CYP MedTech.

We work in partnership with community groups, hospitals, cultural, academic and industrial organisations as we grow our community, our partners. [link to our community our partners – list of partner orgs]

Honorary Research Fellows and Advisors

We are supported in our work by a number of national key leaders across design and health who act as advisors. These include Dan Wolstenholme (Clinical Research Fellow at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust); Professor Wendy Tindale (Scientific Director of Research Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) Professor Sue Mawson (Professor of Health Services Research, Sheffield), Professor Paul Dimitri (Director of Research and Innovation, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Bill Noble. (Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)

Placements and Postgraduate study

The Lab nurtures and supports the development of the researchers of the future through mentorship, with a particular focus on supporting early career researchers. Academic staff members supervise PhD students undertaking original research in design and health, and teach on national and international masters programs.

Current PhD students supervised by the team include:

Sarah Smith
Claire Trelfa
Katherine Broomfield

Julie Walters
Colette Beecher
Joe Rolfe

Heather Dunn
Cathy Slorency

Our community, our partners

UK & Ireland

Alzheimer Scotland
Bassetlaw Trust
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
Colchester General Hospital
Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester
Craigavon Area Trust Hospital, Northern Ireland
Design Matters at Art Centre College of Design
Devices 4 Dignity
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Health Education England
Hull Hospital
Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Lancaster University
Lincolnshire hospitals NHS Trust
National Education Scotland
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal College of Midwives
Royal Liverpool Hospitals
Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton
Scottish Executive
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals
Sunderland Royal Hospital
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
University of Bradford
University College Cork
University of Huddersfield
University of Newcastle
University of Sheffield
York Hospital

Bangor University
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS- Foundation Trust
Calderdale Royal Hospital
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
College of Occupational Therapists
Coventry University
Cranfield University
Derby Teaching Hospitals
Devices 4 Dignity
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing- and Midwifery Kings College London
Glasgow School of Art Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Hull Hospital
Kings College London
Kirklees Hospitals
Leicester Hospitals
Museums Sheffield
Royal College of Art
Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester
Royal Preston Hospital
Sandwell Hospital, West Bromwich
Sheffield City Council
Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Teeside Hospital
University College Hospital London
University of Cambridge
University of Durham
University of Leeds
University of Northumbria
Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health-Science Network


Occupational Therapy Schools, Denmark
Politecnico Milano, Italy
University of Venice, Italy
University of Malta Teaching Hospital, Malta
Hogeschool Zuyd, Netherlands
University of Delft, Netherlands
Waag Technology & Society, Netherlands

Autonomous University Barcelona, Spain
ZHAW Institute, Switzerland
University of Applied Sciences Switzerland
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

Australasia, Far East & Americas

Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand
Brain Research, New Zealand
China Academy of Arts
Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
The University of South Australia (UniSA) Design Clinic, Adelaide 

Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Chang Gung University, Taiwan
Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan
Swinburne University, Melbourne