Design for End of life

End of life is a profound and inevitable part of life, and thus, human condition. It raises significant and critical questions around the meaning, purpose, fairness and quality of life, on multiple individual, inter-personal, and societal levels.

Design for end of life is an emerging area, gaining visibility and interdisciplinary interest. Current contributions around design and end-of-life are however, limited and disjointed, lacking in critical knowledge base and strategic vision. While valuable, such rush into interventional, operational, and incremental contributions, is archetypal of design’s ‘problem-solving’ approach, and would risk obscuring the broader and potentially significant theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions between design and end of life.

The Inclusionaries Lab is pioneering a problem framing, transdisciplinary, and systemic approach to this fascinating emerging field. Coined as ‘Design Meets Death‘, we are initiating a theoretically and empirically informed discourse between the two fields of design and end-of-life in order to identify critical questions, strategic opportunities, and significant contributions. And furthermore, to interrogate and reimagine the narratives as well as the experiences in end-of-life, through inclusive and human-centred innovation.

Our recently funded research include:

  • revisiting ‘legacyin the context of paediatric palliative care – in collaboration with Alder Hey Specialist Palliative Care Unit (funded by Hugh Greenwood Legacy for Children’s Health Research);
  • Reimagining the Hospice of The Future through the lens of human-centred design and advanced robotics – in collaboration with Marie Curie Hospice (funded by Doctoral Network in AI for Future Digital Health).
  • Our trajectory of publications in this area could be accessed here.
  • Hospice of The Future, PhD project and progress can be found here.