Simon Bowen

Simon Bowen

Knowledge Exchange Associate

I am a researcher and designer with particular interests in human-centred design, participatory design and critical design, and how they might contribute to a form of participatory innovation.

As the Knowledge Exchange Associate for the Newcastle University hub of the Creative Exchange, based within the Open Lab research group. I support Newcastle’s 9 PhD students and plan and deliver the Lab’s broader CX knowledge exchange research agenda.

From 2009 to 2013 I was the Design Research Fellow in User-centred Healthcare Design (UCHD), leading participatory design projects and developing a methodology for health service design. UCHD was part of the Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), South Yorkshire, funded by the National Institute for Health Research in the UK. For more details, see the UCHD website.

I also continue to work with colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University on exploring the design of digital devices and systems for capturing, storing and sharing memories utilising the critical artefact methodology I developed in my PhD research.

Sound Spaces at Thinking Digital

20th Apr 2016
Developing from the Sound Spaces collaboration in Liverpool, CX partners Stefan Kazassoglou (of Kinicho), and Tim Shaw and John Bowers (of Newcastle University) will be at Thinking Digital Newcastle 10,11 May 2016. Kinicho will be installing their COSMOS sound system for third-order ambisonics, which will be used for a creative collaboration...

Photos from Sound Spaces

3rd Nov 2015
Photographs made during the Sound Spaces project are now available online. Including the Sound Lines public making workshop, Sound Spaces exhibition, and public performances by Philip Jeck, Tim Shaw and John Bowers.

Sound Spaces Exhibition reveals Liverpool's hidden spaces

18th Oct 2015
Exhibition at FACT Liverpool (19 - 23 October) uses unique photography and sound techniques to transport visitors to new realms - and in new ways. Sound Spaces transports visitors to some iconic and unusual Liverpool locations - without them moving a muscle. Release inhibitions - shout in the library, curse in...

Interactive documentary 'Red Tales' launched

14th Jun 2015
Unique, interactive documentary explores the secret life of our Red Squirrel through the eyes of the British public. Led by researchers at Newcastle University’s Open Lab in partnership with Red Squirrels Northern England and conservation charity Wildscreen, Red Tales is the first interactive documentary of its kind, bringing together red squirrel...

Skills in Action – presenting Creative Exchange Superheroes

24th Nov 2014
A core strand of the work we do at Creative Exchange is looking how knowledge exchange can be incorporated into the training of doctoral students and early career researchers. So it was with great pleasure that we (Simon and Naomi) accepted an invitation to represent CX at an event designed for...