Dr Colin Macduff RMN; RGN; DipN; BA (Hons); MSc; PG Cert HELT; PhD

Job Title:

Senior Research Fellow, School of Design


School of Design






Dr Colin Macduff

Dr. Colin Macduff joined GSA School of Design as Senior Research Fellow in August 2016. A nurse and health services researcher by background, Colin has very extensive experience as principal investigator on national evaluation research projects involving both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Building from a longstanding interest in the application of the expressive arts within healthcare, in recent years Colin has worked closely with design and other disciplines to address the pressing challenge of healthcare associated infections (HAIs).

Between 2011-2013 Colin led the AHRC/SFC funded Visualising the Invisible (Visinvis: ) research study which explored healthcare workers perceptions of pathogens and the application of dynamic visualisation approaches to help prevent and control HAIs. Following on from this study and the successful partnership working with GSA, Colin contributed as a Co-I on the VisionOn ( project which established proof of concept for a tablet-based dynamic visualisation tool for use in staff training for the prevention of HAIs. In September 2016 Colin and Professor Alastair Macdonald led the launch of the AHRC funded HAIVAIRN project (Healthcare Associated Infection Visualisation and Ideation Research Network) which seeks to develop capacity in this important field.
Colin maintains close links with healthcare research, education and practice and is Visiting Reader at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen where he was formerly Head of Research and Scholarship in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. He has particular interest and expertise in cross-disciplinary working and has supervised four doctoral candidates to successful completion of studies.

Recent public output relating to HAI work
Macdonald, Alastair, Macduff, Colin, Loudon, David and Wan, Susan (2016) Establishing proof of concept for a tablet-based dynamic visualisation tool for use in staff training for the prevention of healthcare associated infections. Journal of Infection Prevention, 17 (1S). S17-S18. ISSN 1757-1774

Tsattalios, K; Macduff, C, Henderson, S and Laing, R (2016) Designing an integrative literature review of the theoretical basis of interventions against healthcare-associated infections. Abstract 4659. Journal of Infection Prevention 17 (1 S) 37-38

Macdonald, Alastair, Loudon, David, Wan, Susan and Macduff, Colin (2016) Disentangling complexity: a visualisation-led tool for healthcare associated infection training. In: DRS 2016: Design + Research + Society: Future-focussed Thinking, 27-30 Jun 2016, Brighton, UK.

Macdonald, Alastair, Macduff, Colin, Loudon, David and Wan, Susan (2016) Service ecology: design issues for hospital infection prevention and control training. In: ServDes 2016 Service Design Geographies, 24-26 May 2016, Copenhagen.

Loudon, David, Macdonald, Alastair / S and Macduff, Colin (2015) The design of a visual training tool for the prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections: using co-design to capture the training needs of doctors, nurses and cleaning staff. In: Third European Conference on Design4Health 2015, 13-16 July 2015, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.

Macdonald, Alastair S., Loudon, David and Macduff, Colin (2015) Vision On Case Study. In: The State of the Art of Design in Health: an expert-led review of the extent of the art of design theory and practice in health and social care. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, pp. 40-43. ISBN 978-84387-386-0

Macduff, C (2014) Evidence of things not seen? Some thoughts on envisaging and visualisation in healthcare research, with particular reference to health. Scottish Health Humanities Public Seminar, University of Edinburgh, 6th March 2014

Macduff, Colin, Wood, Fiona, Hackett, Charlie, McGhee, John, Loudon, David, Macdonald, Alastair, Dancer, Stephanie and Karcher, AnneMarie (2013) Visualizing the invisible: applying an arts-based methodology to explore how healthcare workers and patient representatives envisage pathogens in the context of healthcare associated infections. Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice 6(2), pp. 117-131.