Research Network Participants

Network Participants: more biographies coming soon…

Dr James Moultrie, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

Dr James Moultrie is a Senior Lecturer in Design Management and his research focuses on the management of New Product Development (NPD) and the integration of design and technology. As a former manager of NPD projects, James is interested in new ways of managing NPD that address the inherent weaknesses of linear stage-gate type systems. James has a background in both industrial and engineering design, and this informs his interests in exploring the interface between the technical/functional and experiential (social, emotional) aspects of design.


Mr Luke Wilson, Mayborn Baby and Child, Cramlington, UK

After graduating from Northumbria University’s Design for Industry degree program, I was appointed the position of Jr. Industrial Designer at Mayborn Baby and Child. As a designer I am driven to make honest products, that solve problems, thriving on innovation and endeavoring for simplicity. The role of materials and processes within design is one area that I find particularly important and interesting. Looking forward to my future as a designer, I am fascinated to see how design tools develop and what difference this makes in the way ideas are conceived and developed into tangible products.


Mr Ian Thompson, Kohler, Cheltenham, UK

The DNA of my work is research led, user centred design. I translate elements of theory and practice into solutions that ensure sensory experiences beyond the reach of form-focused industrial design. I extend product scope to include interaction, experience and service innovation to build formidable relationships between users and products. Currently working with the global bathroom giant, Kohler Company, Kitchen and Bath Group my role is to help determine what it UK brands should make and do, why do it and how to innovate contextually, both immediately and over the long term. My process involves the interplay between consumer, design and business strategy, forming a systematic approach integrating holistic-thinking and research methods to inform business strategy and strategic planning which provides the context for design. Looking forward to delving in to how technology can help us work better and seamlessly connected globally.


Dr Nusa Fain+, City University / Howden Ltd, Glasgow, UK

Dr. Nusa Fain is currently appointed as a Howden Industrial Fellow at City University London, School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Through her PhD research at University of Ljubljana she has accumulated extensive scientific knowledge and practical experience in market research and analysis, statistical data analysis, development of marketing campaigns and strategies as well as interdisciplinary integration of functions within a company. In addition to her interest in R&D-marketing interfaces, she has been involved in coordinating and coaching student teams of the international design course EGPR. Through that she has been extensively involved in teaching the principles of NPD processes, developing her independent thinking and leadership skills along the course of the EGPR. She has presented several of her findings in journal papers and at conferences.


Professor Linda Drew, Glasgow School of Arts, Glasgow, UK

Deputy Director and Director of Academic Development at the Glasgow School of Art since August 2011. Linda was formerly the Dean of the Graduate School for Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon at the University of the Arts London. Linda first joined the University of the Arts as Chelsea College’s Dean of Academic Development in 2003, before that she was Co-Director of the Art, Design and Communication subject centre based at the University of Brighton. She is editor of the best selling peer-reviewed journal Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education published by Intellect books. She is passionate about design learning and shoes.


Dr Hillary Grierson, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK

Dr Hilary Grierson teaches Product Design Engineering at the Department of Design Manufacture and Engineering Management at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. As Director of UG Individual Projects she has responsibility for 4th and 5th year final individual student product design projects. She focuses on Global Design Education and Distributed Working and worked on the DIDET Project with colleagues from Stanford University. Her PhD investigated distributed design information management for global collaborations and she has published in over 40 journal and conference papers. Hilary is currently PI on an EPSRC grant investigating the visualisation and handling of large secure data sets.


Jason Hird, ICDancing, UK

Creative producer, director, performer, writer, and designer. Creating a wide-range of small to large scale performance work, education projects, site-specific projects, touring work, community projects, launch events, seminars, international networking and workshops.


Dr Leon Cruickshank*+, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Leon’s core interests relate to how technology can enable new relationships between users and designers and through this allow users to become more active in shaping our society, environment and media. This requires a radical change in the way we think about designers and designing. This has led to the emergence of designing knowledge exchange as a research area. He is currently involved in 6 funded projects in this area. He is Director of Knowledge Exchange for the £4 million AHRC Creative Knowledge Exchange Hub and UK lead for the €4 million PROUD project looking at knowledge exchange through co-design.


