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The Museum as a Catalyst

Cultural institutions and ‘mission-led innovation’

Author: Justin McGuirk

Redefining the problems, reframing the questions

Ahead of the opening of the exhibition Design Researchers in Residence: Islands at the Design Museum later this month, we’re sharing a preview of the accompanying exhibition catalogue. The following
Cher Potter

‘If we care about the planet, we should care about pigeons’

Ahead of the opening of the Design Researchers in Residence’ exhibition at the Design Museum in late-June, our coordinator Leilah Hirson-Comley caught up with resident James Peplow Powell.
Leilah Hirson-Comley

‘Games are well suited for tackling complex problems’

Game Changing, a Design Accelerator led by Swansea University, explores the potential of co-designing games for increasing understanding of climate change.
Leilah Hirson-Comley

Report: Green Transition Ecosystems townhall

On Tuesday 31 January, we were delighted to welcome a host of design researchers, business entrepreneurs and higher education institution representatives to the Green Transition Ecosystems (GTE)
Author: Leilah Hirson-Comley

Funding opportunity: Green Transition Ecosystems

Capitalising on clusters of design excellence, Green Transition Ecosystems (GTEs) are large scale projects that focus on translating the best design-led research into real-world benefits. GTEs will

Now Hiring: Managing Editor

We are looking for a freelance Managing Editor with strategic and operational leadership experience to support the launch of the Future Observatory journal.

Adapting Together

Adapting Together, last week’s symposium organised by Future Observatory and ImaginationLancaster, set out to consider how designers can create and support participation in climate action.
Author: George Kafka

Join the Future Observatory Research Steering Group

Future Observatory is looking for senior researchers, academics and design professionals to join our Research Steering Group.

Join the Team

As we work to deliver our expanded three-year Future Observatory: Design the Green Transition programme, we are looking to recruit four exciting new roles to join our dynamic and friendly team.

Restore: Material Mapping

Restore: Material Mapping attempts to make visible some of the journeys of the materials used in Design Researchers in Residence: Restore.
Author: Leyla Salih

‘They transformed in front of us’

The Design Exchange Partnerships are fifteen AHRC-funded research projects integral to the Future Observatory programme. Each funded project brings researchers into collaboration with non-academic
Leyla Salih

Apply now: Low Carbon Housing

Future Observatory is recruiting a Research Lead to deliver a research project, Low Carbon Housing: How a museum can help drive sustainable mass housing in the UK, funded by the Arts and Humanities

Open Call: Islands

THE OPEN CALL HAS NOW CLOSED Design Researchers in Residence is Future Observatory’s programme for design researchers hosted at the Design Museum. The residency supports thinkers at the start of their

Design the Green Transition

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and the Design Museum in London, today launch a multi-million-pound fund bringing UK researchers,