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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Responsible Innovation

For a Special Issue on
Codesign and creative innovation for healthy ageing

Abstract deadline
01 December 2022

Manuscript deadline
27 March 2023

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes, School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth
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Dr Ione Avila-Palencia, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast
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Dr Swen Gaudl, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Plymouth
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Dr Andrew Fletcher, Global Health & Social Medicine, King’s College London
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Dr John Ritchie, Communications, Media and Culture, University of Stirling
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Codesign and creative innovation for healthy ageing


This special issue of the Journal of Responsible Innovation focuses on codesign and creative innovation for ageing. The special issue stems from the work carried out by multidisciplinary projects funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Social, Behavioural and Design Research Programme (SBDRP), part of the Healthy Ageing Challenge. We do invite contributions from across SBDRP, as well as other related research programmes, projects and teams across the UK and abroad.

Social innovation is a contested research territory with multiple stakeholders and a wide conceptual scope, often framed within technology development initiatives with varying degrees of effectiveness. Social innovation for ageing is however a more targeted space, shaped by unique interplays of challenges faced by ageing users and communities reflected on emerging areas of research such as senior entrepreneurship, longevity economics, and socio-material gerontology - all relevant to better understand the social relations, models and systems involved in social innovation. Other emerging areas of research in social responsible innovation in health and more specifically in ageing include competing conceptions of age and demographic transitions, ageing in place, age-diverse and intergenerational approaches, and the identification of challenges of ageing users ‘going online’. These areas suggest a shift away from technological discourse, and into more emphatic environments and processes acknowledging the social needs, demographic diversities, and empowerment opportunities for ageing users and communities. Aligned with this trend, we align with the view presented by Weaver et al (2017), advocating for social responsible innovation as a more relational and socially grounded process responding to 'intrinsic needs people have (...); perceived failings of mainstream systems or gaps in mainstream provision; and, change in the wider socio-material context that present problems or opportunities'.

Whereas creativity in later life has been more extensively studied, its benefits are presented as an opportunity for wellbeing, cognitive health and overall fulfilment (for instance through enhanced sense of empowerment, an improvement of social relationships, or an increased sense of accomplishment). Evidence on the impact of the creativity of ageing users and communities and their participation on the delivery of social innovation is, however, more limited. Often the subjects of “user evaluations” or “focus groups”, recent methodological advances such as senior living labs and placemaking strategies  devolve creative, design and technical agency to ageing users and communities, shifting into new innovation power dynamics, products, and design processes, grounded in the communities they expected to impact. Focusing on these shifting spaces, we expect submissions exploring social, political, cultural, economic and technological innovation dynamics with ageing users and communities, actively engaging, impacting and stimulating participation following principles of responsible innovation. Some of the questions we expect to explore include:

  • How codesign and creative responsible innovation with ageing users and communities support innovation development and translation into new, emerging innovation practices?
  • How ageing users can provide new and unique insights into the codesign, prototyping, commercialisation and adoption of social and responsible innovation?
  • How can ageing users and communities codesign and mobilise social innovation creating new research evidence that is more relevant and actionable for decision makers?
  • How can ageing users and communities creatively deliver impactful social and responsible innovations addressing technological inequalities and social exclusion patterns prevalent among ageing groups of the population?


We call for papers that advance codesign and creative innovation following principles of responsible innovation. This can include reports on methodologies, technologies and approaches to collective co-creation with ageing and age-diverse communities such as participatory design (PD), co-design, critical making, media design (including digital, visual, multimodal media) and digital/physical prototyping. Submissions can include but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual/theoretical contributions (re)defining and (re)contextualising codesign and creative approaches to social and responsible innovation for ageing, including radical discipline-bridging studies exploring the intersections between social, behavioural and design research.
  • Case studies: contexts and challenges of codesign and creative innovation for healthy ageing in sectors such as spatial and architectural design, urban design, music and sound, visual media and film, product and industrial design, artistic practice, and games design.
  • Boundary studies: studies exploring the disciplinary boundaries and cross-disciplinary opportunities for creative, social and responsible innovation for healthy ageing, including emerging codesign research in areas such as social robotics, humanistic human-computer interaction, immersive and sonic media, artificial and machine intelligence, design automation, fintech for ageing, among others.
  • Creative methodologies including technology development and the development of codesign interventions, policies and pedagogies to facilitate codesign and creative responsible innovation for healthy ageing in areas such as digital design, data, service design, virtual and extended reality design, and smart cities.
  • Ethics for responsible innovation: Submissions focused on the ethics of cocreation, power dynamics in responsible innovation, and agency in codesign for healthy ageing from a responsible innovation perspective.
  • Speculative submissions on new and future media, speculative design scenarios, future scanning, future policy, and post-human narratives on the future of codesign and creative responsible innovation for healthy ageing.
  • Perspectives: discussion submissions, framing and provoking new research directions around codesign and creative responsible innovation for healthy ageing.

To download a PDF version of this Call for Papers, please follow this link.

Submission Instructions


We expect to align with the types of submission accepted by the Journal of Responsible Innovation:

  • Research articles of 6,000 to 10,000 words in length, inclusive of notes and references, that communicate original theoretical or empirical investigations.
  • Perspectives of approximately 2,000 words in length that communicate opinions, summaries, or reviews of timely issues, publications, cultural or social events, or other activities.
  • Pedagogy, communicating in appropriate length experience in or studies of teaching, training, and learning related to responsible innovation in formal (e.g., classroom) and informal (e.g., museum) environments.

Please keep in mind to select this Special Issue ("Codesign and creative innovation for healthy ageing") when submitting your paper to ScholarOne.

Abstract submission

Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words (excluding references) until the 1st December 2022. Abstracts should clearly articulate the research problem, question, methods, and contributions. If needed (for instance, for case study or speculative research submissions), please include a graphical abstract. You can alternatively submit a paper without a prior abstract submission. To submit an abstract and for further information, please send an email to Dr Alejandro Veliz Reyes (guest editor). We will aim to submit feedback on the abstracts before 16th December 2022.

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