Dr Hua Dong, Brunel University, London, UK

Dr Hua Dong is a senior lecturer at the School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University. As a council member of the Design Research Society, she coordinates the Inclusive Design Research Special Interest Group. Hua has a passion for teaching design process and researching through collaboration with industry, users, and different disciplines. She has published 80+ papers; led/participated in a variety of design research projects.  She is a founding member of the Human-Centred Design Institute and the Design Director of the Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies. Hua obtains her BEng (industrial design) and MA degrees from Tongji University where she is now a Professor by Special Appointment, and her PhD degree from University of Cambridge. Web link:


Mr Ré Dubhthaigh, Radarstation, London, UK

Ré Dubhthaigh is an independent consultant who helps frame complexity and delivers practical routes to success, using design. Ré works directly with frontline teams in the difficult task of designing, managing and delivering complex services and systems.A graduate of the Royal College of Art, London, Ré has been lead consultant on projects for clients including the BBC, Sony, Lego, Hasbro, Elsevier and ReSound. He has been a researcher at the Royal College of Art, where he gained his MA in Interaction Design, and lectures and teaches at design schools across Europe including the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea and Designskolen Kolding. Ré is a Design Associate for the UK Design Council’s Public Services by Design Programme, working with the public sector to reshape service delivery. He was also appointed a Senior Producer to Dott Cornwall, an innovative programme using design to tackle social and economic challenges alongside local communities, and was an advisory panel member for Pivot, Dublin’s World Design Capital bid. Ré is also active in supporting social enterprise and community initiatives as founding partner at The Civic Works.

Professor Ahmed Kovacevic*+, City University, London, UK

Professor Ahmed Kovacevic holds the Chair in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, at School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at City University London. He is actively researching in numerical modelling, analysis and design of positive displacement machines. Among many projects he has established and is leading Research and Development activities of Howden Compressors Ltd (HCL), a major UK compressor manufacturer. During last three years he established R&D department in HCL, where his contribution allowed doubling the revenue of the company. His main educational interest is design excellence of engineering students. He also chairs the EGPR educational program carried out by SEMS through an Academic network with University of Ljubljana Slovenia, University of Zagreb Croatia, EPFL Switzerland and Technical University of Budapest, Hungary. Professor Kovacevic authored or co-authored 4 books, several papers, he holds rights to several patents in the area of positive displacement machines, and has received 7 awards for best papers.


Dr Erik Bohemia*+, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Erik is a Senior Lecturer in Industrial/Product Design at Design School in Loughborough University. Prior to this appointment I was a Reader at the School of Design, Northumbria University, and prior to that appointment I worked at the University of Western Sydney, Australia as Associate Head of School.

His current research explores changes associated with Globalisation and the impact of these changes on Design. This research has been used to develop an innovative international collaboration named the Global Studio.


Professor Mark Blythe*, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Mark is a design ethnographer working in the field of Human Computer Interaction. His research interests include the ageing population, looming ecological catastrophe and the messed up world we’re in. Recent projects include collaborations with Goldsmiths’ Interaction Research Studio which were based at a residential care home and a nunnery.  He is currently working on a project on banking for the older old. His other work draws on critical theory and YouTube to consider the impacts of new and emerging technologies. For more information about Mark, his research interests and who he works with you can visit his personal website.


Professor Ian Gwilt, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Dr Ian Gwilt is a Professor of Design and Visual Communication at Sheffield Hallam University.  He holds an MA in Interactive Multimedia, conferred by the University of Balears (UIB) in Spain, and the Royal College of Art (RCA) London and a PhD from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales. In the last 16 years he has shown interactive installations and digital work at a number of international new media events, galleries and exhibitions. His current practice/research is concerned with 4 themes: augmented reality and locative media; the graphical user interface as creative/cultural artifact; exploring new contexts for information design and post-consumption visual communication, and the creative exploration of 3D printing and fabrication technologies.


Mr Gavin Proctor, Philips Design, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Gavin Proctor is Design Director of Front End Innovation working for the sector Consumer Lifestyle at Philips in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. His responsibilities involve the definition of Innovation Challenges aligned to Company strategy and the subsequent steering and direction of a global program of innovation projects conducted collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams including scientists, engineers, human scientists, designers and marketing experts. Gavin practices a consumer centric design approach aimed at ensuring that innovations are differentiated and meaningful for people, for customers, for users. He sees his role as helping to shape technology through a process of deep understanding, exploration and experimentation.


Mr Peter Troxler, Square One, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Peter Troxler is an independent researcher at the intersection of business administration, society and technology. His interest and expertise are; in the overall architecture and design of the social, technological and commercial aspects of enterprises, in the application of technologies (particularly Internet and Web 2.0 technology) in organisation design, and in the development of lateral, heterarchical and community-based organisations. Peter holds a Dr. sc. techn. in Industrial Management (PhD), working at the interface of industrial psychology and management science, and a MSc in Operations Management from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He has ben working as a consultant with a variety of customers from industry, non-profit organisations, charities and the public sector; he has worked as senior project manager and producer in media and arts organisations; and he has held technology transfer positions in a Swiss government programme and at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.


