2–5 February 2021



A new social design framework to challenge assumptions in research projects in LMIC's


Presenting Author(s): Chamithri Greru, Alison Prendiville
02 February 2021

Conducting research in low-to-middle income countries (LMICs) has become a top priority for funding organisations based in the Global North through which they deploy ‘development’ and ‘aid’ projects targeting fragile systems. However, such projects tend to further exacerbate the inequalities they bring about with tainting transfer of aid, technical and design assistance from Global North to Global South. This workshop aims to produce a set of guidelines and a new social design framework based on design ethics to encounter implications of these asymmetries. Drawing from two projects that run between the UK and India, participants will be asked to critically evaluate how we might engage with ‘pluriversality’ in complex design projects by speculating through real world ethics scenarios. It will encourage us to think beyond typical human dimension in social design to consider an intra-act among human, non-human, visible and invisible relationships that humans make with animals, microbes and the environment.

Europe (CET): 2nd February 2021 8:00 am to 10:00 am

US (EST): 2nd February 2021 2:00 am to 4:00 am

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Chamithri Greru
Chamithri Greru
University of the Arts, London

Chamithri Greru is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Arts London and is currently working on a social design project related to food systems funded by the ESRC between the UK and India. Her research focus is on developing collaborative methods and tools to foster social innovation, local development and participation. During her PhD at Heriot Watt University, she explored intersections between craft and design with a focus on participatory approaches to heritage management, and her research has been carried out in Scotland, India, and Sri Lanka. Chamithri has a practice background as a designer and worked in the industry before joining academia.

Alison Prendiville
Alison Prendiville
University of the Arts, London

Dr Alison Prendiville is Professor of Service Design at LCC, UAL. Her design research is transdisciplinary and framed by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and focused on human and animal health settings. Currently she is a co-investigator on two ESRC Bhabha Newton research projects on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in India (DOSA – Diagnostics for One-health user Driven Solution to AMR and DARPI – Drivers of Antimicrobial Resistance in Poultry in India) and an EU Horizon 2020 Plant Molecular Farming project, focusing on plant molecular technologies in human and animal healthcare. She has extensive experience in co-design and participatory practices with diverse stakeholders in LMIC for the development of new products, services and processes for context specific service solutions. Her background is interdisciplinary converging both design and digital anthropology.