Call for Papers

Design Research Society 2012 | DRS 2012 Bangkok
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
1-4 July 2012

Extended deadline for full papers: 12.00 noon GMT, 10 January 2012

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The Design Research Society 2012 International Conference (DRS 2012 Bangkok) is pleased to invite proposals for research presentations in Thailand. This conference is open to research that deals with any aspect and discipline of design.

While DRS 2012 Bangkok does not have an exclusive theme, the committee welcomes papers that address notions of Re:Search: uncertainty, contradiction and value in contemporary design research, education and/or practice. Issues that might be addressed include: creativity and the institutionalization of design methodologies; design science; design in the academy and the so-called creative economy or creative industry; sustainability versus commodification; criticality and culture; conflicting definitions of design and designer in the contemporary world; design and ethics; individuality, the disciplinary and social contexts; exchange value and surplus value; and absolute values versus relative values.


The review process has two stages: extended abstracts and full papers:
1 April 2011 Call for papers
1 June 2011 Abstract submission opens
9 September 2011 Extented deadline for abstracts
1 October 2011 Abstracts accepted
10 January 2012 Extended deadline for full papers
15 February 2012 Papers accepted/revised
15 March 2012 Deadline for full paper corrections
30 March 2012 Deadline for author registration
1 July 2012 Conference Opens


In the first instance, you are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 800 words that addresses any aspect of design research, education or practice. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by members of DRS review committee.

Abstracts are required to be in English and clearly describe the context of your research, questions and hypotheses to be addressed, research methodology and findings and conclusions. Please include bibliographic references and indicate whether the intended paper or presentation is for completed research or work-in-progress. Images are not requested at this time. Detailed instructions on how to submit your abstract and a link to the electronic submission system will be available on the conference website on 1 May 2011 for your submission.


Further to peer-reviewing, the authors of accepted abstracts will receive an invitation to submit their paper. This invitation will be accompanied by reviewers’ remarks and suggestions. Full papers should be between 3000-5000 words. Papers are required to demonstrate originality.

This is a general design research conference and it is expected that a wide variety of work-in-progress or finalized projects will be reported. However, irrespective of the range and stage of your research, the organisers expect the highest standards of scholarship in terms of establishing context, explicating the methods of inquiry, and reporting results that may aid other researchers or practitioners.

Proceedings from the conference will be published digitally. Please see the conference website for detailed guidance about submitting a full paper.

Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the DRS 2012 Bangkok. Each presentation will last 20 minutes and be followed by 10 minutes of questions and/or discussion.

Please be kindly noted that one can submit only one paper in the conference as main author. In the case of several papers submitted by a group of co-authors, a different "primary author" must register for each paper

Review group

The proceedings editors and our international review group are listed on our website.


We will use an electronic submission system. From 1 April 2011 details can be found at

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Welcome to DRS 2012