DESIS Ireland is a design research lab that explores the intersections and relationships between design, social change and social innovation. The DESIS Ireland Lab is part of the global DESIS network but with a focus on themes that are most relevant to Ireland. These include the emerging practices of design for social innovation, co­design, strategic and service design, public service innovation and sustainable behaviour change.

Design Factors at the University of Limerick colaborates with colleagues in NCAD (National College of Art and Design) and DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) to manage the activities of the DESIS Ireland Lab.

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Design Practice & Education

We are actively engaged in research for design education, continuing professional development and design practice.

Design for Health

Our user-centered work in health and wellness focuses on humanising technology that benefits both patients and clinicians.

Design for Sustainability & Society

Our research projects take a design led approach to framing and tackling societal, environmental and consumption issues.

Human Factors in industry

Our research on work related musculoskeletal disorders examines occupational health and industrial ergonomics.