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Understanding, capturing, and assessing value in collaborative design research

Whitham, Roger; Moreton, Simon; Bowen, Simon; Speed, Chris; Durrant, Abigail

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Roger Whitham

Simon Moreton
Associate Professor of Creative Economies

Simon Bowen

Chris Speed

Abigail Durrant


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.


Whitham, R., Moreton, S., Bowen, S., Speed, C., & Durrant, A. (2019). Understanding, capturing, and assessing value in collaborative design research. CoDesign, 15(1), 1-7.

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Dec 18, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 14, 2019
Publication Date Mar 14, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 16, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 15, 2020
Journal CoDesign
Print ISSN 1571-0882
Electronic ISSN 1745-3755
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 1-7
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in CoDesignon 14th March 2019, available online:


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