Dr Andy Polaine, Hochschule Luzern, Luzern, Switzerland

Dr. Andy Polaine has been involved in interaction design since the early 90s and was co-founder of the award-winning new media group, Antirom, in London. He was a creative producer at Razorfish, UK and later Interactive Director at Animal Logic, Sydney. He was Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Media Arts at The University of New South Wales, Sydney before moving to Germany. He holds a PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney in which he examined the relationship between play and interactivity. Andy is now a Lecturer and Researcher in Service Design at the Lucerne School of Art and Design in Switzerland. Alongside his academic work Andy continues to work as a service and interaction design consultant, researcher and writer. He has written over 160 articles and papers and co-authored the forthcoming book, Service Design: Designing Useful, Usable And Desirable Services. His personal site is Playpen ( and can be found on Twitter as @apolaine.


Mr Hwang Sung-Gul, Motorola, Seoul, Korea

Creative Director, Motorola Korea, Seoul CXD




Professor Makoto Watanabe, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan

Makoto Watanabe is a Professor of Design Science Course, Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Japan. He is a program manager of Service & Product Design Program and Global Asia Design School Program. He is a former designer at Seiko, Japan. He received his Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng) from Chiba University, Japan. His current research focus is a Service & Product Design mainly focusing on public service systems. His major field of publications are mainly on Industrial Design, Design Management and Design Expert Systems. E-mail:, SPD Program:, GADSP:


Professor Amaresh Chakrabarti, Indian Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India

Dr AMARESH CHAKRABARTI is a professor at the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing (CPDM), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Dr Chakrabarti has a BE in Mechanical Engineering from University of Calcutta, ME in Mechanical Systems Design from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a PhD in Engineering Design from University of Cambridge UK. His synthesis software FuncSION won the commendation award at the ‘Design Application of the Year’ category of the 1994 UK Morgans-Grampian Manufacturing Industry Achievements Award Competition. After completing his PhD, Dr Chakrabarti led for ten years the design synthesis team at the Engineering Design Centre (EDC) – an EPSRC Centre for Excellence in Engineering Design Research at the Department of Engineering of University of Cambridge, before joining IISc. Prof. Chakrabarti founded IDeASLab – the first laboratory in India for research into design creativity, sustainability and product innovation. Professor Chakrabarti is a Member of the CII National Committee on Design, India. He is an Area Editor for Research in Engineering Design Journal (Springer), Regional Editor Asia for the Journal of Remanufacturing (Springer), Associate Editor for AI in EDAM Journal (Cambridge University Press), and Advisory Editor for seven other international journals including Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy (Springer), Journal of Creativity and Innovation (Taylor & Francis), and the Journal of Engineering Design (Taylor & Francis). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Design Society, UK, Co-Chair for its Special Interest Group (SIG) on Design Creativity, and a Member of the Advisory Committee for its SIG on Computational Design Synthesis.


Mr Itamar Medeiros, Autodesk, Shanghai, China

Itamar Medeiros, from Brazil, currently lives in Shanghai (China), where he works as Senior User Experience Designer at the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Group of Autodesk® — and helps promote Interaction Design as a local coordinator for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). As an Information Design specialist, Itamar has served as board member of the Brazilian Society of Information Design, and held several lecturing positions, including Lecturer of Hypermedia at the Department of Design of Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Assistant Professor of Cognition and Information Technologies at the Information Systems program of Faculdade Santa Maria, and Assistant Program Director of the Visual Communication Department of Raffles Design Institute at DongHua University, China. You can link me at my blog at


Peter Atkinson, Senior Lecturer, Coventry University’s School of Art and Design, Coventry, UK

Senior Lecturer in the Industrial Design Department at Coventry University’s School of Art and Design, main subject area: Transport Design.  Responsibilities include supervision of academic student exchanges and mobility. He established a new collaborative academic partnership for Coventry with Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia (South America) as a new student exchange destination. This partnership has also fostered an annual collaborative student Transport Design project, enabling detailed observations on undergraduate student-level international collaborative projects to be published. He proposed the establishment of a Coventry-Medellín virtual network based research project for electric mobility, and supported bids for global Erasmus Mundus funding calls during 2011.  Peter has worked closely with CWAT, a community group representing disabled people, supporting research into transport design issues from a number of perspectives.  Peter has presented 5 papers published in various conference proceedings since April 2006 on digital teaching feedback methods and themes related to collaborative design processes.


