Interdisciplinary and Participatory Design in the Context of Healthy Schools: Interdisciplinary working in participation: a case study

By Wendy Mayfield and Katie Hill.

Published by The Design Collection

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One of the overarching conclusions of the DH/DfES Food in Schools program was the need for a ‘whole school’ approach (www.foodinschools.org) in order to facilitate healthy eating choices in UK school dining facilities. This is further reinforced by the participation theory literature and by examples in the media of recent pupil resistance to imposed change. For such an approach to be successful participation and interdisciplinary working is key. From our own involvement in the Food in Schools’ regional Dining Room Environment pilot project, we identified the potential for fruitful cross disciplinary working involving Health Promotion and Design experts and encountered some interesting issues that are raised by interdisciplinary working. This paper reflects on the necessity for interdisciplinary working in the context of a holistic approach to participatory design processes, and the issues that this raises in an academic context. It raises the questions of how this might model interdisciplinary and participatory relationships in practice and questions issues of longevity and transferability of the benefits seen in participatory design projects.

Keywords: Participatory design, Interdisciplinary collaboration, Health promotion and Design, Healthy Schools, Dining room environments

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.7-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 477.057KB).

Wendy Mayfield

Principal Lecturer, The Leeds School of Architecture, Landscape & Design, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Katie Hill

Research Student, The Leeds School of Architecture, Landscape & Design, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK


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