European Cooperation in Science and Technology CA18236 - Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change (SHIINE)

  • Helen Simmons (Organiser)
  • Spencer, N. (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...


The Social Change Lab EU aims to address the challenge of what should be taught in the future and how it should be taught to address the highly complex, evolving and multifaceted social issues of contemporary society. The aim of its COST Action Working Group (WG1) is to demonstrate, through the adoption of Multi-Disciplinary Innovation methods, how we can respond to social problems with a design-led, problem-oriented approach, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse. WG1 responds to a gap in understanding of how design-led approaches morph in practice to enable and encourage social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The group focuses on practical tools, platforms and programmes in use within higher-educational contexts. The academics are from a range of design schools around Europe and will represent different disciplines (eg they might be fashion designers, architects, product designers etc).
Over two days this conference provided space for people to explore the ways design can be used to support social innovation. The event included keynote speakers, panel discussions, interactive workshops and the curation of a small conference exhibition.
Period20 Jun 202221 Jun 2022
Event typeConference
Conference numberWG1
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational