DACRC is informed by and aligned with an awareness that disruption of crime and radical creative change often emerge as a result of the inclusion of diverse voices. Our team adopt a user, misuser and abuser driven innovation approach that includes diverse communities in the co-creation process, including government departments, businesses, local communities, prisoners and returning citizens. This approach has generated a strong socially responsive design methodology (Gamman & Thorpe 2006; 2011; 2016 and 2018) as well as co-created design benchmarks, crime prevention strategies and crime diversion projects.

Grey wall with white text that reads Cell Furniture. To the right is a line drawing of a chair in a square box with triangular roof2018 - 2020 ︎︎︎ Cell Furniture

2018 - 2019
︎︎︎ Bloqs

Birds eye view of a tarpaulin laptop bag with a light blue printed grid design on it. The bag is half open to show vegetables protruding out2015 - 2018 ︎︎︎ Makeright
People sat on low oval shaped bench2015 - 2017 ︎︎︎ Green Oslo

Window gallery showing square icons of graffiti images with text underneath2014 - 2016 ︎︎︎ Graffolution
Girl running in front of yellow wall with graffitied stick figures
︎︎︎ Graffiti Dialogues
Floor mat with red and yellow flowers on a blue background below an ATM machine2010 - 2011
︎︎︎ ATM Crime
Page showing images and text within boxed, arrows pointing in different directions towards the boxes
︎︎︎ Business Crime

Close up of bronze metal D shaped closed hook2004 - 2009 ︎︎︎ Grippa
White bike locked against a butterfly shaped black metal stand2004 - 2006
︎︎︎ Bikeoff
Folded white bike2005
︎︎︎ Puma Bike
Woman wearing a crossbody bag and person pulling it away from her2002 - 2004
︎︎︎ Karrysafe

Hand reaching into clear bag to grab a mobile phone2000
︎︎︎ In the Bag


Our design research through the Public Collaboration Lab (PCL) started as an 18-month AHRC-funded research partnership between the London Borough of Camden and University of the Arts London and has gone on to develop a ‘living lab’ approach to social innovation.

Its research-led collaborative design practice explores the potential value of strategic collaboration between local government and design education, generating a suite of projects where student engagement with the local community through collaborative design, including some funded engagements, has produced numerous outputs.

Wooden shelving unit with three shelves and an X shaped back ︎︎︎ Overcrowded Living
Images of chairs and circular object layered over each other
︎︎︎ Youth Hubs
Two men stood in conversation, to the left of them is a wall of images and behind them is a green tent like structure
︎︎︎ Let’s Sort it Out
Four people sat round table. Two laptops are on the table
︎︎︎ Reimagining Planning

Living room with lots of papers on a table in the foreground and an armchair, a TV and a full bookshelf at the back of the room
︎︎︎ Home Library Service
Red background with white text reading Future Libraries Bureau and a line drawing of a magnifying glass
︎︎︎ Future Libraries

Woman bent down with hand touching soil in raised bed of plants
︎︎︎ Green Camden

Man standing next to a market stall containing fruit and vegetables
︎︎︎ Chalton Street Market


Emerging from the Crime and Justice research strand, a Public Space focus is linked to the recognition that more pro-social public spaces are required to assist in the reduction of crime.

Below are the research funded projects that have emerged as a result:

White wall with black graffiti artwork of a swan in flight and three children sat on the neck and body of the swan2018 - 2019 ︎︎︎ MyMural
Graffiti artwork on a brick wall of a beige face with white hollow eyes projecting a white beam. Behind the face are stripes of green,yellow, blue and purple
2015 | 2018

︎︎︎ Market Road Gallery
Two men stood in conversation, to the left of them is a wall of images and behind them is a green tent like structure2011
︎︎︎ White Sound
Two men stood in conversation, to the left of them is a wall of images and behind them is a green tent like structure2011
︎︎︎ White Sound

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Development Manager
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