Detailed Call For Participation - Call For Papers

DRS2018: Catalyst

Designing is increasingly taking place in shifting territorial, economic, and policy contexts. DRS2018 will explore emergent themes at the intersections of design research, design practice, design education and design policy. We ask what are the ways in which design research can catalyse progressive change in this emerging world?

DRS2018 takes place in Limerick, Ireland in an exciting four-day conference from 25th to 28th June 2018. As well as DRS2018 Call for Papers, we also seek submissions for the PhD by Design event, Workshop sessions and Conversation sessions. Please see the website for the Call for Conversations, Call for Workshops, and PhD by Design.

DRS2018 invites new and challenging paper submissions from any area or discipline of design research.  We embrace research looking at and using design in the widest possible sense with interdisciplinary work and work responding to the conference themes particularly encouraged.


In addition to an open call for papers, there are a number of theme tracks that authors are encouraged to submit their research papers to.

DRS2018 Themes

Data, Technology and Society

Designing with Data, Democratisation through Data
Design, Technology and Society

Ethics and Values

Ethics, Values and Designer Responsibility
Philosophical tools in Design Research: From empirical turn to practical

Multiple Voices

Design, Research and Feminism(s)
Not just from the centre - multiple voices in design
Designing social innovation in cultural diversity and sensitivity

Design for Change

Designing for Transitions

Tools and Practices in Design

Tools of Design
Physical and Digital Materials in Creative Design Practice
The (Act of) Drawing in Design (Research)

DRS Special Interest Groups

Experiential Knowledge (EKSig)
Objects, Practices, Experiences and Networks (OPENSig)
Inclusive Design (Inclusive Sig)
Sustainable Design (Sustainability Sig)
Design for Behaviour Change (Behaviour Change Sig)
Design for Tangible, Embedded and Networked Technologies (TENTSig)

Design Research for Wellbeing, Health and Happiness (SIGWELL)

Design for Subjective Wellbeing
Health and Wellbeing by Design

Design Pedagogy (PedSIG)

Design Education for the General Public
Design Education: Catalysing Design Capability

Design Innovation Management (DIMSIG)

How Organisations Employ Design as Vehicle for Change
The Role of Design in Open Innovation


Papers should be up to 5000 words, including abstracts and references, and should adhere to the conference paper submission template guidelines.

All submissions must be in the English language.

The online submission system will be open from 5th September 2017 and full papers must be submitted by midnight on 6th November 2017.


Review for DRS2018 is by full papers only.

Peer Review

This is a general design research conference and it is expected that a wide variety of work and projects will be reported. Irrespective of the range and stage of your research, we expect the highest standards of scholarship and clarity in terms of establishing context, explicating methods of inquiry, and reporting results. Full papers will be selected through a double blind review process conducted by an international review panel.

Our aim is to increase the quality of peer reviewing for DRS2018.  The review process for each sub-track of the conference will be managed separately by a sub-chair who will oversee the peer review process for submissions.  This will involve allocating reviewers, resolving any conflicts, and making recommendations to the overall DRS2018 review committee.  Authors will have an opportunity to evaluate the reviews they receive, which sub-chairs will factor into making their final recommendations.

Conference Presentation And Proceedings

Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend and present their work at the DRS2018 conference. All accepted papers will be published in the online conference proceedings and be available before the beginning of the conference.

Timetable For DRS2018 Papers

Submission system opens:  5th September 2017
Deadline for full papers: 6th November 2017
Notification of accepted papers:  8th February 2018
Deadline for full paper revisions:  6th March 2018 (using the template here)
Final acceptance of revised papers:  27th March 2018
Conference Dates: 25th-28th June 2018

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