About this event

  • Date and time Wed 5 Dec 2018 from 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Global Health

Join us as we think together on the contribution of design methodology to global health challenges.

'Thinking with Design for Global Health’ brings together designers, global health professionals and academics to ask how design can contribute to creative problem-solving in global health.

It considers:

  • Design processes – what can we learn from the way that designers approach problems and communicate outcomes
  • Design outcomes – can inclusive design solve global social challenges?
  • Inspiring designs in global health – learning from case studies

We bring together designers, academics and global health practitioners to offer practical examples, inspiring case studies and critical review of the contribution of design thinking to global health.

This event is suitable for academics, practitioners, designers and improvers who are interested in health and social care services that are built around the people who will use them.


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Registration, tea and coffee

Introducing design for global health: ideas and inspiration

Dr Paula Baraitser, Senior Lecturer, King's College London, Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow and Clinical Director, SH:24

Design processes: How do designers approach difficult problems and what can we learn?

Mr Mat Hunter, Managing Director, Central Research Laboratory

Transforming access to diarrhoea treatment with design thinking

Mr Simon Berry, CEO, ColaLife

Tea and coffee break

Transferring designs across populations and contexts

Dr Gillian Holdsworth, Managing Director, SH:24

Human-centered design to solve global social and health challenges – designing for specific populations and contexts

Dr Jak Spencer, Research Fellow Social and Global, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art and Mr Jonathan West, Reader in Healthcare Design, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art

Human-centered design for scale in the private sector – designing across populations and contexts

Mr Remko Vermeulen, Vice President of Product Design, Telefonica Alpha

Research into design/research out of design – is human-centered design generalisable?

Dr Paula Baraitser


Research/Design relationships

Dr Paula Baraitser

Ethnography in action

Ms Oonagh Comerford and Mrs Mollie Courtney, Service Designers, SH:24

Human-centered design/patient experience research – similarities and differences and what can we learn from the interfaces?

Professor Annette Boaz, Professor in Health Care Research, St George’s University of London and Kingston University

Using design to improve mental health care

Dr Tatiana Salisbury, Lecturer in Global Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

Close of meeting



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom