Research Team

The research is being undertaken part-time by a team based at the University of Brighton and Victoria and Albert Museum. The researchers are: Professor Guy Julier (PI), Lucy Kimbell (co-PI), Jocelyn Bailey (researcher) and Leah Armstrong (research assistant).

The research is being overseen by a small advisory group: Pelle Ehn, MEDEA, Malmo University; Gordon Hush, Glasgow School of Art; Sabine Junginger, Kolding School of Design/Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; Peter Lloyd, University of Brighton; Daniela Sangiorgi, Imagination, University of Lancaster.

Professor Guy Julier
@guyjulier |

Guy Julier is the University of Brighton Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum. This post is dedicated to developing and running a research programme that addresses contemporary issues in design that also links the museum, the university and professionals in the creative industries. Read more about Guy.

Dr Lucy Kimbell
@lixindex |
Lucy is a designer, researcher and educator. She is a part-time Principal Research Fellow at the University of Brighton. Her background is a mixture of consulting in design innovation, especially in digital/services, and teaching and research. Since 2005 she has developed and taught an MBA elective on Designing Better Futures at Said Business School, University of Oxford, where she is an Associate Fellow. In 2012 she published online a toolkit developed through her teaching, the Social Design Methods Menu. Read more about Lucy.

Jocelyn Bailey
@JocelynABailey |
Jocelyn works in design research and policy, currently running the manufacturing, design and innovation team at Westminster think tank Policy Connect. She graduated from Cambridge with a BA in architecture and has recently completed an MA in Art History with Birkbeck. Read more about Jocelyn.

Dr Leah Armstrong
@ContempoDesCult |
Leah Armstrong headshot
Leah is currently completing an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award in design history at the University of Brighton and also works as part time Research Officer in Contemporary Design Culture at the V&A Museum, where she helps to programme the Design Culture Salons, among other things. Leah graduated with a BA Hons (First Class) in History from the University of Manchester in 2009, before completing an MA in Cultural History also at the University of Manchester.


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