I’m based in the Politics, Philosophy and Religion Department at Lancaster University, where I teach and research in political theory, moral philosophy and applied ethics. As well as my more philosophical interests, I’ve been involved in two research projects on childhood obesity, including a community-level intervention in eight European countries (www.ideficsstudy.eu, www.ifamilystudy.eu).
I see Leapfrog as a great chance to learn more about the ethics and politics of collaborative community-level design — for example:
- When and in what ways can “co-design” empower people and enrich the democratic process?
- Might co-design have costs and risks, or fail to work in some circumstances?
- Are there ways to learn the answers to these questions at the same time as people engage in these collaborations? More generally, how can find out whether co-design works as well as we might hope?