The Design Research Society and Emerging Themes in Design Research


  • *The author would like to thank the DRS, the organizing committees and contributors for the biennial conferences, and Cheryl Kirk for proofreading.

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This paper outlines the role of the Design Research Society (DRS) and explores some of the emerging trends in design research as a field of academic inquiry through its biennial conferences. In doing so it gives some insight into the areas of research which might inform future studies from a perspective of an organization that seeks to support the peer review process both directly and indirectly through conferences and events, journal editing, and as a nominating body for national and international research evaluation panels.