Professor Bruce Wood, Director of Centre for Creative Industries (CCI) at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), Glasgow, UK

Bruce Wood is a qualified Designer with 17 years experience in industry on a national and international scale. Founder of the CCI at GCU in 2002, he has created Masters programmes in Product Design and Development, Digital Media and more recently, Design Practice and Management. He has supervised numerous Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) projects and his present research activities include economic development through the use of creative industries as a driver for new products and services. Prior to joining GCU he directed a number of large-scale design-led economic development projects resulting in the development of over 200 products.


Professor EUR ING Simon Vaitkevicius BEng (Hons) MSc CEng IED, Nokia, UK

Simon is a professional engineer who has over 15 years of experience as a Mechanical Design Engineer working globally for Nokia UK in a training and development role. Simon was responsible globally for the creation and implementation of the 2D and GD&T drawing standard for Nokia which was deployed globally within the company and to all of the Nokia suppliers around the world. Innovation and creativity played a big part in Simon’s career at Nokia which he has used in promoting Engineering within Universities, colleges and to the general public where the opportunity arose. In 2011 Nokia announced they were to close Nokia UK and with the support of a business start-up grant from Nokia Simon has created a training and development organisation called Lincs Training Ltd that uses his experience as a global trainer in mechanical design engineering and competence development. The company is based primarily in industry with 70% of Simon’s time devoted to running courses, workshops and assessing individuals’ competencies in engineering subjects. The further 30% of the time is devoted to promoting engineering in academia and within professional institutions such as the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). Simon has also been involved with the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) through the Visiting Teaching Fellowship scheme at London Southbank University and in May 2012 was elected a Visiting Professor of Innovation at Bournemouth University. Simon is also involved with the IED, being Chairman of Membership and Senior Vice Chairman of Council for the institution.


Dr Adriana Roa-Atkinson, UK

Adriana Roa-Atkinson’s research interest is in the sociology of science and technology, particularly looking into international collaboration, networking with developing countries and public understanding of Science and Technology. She has a doctoral degree in Science and Technology Policy from Campinas University, Brazil. She has published and supported various senior research fellows in several projects looking into: science indicators, mapping international research collaboration and research evaluation since the late 1990’s. Previously, she worked for the Colombian National Research Funding Institute – Colciencias and other governmental institutions in Colombia as System Information Consultant, Project Manager and Policy Adviser. She has been an honorary visiting researcher at City University (bibliometric studies) and Open University. She also worked as a research consultant to INTECH I in the topic of North-South collaboration.  Following her career break for bringing up family, she has been involved with local communities and schools in Coventry. In 2011 she collaborated with Coventry University in a research project about the socio-cultural impact of public transport in Medellin, Colombia.


Ulrika Florin, PhD Candidate, Mlardalen University, Vsters, Sweden

Ulrika Florins research is focusing on (fine) art practice and design practice, particularly when artists or designers are working on assignments related to the society. In 1992 Ulrika Florin obtained her MFA (Master in fine art- in three-dimensional design) at Konstfack, University College of art craft and design in Stockholm. Since then Florin is a practicing artist with the public space as her area of expertise. She has a wide experience of both stationary and temporary artwork in public spaces as well as exhibitions and scenography in different contexts. Ulrika Florin started her PhD Candidate position at Mlardalen University in 2006; currently she is working part time as lecturer and part-time with her PhD dissertation. Florin is focusing design processes and interpretation as well as visual perception, especially in collaborative situations with interdisciplinary teams. Her research project is part of the research group Design and Visualization a division of the multidisciplinary milieu IPR (Innovation and Product Realization) at Mlardalen University.


Adam Walker, KTP Associate, Northumbria University, UK

Adam Walker is a Service Design KTP Associate currently working in the Oil and Gas industry. He is particularly interested in client/stakeholder relationships, user experience and cultural/organisational development. His current role sees him developing his company’s industry recognition through the design and delivery of an innovative Training Service + System to engage key national and international clients. He has spent the last 7 to 8 years working in a creative environment, in a number of diverse creative/multidisciplinary roles. He gained a BA Hons in Transportation Design and an MA in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation, both from the University of Northumbria, UK. He has also spent time working for an automotive design agency in Italy, and established and managed his own sports supplements retail company whilst at university.


Catherine Docherty, Design Innovation Research Fellow Studio, Glasgow School of Art, UK

Catherine is the lead on a number of projects including: re-imagining public services including social services and libraries; supporting businesses to increase their competitiveness through the use of design; engaging communities in the climate change agenda; and facilitating organisational strategic planning. Having worked as a consultant and researcher in fields of design management and innovation for over 17 years, Catherine has particular expertise in project management for delivery of national and international initiatives relating to design, innovation and sustainability. Catherine draws on her experience in academia, the public sector and commercial practice, to help organisations and teams make the most effective use of design and innovation resources; in terms of both strategy selection and implementation. She has also worked at a strategic level for a wide range of clients, delivering projects for the BBC, the Scottish Government, the Design Council, Scottish Enterprise, NESTA, Strathclyde Police, Grampian Police, Standard Life, Glasgow School of Art, Nottingham University and Material Connexion (New York).


