Who we are

initiate.collaborate is a joint venture between Good Health Design, the Lab4Living and the Centre for Person Centred Research. We are industry leading experts in transdisciplinary collaboration. After years of transdisciplinary research and often challenging collaboration we saw a need to create tools that bring all the tricky and sometimes uncomfortable elements of collaborating to the surface to help projects be more successful.

The result is a card game that is fun but also enables more responsive and responsible collaborations.

 
Steve is Associate Professor in Art and Design and director of Good Health Design, a collaborative design studio at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). As one of a multidisciplinary team, whose aim is to develop better health and wellbeing experiences, Steve's research focuses on how the design of products and services may have a positive impact on people's health and wellbeing. Good Health Design enables designers to engage with industry professionals as well as researchers from other disciplines, to share and test ideas and develop unique solutions.

Steve is Associate Professor in Art and Design and director of Good Health Design, a collaborative design studio at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). As one of a multidisciplinary team, whose aim is to develop better health and wellbeing experiences, Steve's research focuses on how the design of products and services may have a positive impact on people's health and wellbeing. Good Health Design enables designers to engage with industry professionals as well as researchers from other disciplines, to share and test ideas and develop unique solutions.

Steve Reay, PhD

Claire is Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health and Co-Director of Lab4Living, a transdisciplinary research cluster at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research focuses on the role of design and creative practice in promoting wellbeing and quality of life, particularly in the context of people experiencing major life transitions. Claire is an author of 8 books including,  Creativity and Communication ,  Meaningful Making: Journeying through Dementia , and  Exploring the Self through Photography  and has written widely about the value of creative practice and design and health.

Claire is Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health and Co-Director of Lab4Living, a transdisciplinary research cluster at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. Her research focuses on the role of design and creative practice in promoting wellbeing and quality of life, particularly in the context of people experiencing major life transitions. Claire is an author of 8 books including, Creativity and Communication, Meaningful Making: Journeying through Dementia, and Exploring the Self through Photography and has written widely about the value of creative practice and design and health.

Claire Craig, PhD

Nicola is Associate Professor in Rehabilitation and Director of the Centre for Person Centred Research (PCR) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Nicola’s research draws insights from the intersection between health psychology and rehabilitation. More broadly, it includes an interest in health service delivery and the organisational and professional structures, cultures, policies and practices that can make possible or constrain ways of working and impact our ability to deliver the best outcomes. This has led to some exciting collaborative opportunities with health, design and engineering colleagues which draw on person-centred, transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge mobilisation to increase the likelihood of uptake and impact.

Nicola is Associate Professor in Rehabilitation and Director of the Centre for Person Centred Research (PCR) at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Nicola’s research draws insights from the intersection between health psychology and rehabilitation. More broadly, it includes an interest in health service delivery and the organisational and professional structures, cultures, policies and practices that can make possible or constrain ways of working and impact our ability to deliver the best outcomes. This has led to some exciting collaborative opportunities with health, design and engineering colleagues which draw on person-centred, transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge mobilisation to increase the likelihood of uptake and impact.

Nicola Kayes, PhD

Ivana is a researcher at AUT’s Good Health Design. Her background is in Human Factors and Organisational Psychology. Her current research focuses on the potential of human-centred design to support and enhance health and wellbeing, including developing and applying creative and empathetic human-centred approaches and methodologies for researching complex experience problems and facilitating the sharing of knowledge between designers and non-designers.

Ivana is a researcher at AUT’s Good Health Design. Her background is in Human Factors and Organisational Psychology. Her current research focuses on the potential of human-centred design to support and enhance health and wellbeing, including developing and applying creative and empathetic human-centred approaches and methodologies for researching complex experience problems and facilitating the sharing of knowledge between designers and non-designers.

Ivana Nakarada-Kordic, PhD

 
Guy is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in sociology, comparative religion, and medical anthropology. He is completing his doctorate with AUT’s School of Art & Design, exploring the ways in which design (for health) may unwittingly contribute to the over-medicalisation of life in contemporary society—and how we might do things differently in the future. He currently works at Good Health Design at AUT.

Guy is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in sociology, comparative religion, and medical anthropology. He is completing his doctorate with AUT’s School of Art & Design, exploring the ways in which design (for health) may unwittingly contribute to the over-medicalisation of life in contemporary society—and how we might do things differently in the future. He currently works at Good Health Design at AUT.

Guy Collier, MA

Lauren Maree Stewart

Lauren Stewart, BDes

Reid is a product designer, who helped establish the Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab at Auckland City Hospital. At both DHW Lab and later at AUT’s Good Health Design, Reid’s interest was in exploring through research and teaching how design could be used to positively impact the experiences of end-users. He currently works as a teacher, with a focus on helping secondary school students develop their design skills and thinking.

Reid is a product designer, who helped establish the Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab at Auckland City Hospital. At both DHW Lab and later at AUT’s Good Health Design, Reid’s interest was in exploring through research and teaching how design could be used to positively impact the experiences of end-users. He currently works as a teacher, with a focus on helping secondary school students develop their design skills and thinking.

Reid Douglas, MDes

Cassie is a designer and researcher working at AUT’s Good Health Design and Waitematā DHB’s Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3). Her background is in communication design, specifically in branding and information visualisation. She has an interest in using co-design to improve communication in healthcare.

Cassie is a designer and researcher working at AUT’s Good Health Design and Waitematā DHB’s Institute for Innovation and Improvement (i3). Her background is in communication design, specifically in branding and information visualisation. She has an interest in using co-design to improve communication in healthcare.

Cassie Khoo, MDes

 
Helen is a researcher and designer working within Lab4Living, a transdisciplinary research cluster at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. As a designer, she has worked in the FMCG industry, design consultancy and design communications. Her current research centres on working with people to develop products, services and interventions that improve quality of life. She is particularly interested in developing creative research methods to enable conversations.

Helen is a researcher and designer working within Lab4Living, a transdisciplinary research cluster at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. As a designer, she has worked in the FMCG industry, design consultancy and design communications. Her current research centres on working with people to develop products, services and interventions that improve quality of life. She is particularly interested in developing creative research methods to enable conversations.

Helen Fisher, BA (Hons)

Mike is an industrial designer and researcher with Good Health Design at AUT University. He has a background in furniture design and significant experience with digital fabrication technologies.

Mike is an industrial designer and researcher with Good Health Design at AUT University. He has a background in furniture design and significant experience with digital fabrication technologies.

Mike Grobelny, MDes