Our five fully-funded projects
Project 1) Loss of HOME (Prof. Mike Wilson, Dr Falli Palaiologou, Prof. Rebecca Cain + Dr Ksenija Kuzmina): An inquiry grounded in digital storytelling and co-creation within different homelessness contexts into having and losing the material and immaterial functions of ‘home’, from shelter and the notion of safety, to identity, sense of belonging, memory and heritage, everyday rituals and symbolism. Building on theories of narrative enquiry and storytelling as a knowledge system, it will impact on design and policy through introducing experiential knowledge and thinking into understanding the emotional values attached to home and the way ideas of home are storied, allowing people to define their own idea of home.
Project 2) Reconstructing HOME (Dr Ksenia Chmutina, Dr Lee Bosher, Prof. Victoria Haines + Dr Antonia Liguori): Disasters, such as floods, have a significant impact on UK homes by not only damaging the physical structure but also affecting the perception of safety of those living in the dwelling. Yet there is evidence of people returning to their (often unsafe) homes after a disaster. Existing research largely focuses on provision of shelter or motivations for reconstruction, and does not connect with the concept of ‘home’, neglecting the emotional experience of the loss of home. Using participatory research methods and storytelling, this project explores the extent to which a sense of home is impacted by a disaster, the main challenges to regaining the home, and whether a temporary shelter becomes a home – and what makes it so.
Project 3) Transient HOME (Dr Val Mitchell, Dr Stuart Cockbill, Dr Ksenija Kuzmina + Dr Ksenia Chmutina): An investigation into how to support displaced people and their surrounding community through the transition of vacant properties and disused urban spaces into temporary safe places. With an emphasis on appreciative inquiry, a service design for social innovation approach utilising transdisciplinary theories of space and place will bring together diverse stakeholders to explore barriers and enablers to the creation of temporary homes. Outcomes will challenge the status quo regarding derelict properties and urban regeneration trends, reframe the issue of the transient home, and enable dignity for those who are or may become displaced. Click here to read more and to apply.
Project 4) Adaptable HOME (Prof. Victoria Haines, Dr Antonia Liguori, Dr Val Mitchell + Dr Falli Palaiologou): Homes accommodate a range of households in their ‘lifetime’ with associated changing requirements. This project will focus on how and why homes are adapted and repurposed to meet the changing needs of their different occupants, both in the short and longer term. Questions about modular design, shared ownership (of the building and its design), adaptability and suitability for the needs of the occupants will be explored through personal and collective storytelling and prompted recollection approaches. The research could explore the role of digital technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in citizen involvement in the redesign of homes.
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Project 5) Homely HOME (Prof. Rebecca Cain, Dr Ksenia Chmutina, Dr Lee Bosher + Dr Falli Palaiologou): This research will determine and measure experiential notions of homeliness and the conditions of homeliness (e.g. in drop-in/one-stop, transitional, permanent housing), linking to wellbeing and policy. The research will extensively involve a broad range of influential stakeholders (e.g. councils, housing charities, shelters, housing organisations, insurers, nurses) to hear directly from the voices of those affected by homelessness. Methods will draw from design futures and speculative design to re-imagine a better, alternative future. The project will create impact through understanding the structural causes of homeliness and driving towards recommendations for policy change to improve the experience of homeless people. Click here to read more and to apply.
Student Self-Funding Projects
We also welcome applications from self-funding students at any time who would like to propose their own projects within the general area of our CDT. Self-funding students would join the CDT and benefit from the same cohort community as the fully-funded students.