Roger Whitham, PhD Candidate, Lancaster University, UK

Roger is a designer and researcher with a range of commercial and academic experience. His specialisations include user experience design, user interface design and software architecture. Roger has industrial experience with a number of major digital advertising agencies in both technical and creative roles. Roger is currently undertaking a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction and Design, here at Lancaster University. His research interests include Information Visualisation, Personal Information Management and Individual work practices. His practical research experience centres around Interactive TV and handheld devices.


Dr Emma Murphy, Lecturer in Design Management, Lancaster University, UK

Emma’s research interests include design business models, brand manifestation, design thinking and methodology, and design briefing. Emma previously led the marketing and research work stream for cross-disciplinary design consultancy Graven Images, working with clients including BBC, Hotel Missoni, Glasgow City Council, and Volkswagen. Her role encapsulated business, client and staff development, research, tool creation, client liaison and project bidding. Her connections with creative industries, academia, corporate and public sectors position her effectively to connect people and opportunities, and her passion for the creative industries make her a real advocate of design and its role in creating value strategically, economically and culturally. Emma has worked with the British Design Initiative, Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) and the RIAS on research to benefit design education. Emma’s doctoral research focused on how designers build client business-awareness. Coupled with her experience in industry and education, Emma is passionate about helping new designers understand the strategic value of design, and succeed in business. Emma is also a Visiting Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and Strathclyde University.


Laura Morris, Lancaster University, U.K.

Laura is a Designer at Imagination Lancaster, working specifically on the New IDEAS project, which aims to create innovative knowledge and exchange toolkits that can be used independently by local, academic, creative industries and stakeholders. Laura’s background includes a degree in Design for Industry and a Masters in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation, both from Northumbria University.  She also has varied commercial experience, including branding and marketing for a new brewery, concept development for Philips Innovation and product design for a leading baby product brand.  Laura has also won a RSA Design Directions competition with sustainable product design for two well-known brands. Laura’s particular interests are in creative problem solving, knowledge exchange, human centred design and branding.


Kenta Ono, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Japan

Kenta ONO is working for Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Japan as Associate Professor and researching on design management, design organization and design process in a company and public sector. He received both his ME (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) from Graduate School of Science and Technology, Chiba University. Prior to coming to Chiba University he worked for Mitsubishi Electric and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Mitsubishi Telecom Europe S.A. (France) as interface designer. Email:


Workshop Assistants:

Stephen Forshaw, UK

An RSA – Sony award winning designer with a background in Product Design and Spatial Design as practitioner and lecturer, with particular interest in end user product experiences. Currently researching tools to aid cross-disciplinary collaboration for design projects set within the technological landscape of Physical-Cyber Environments (P-C Es). A P-C E is an emergent hybrid: physical, digital mix, firmly grounded in physicality, which is technologically, digitally, enabled and augmented. This landscape is an emerging space where all types of products, services and environment will be possible. The research has a focus on end user experience of P-C Es.

Gabriel Hernandez Martrou, PhD Candidate, Lancaster University, UK

My research aims to identify and outline best practices on current education courses in which design thinking has been implemented as a new way of learning. It intends to identify a core of knowledge that can be used for implementing design-based learning on formal taught courses. The aim is to provide a clear understanding of the concepts, tools, methods, learning styles and mind sets present in design thinking, regarding design-learning approach as transferable knowledge


Christopher Bull, PhD Candidate, Lancaster University, UK

My research is focused on exploring design studios in education (from a variety of areas: architecture, product design, art etc.), and how aspects of the environment can be transferred across to Computer Science education; this involves looking at co-located developers during design and implementation phases of software projects (inspired by my Masters Thesis — CoffeeTable). This also relates to my main broad interest of collaboration in software development teams. I am a digital innovation researcher (Ph.D. student), and part of the first cohort of the HighWire DTC. My background is in Computer Science and Software Engineering, but have been immersing myself in the Design discipline and exploring how Design and Computing cross. I have a wide and varied interest in many areas of Computer Science including software engineering (in a broad sense), software project management, education in computer science/software engineering, HCI and web development. I have also dabbled in Management Science and Project Management.


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+ Members of the Network Research Steering Committee

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