I joined the Design Group at the Open University as a Senior Lecturer in 2008. Prior to this I had been a Senior Lecturer in Design at Loughborough University (2006-2008), a Research Associate and Lecturer at Cranfield University (2001-2006) and at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1998-2001) and a Research Associate at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University (1996-1998)
I am interested in the capacity of design to create sustainable futures. Design and design thinking have the potential to intervene in everyday practices through the actions of curious and creative learners, doers and thinkers. My research explores the scope and value of radical design and innovation in creating different journeys and destinations for sustainable living. It aims to understand the nature of design, education and leadership that is required to create these transformations.
My research interests include: design ecologies; sustainable design education and ecoliteracy; sustainable innovation; design and sufficiency; cyclical production and consumption; product, service systems; and design and democracy.
I have over 40 publications in the broad area of design for sustainability.
I welcome PhD applications in any of the above areas. I am particularly interested in research ideas that develop the ideas, theory and practice of design ecologies, design transition, design and sufficiency and ecoliteracy for sustainable innovation. Informtion about full-time and part-time funded Design Star applications can be found at Open University Design and at Design Star
I currently supervise four PhD students and have supervised three candidates to successful completion. I have examined 13 PhDs in the UK and abroad.
I am a member of the Peer Review Colleges for the AHRC and EPSRC and I regularly review papers for a number of key design journals. I am also the Membership Secretary and Council Member of the Design Research Society.
I was a member of the OU's REF 2014 panel for the Arts and Design submission (UoA34) responsible for reviewing papers and constructing REF narratives.
Funded Research Projects
Co-Investigator EPSRC/ESRC [EP/M017567/1] RECODE Network Project: Business as Unusual: Designing Products with Consumers in the Loop [April 2016]
Co-Investigator EPSRC [EP/J005657/1] SHOCK (NOT) HORROR: mediating radical transformations in infrastructure provision [2011-2014]
Principal investigator: EPSRC [EP/F013116/1] Exploring eco-literacy and its relevance in realizing far-reaching sustainable innovation [2007-2008]
Principal investigator: EPSRC [GR/S90645/01] Design Dialogues: An exploratory study of design narratives, methodologies and tools towards achieving Factor 10 outcomes [2005-2008].
I have focused on the area of Design for Sustainability in my teaching since completing my PhD in Ecodesign with the Open University in 1996. I have taught widely in this area including writing for, and directing two pioneering courses: the first BA Ecodesign in the UK (Goldsmiths College, University of London 1998-2001); and the first MSc in Design for Sustainability in the UK (Cranfield University, 2001-2006). My current teaching responsibilities include chairing the third level design module Innovation: designing for change (T317). I was part of the production team for this module and sole author of Block 2 and co-author of Block 5 (2011 – 2014). I am a member of the design qualification team (Q61) which looks across the spectrum of design teaching at the OU and at the strategic opportunities to develop undergraduate and postgraduate design curriculum. I was also part of the module production team of the award winning first level design module Design Thinking (U101) and subsequently chaired early presentations of this module. I have been a member of the exam boards for U101, The Engineering Project T450, and I currently chair the exam board of T317.
In terms of post-graduate training I lead the OU contribution to the AHRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), Design Star [www.designstar.org.uk]. This CDT is led by The University of Reading University and includes Goldsmiths University of London, Loughborough University and Brighton University as its other consortium institutions.
I have been the external examiner for the MSc in Energy and Industrial Sustainability at DMU, Leicester, the MA Sustainable Design at Brighton University and the MA Design Futures and Metadesign at Goldsmiths university of London.
I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2002.
|Design Group: Design Innovation||Group||Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology|
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Lead||01/Apr/2016||31/Dec/2016||EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council|
This project seeks to address the key research question: How should we engage users in New Product Development in future re-distributed models of sustainable production and consumption? This will involve mapping the challenges and opportunities for user engaged design and manufacture, and investigating their application in order to bridge the gap between users, companies and the products they produce. In addition, it will seek to understand how the promotion of resource efficient product lifecycles can be incorporated within future, more localised and responsive structures of manufacturing and product adaptation. In this project we will explore the people-product interactions across the entire lifecycle of a product from front end NPD through to products’ repair and afterlife. We will achieve that through addressing both fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and consumer durable products, such as large and small household appliances, and will involve representative industrial partners from those sectors with whom the applicants have a working relationship.