Design Research Society Intl Conf (Jul 2012, Bangkok)

Location: Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)
Dates: 1 – 4 July 2012
Deadline for abstracts: 1 Sept 2011
On behalf of the Design Research Society (DRS), is organising the Design Research Society International Conference 2012 -DRS2012:Bangkok.  The conference will be held  at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

This conference is open to research that deals with any aspect and discipline of design. While DRS 2012:Bangkok does not have an exclusive theme, the committee welcomes papers that address notions of ‘Re:Search: uncertainty, contradiction and value’ in contemporary design research, education and/or practice. Issues that might be addressed include: creativity and the institutionalization of design methodologies; design science; design in the academy and the so-called creative economy or creative industry; sustainability versus commodification; criticality and culture; conflicting definitions of design and designer in the contemporary world; design and ethics; individuality, the disciplinary and social contexts; exchange value and surplus value; and absolute values versus relative values.These themes sit alongside the areas covered by the four DRS Special Interest Groups –  EKSiG (Special Interest Group on Experiential Knowledge); SIGWELL (Special Interest Group on Health and Wellbeing); SiGPED (Special Interest Group on Design Pedagogy); OPENSIG (Special Interest Group for Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks) which will be represented at the conference in distinct strands chaired by the SiG conveners.

Earlier DRS conferences were held in Montreal (2010), Sheffield (2008), Lisbon (2006), and Melbourne (2004).


The review process has two stages: extended abstracts and full papers

1 June 2011                 Abstract submission opens
1 September 2011      Deadline for abstracts 
1 October 2011            Abstracts accepted
1 December 2011       Deadline for full papers 
10 January 2011          Papers accepted/revised
7 February 2012         Deadline for full paper corrections 
30 March 2012            Deadline for author registration
1 July 2012                 Conference Opens


In the first instance, you are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 800 words that addresses any aspect of design research, education or practice. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of DRS review committee.Please indicate in your abstract if you consider that it relates to any of the Special Interest Groups.

Abstracts are required to be in English and clearly describe the context of your research, questions and hypotheses to be addressed, research methodology and findings and conclusions. Please include bibliographic references and indicate whether the intended paper or presentation is for completed research or work-in-progress. Images are not requested at this time. Detailed instructions on how to submit your abstract and a link to the electronic submission system will be available on the conference website on 1 May 2011 for your submission.

Full Papers

Authors of accepted abstracts will receive an invitation to submit full papers. Received papers will be double blind reviewed by members of the international scientific review panel, which includes the convenors of the Special Interest Groups. This invitation will be accompanied by reviewers’ remarks and suggestions. Full papers should be between 3000-5000 words. Papers are required to demonstrate originality.

This is a general design research conference and it is expected that a wide variety of work-in-progress or finalized projects will be reported. However, irrespective of the range and stage of your research, the organisers expect the highest standards of scholarship in terms of establishing context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers or practitioners.

Proceedings from the conference will be published digitally. Please see the conference website for detailed guidance about submitting a full paper.

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the DRS 2012 Bangkok. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and be followed by 10 minutes of questions and/or discussion.

Review group

The proceedings editors and our international review group are listed on our website.


We will use an electronic submission system ONLY. >From 1 June 2011 details can be found at



About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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