Zamenopoulos, T, Lam, B, Alexiou, K, Kelemen, M, De Sousa, S, Moffat, S and Phillips, M (2019) Types, obstacles and sources of empowerment in co-design: the role of shared material objects and processes. CoDesign. 1 - 20. ISSN 1571-0882

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Co-design is intrinsically linked to the notion of empowerment, however little research has focussed specifically on understanding the types, obstacles and sources of empowerment in co-design. This paper combines theoretical investigations with observations derived from co-designed research by academic and nonacademic partners to explore these issues, in particular, the role of shared material objects and processes in supporting empowerment during co-design. The paper uses the notions of ‘power over,’ ‘power to’, ‘power with’ and ‘power within’ to tease out different aspects of empowerment, and draws on empirical observations to determine different obstacles and sources associated with each. The study therefore makes a theoretical contribution to the understanding of co-design as an empowerment process and should be useful for design researchers undertaking co-design projects with non-experts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via Taylor & Francis at - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: co-design, research co-design, boundary objects, empowerment
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Business School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 12:56
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 11:07

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