As a researcher and an educator in the field of design I am interested in the skills and competencies of designers and the match between these and industry requirements. My current research explores changes associated with Globalisation and the impact of these changes on Design. This research has been used to develop the Global Studio. The aims of the Global Studio are linked with current and future industry needs associated with contemporary changes in the development of products and including the shift to the use of distributed teams in the product development process.
I am elected member of the Design Research Society (DRS) council and I am responsible for the Events Officer portfolio post. The Design Research Society is the multi-disciplinary learned society for the design research community worldwide.
I have been appointed as member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College. The Peer Review College plays a vital role in the AHRC’s peer review systems. Members provide expert quality reviews of funding proposals within their areas of expertise, which inform the AHRC’s decision making processes.
Further, I have been invited to be on steering committees and scientific review panels for international conferences organised by high profile international learned societies such as:
I have co-chaired the 2012 International Design Management Research Conference: Leading Innovation Through Design. This is one of the peak research conferences in the area of Design Management. The conference was organised by the Design Management Institute and it was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
I also co-chaired an international conference on Engineering and Product Design Education in participation with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIGN) of the Design Society, the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), in collaboration with the British-HCI Group and endorsed by the Design Research Society (DRS).