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Engineering Design Centre


Senior Research Associate

Research groups: Healthcare Systems Design, Inclusive Design
Telephone: +44 1223 764102
Email: imh29 @



  • B.Sc., Physics, University of Essex, 1989
  • Ph.D. Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2021

Ian joined the Engineering Design Centre at the University of Cambridge in 2009 as a Senior Research Associate after 20 years of working in industry. His current focus is on the application of design in healthcare and design education for 11-18 year olds.

He is the co-founder and co-leader of Designing Our Tomorrow (DOT) which is a collaboration with the Faculty of Education. DOT develops teaching resources for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). These equip students with the “thinking tools” to creatively solve real-world problems with technology.

He is a director of Cambridge Clinical Management Analytics (CCMA) that develops software that helps predict and manage crowding in hospital emergency departments.

Ian managed an EPSRC-NIHR funded network called PRIDE (Promoting Real Independence through Design Expertise) which has developed new tools for healthcare design. These have been applied to a range of projects covering new medical device development and service improvement.

He is part of a collaborative project with Marie Curie Care and Sheffield Hallam University to develop a toolkit to enable the design of palliative care services.

He sits on the British Standards Institute Committee (DES/001) that is providing input to the new European ‘Design for All’ standard.

Selected Publications

HOSKING I.M., CLARKSON P.J., Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Understanding User Interface Visibility. In: Universal Access in Human–Computer Interaction. Human and Technological Environments. UAHCI 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10279. Springer, 2017

HOSKING, I., BOYLE, A., AHMED, V., CLARKSON, J., What do emergency physicians in charge do? A qualitative observational study, Emergency Medicine Journal, 2017.

HOSKING, I., CORNISH, K., BRADLEY, M., CLARKSON, P.J., Empathic engineering: helping deliver dignity through design, Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology. 39, 388–394, 2015.

WALLER, S., BRADLEY, M., HOSKING, I. and CLARKSON, P.J., Making the case for inclusive design, Applied Ergonomics, 2013.

NICHOLL, B., FLUTTER, J.A.E., HOSKING, I.M. and CLARKSON, P.J., Transforming practice in design and technology: Evidence from a classroom-based research study of students' responses to an intervention on inclusive design, The Curriculum Journal, 1-17, 2013.

BRADLEY, M.D., WALLER, S.D., GOODMAN-DEANE, J., HOSKING, I., TENNETI, R., LANGDON, P.M. and CLARKSON, P.J., A population perspective on mobile phone related tasks Designing Inclusive Systems: Designing Inclusion for Real-World Applications, Springer London, 2012.

NICHOLL, B., HOSKING, I.M., ELTON, E.M., LEE, Y., BELL, J. and CLARKSON, P.J., Inclusive design in the Key Stage 3 classroom: An investigation of teachers' understanding and implementation of user-centred design principles in design and technology, International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 2012.

WOLLNER, P.K.A., GOLDHABER, T.S., RUGGERI, K., HOSKING, I.M., and CLARKSON, P.J., Inclusively Designing Effective Healthcare ICT for Dementia Screening, In Proc. UD2012, Fukuoka, Japan, 2012.

WOLLNER, P.K.A., GOLDHABER, T., MIECZAKOWSKI, A., LANGDON, P.M., HOSKING, I.M. and CLARKSON, P.J., Evaluation of setup procedures on mobile devices based on users' initial experience, NordDesign 2012, Aalborg, Denmark.

HOSKING, I.M., WALLER, S.D. and CLARKSON, P.J., It is normal to be different: Applying inclusive design in industry, Interacting with Computers, 22 (6), 496-501, 2010.

LANGDON, P.M. and HOSKING, I.M., Inclusive wireless technology for emergency communications in the UK, International Journal of Emergency Management, 7 (1), 47-58, 2010.

HOSKING, I.M., Universal Design: from Awareness to Action, The Journal, Summer 2010, AARP International.

TAYLOR, M., HOSKING, I.M. and BRAZIER, D., Designing Effective User Interfaces for WAP Services (Chapter 3), in Understanding WAP: Wireless Applications, Devices, and Services. Van Der Heijden, M., Taylor, M. (Eds.). Artech House, Inc., Norwood, MA, USA, 2000.

HOSKING, I.M., Human Factors Engineering - Man & Machine in Perfect Harmony?, in proc. of 8th International Conference on Systems Engineering, 1991.

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