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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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Prof Peter Lloyd Jones

Professor of Design

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Prof Claire Craig


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Kaisu Koski 

Dr Kaisu Koski

Associate Professor of Art and Design

View Kaisu’s bio


Dr Joseph Langley

Principal Research Fellow

View Joe’s bio
Micheal Tan Koon Boon 

Dr Michael Koon Boon Tan

Associate Professor of Art and Design

View Michael’s bio


Bethany Guy

Lab4Living Administrator

Heath Reed

Principal Researcher

View Heath’s bio

Kirsty Christer

Communications and Events Officer

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Julie Roe

Project Manager

View Julie’s bio

Research Assistants

The following individuals have been employed on externally funded research projects:

The 2019 Research England award for the 100 Year Life project enabled a major recruitment opportunity which includes a Professor, two Readers, a Project Manager, five Research Assistants, 12 PhD students and an administrator.

To find out what members of the team are working on, go to News or the C3RI Impact Blog: Lab4Living News Items.

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.

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 have included Dan Wolstenholme (formerly 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 projects are described on the Postgraduate students page. Students supervised by the team include:

Marney Walker
Jade Wilson
Sarah Smith
Maria Mullane
Claire Trelfa
Katherine Broomfield

Charlie Thorpe
Grace Gelder
Chella Quint
Jackie Leaver
Colette Beecher
Joe Rolfe

Emma Mcginn
Marika Grasso
Roland Van Dierendonck
Heather Dunn
Cathy Soreny
Kuang-Yi Ku

Our community, our partners

UK & Ireland

Alzheimer Scotland
Bangor University
Bassetlaw Trust
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS- Foundation Trust
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Calderdale Royal Hospital
Cardiff University
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
Colchester General Hospital
College of Occupational Therapists
Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester
Coventry University
Craigavon Area Trust Hospital, Northern Ireland
Cranfield University
Cure Parkinson’s Trust
Derby Teaching Hospitals
Design Matters at Art Centre College of Design
Devices for Dignity
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery Kings College London
Flourish Workplace
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Glasgow School of Art Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Global Kinetics Corporation
Health Education England
Hull Hospital
IMPRESS (Incontinence Management & PRevention through Engineering and ScienceS)
Kings College London
Kings Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield
Kirklees Hospitals
Lancaster University
Leicester Hospitals
Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Marie Curie
Move More Sheffield
Museums Sheffield
National Education Scotland

NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative
NIHR Oxford Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative
North Bristol NHS Trust
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Parkinson’s UK
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Radboud University
Royal College of Art
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester
Royal Liverpool Hospitals
Royal Preston Hospital
Royal Sussex Hospital, Brighton
Sandwell Hospital, West Bromwich
Scottish Executive
Sheffield Children’s Hospital
Sheffield City Council
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
South West Academic Health Science Network
St Andrew’s University
Sunderland Royal Hospital
Surgical Medtech Cooperative
Teeside Hospital
UCB Pharma Ltd
University College Cork
University College Hospital London
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
University of Bradford
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Durham
University of Huddersfield
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
University of Newcastle
University of Northumbria
University of Oxford
University of Sheffield
University of West of England
Westfield Health
Wrexham Maelor Hospital
York Hospital
Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health-Science Network (YH AHSN)


Autonomous University Barcelona, Spain
Hogeschool Zuyd, Netherlands
Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Occupational Therapy Schools, Denmark
Politecnico Milano, Italy
University of Applied Sciences Switzerland

University of Delft, Netherlands
University of Malta Teaching Hospital, Malta
University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
University of Venice, Italy
Waag Technology & Society, Netherlands
ZHAW Institute, Switzerland

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
Monash University, Melbourne Australia
University of Canberra, Australia