Bioinclusive Collaborative and Participatory Design: A Conceptual Framework and a Research Agenda

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Addressing the current unsustainability of socio-ecological-technological systems is urgently required. Unsustainability has been associated with the anthropocentric cultures of human societies that focus on their own needs while ignoring and belittling the needs of other species and natural systems. Design, including collaborative and participatory design (C&PD), is one of the multiple ways through which humans build solutions to satisfy their needs and wants in an anthropocentric manner. Through an integrative literature review of C&PD and a bioinclusive ethic (one of the non-anthropocentric frameworks in environmental ethics), this paper - a revised and expanded version of a conference paper previously published in Design Journal (2019) - develops a conceptual framework for bioinclusive C&PD rooted in a non-anthropocentric values base. It outlines twelve key principles for bioinclusive C&PD and proposes six avenues for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-183
Number of pages35
JournalDesign and Culture
Issue number2
Early online date20 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • collaborative design
  • participatory design
  • environmental ethics
  • design for sustainability
  • non-anthropocentric design
  • bioinclusive design


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