Polly HartePolly Harte, Administrator

As the Design Star Administrator I am employed by and based at the University of Reading, but provide administrative and financial support, event management support, and publicity and communication support to the Design Star Centre for Doctoral Training as a whole.

Tom Ainsworth, Design Star Lead for the University of Brighton

Dr Tom Ainsworth is the Academic Programme Leader for Design, Coordinator for Postgraduate Research, and Course Leader for the MA Sustainable Design in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Brighton.

His academic interests are in design research for sustainable development, social innovation, and health and wellbeing. His research activities seek to utilise the principles and practices of design to develop new insights and to deliver practical outcomes for more sustainable futures.

Wilkie_0Alex Wilkie, Design Star Lead for Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Alex Wilkie is the Co-Director of the MPhil/PHD Programme in Design at Goldsmiths. Alex’s research interests lie at the intersections of the Science and Technology Studies (STS), interaction design and user-involvement in design practice.

Richard Bibb, Design Star Lead for Loughborough University

Professor Richard Bibb is Professor of Medical Applications of Design and Associate Dean Research at Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University. His main research interests are effective application of advanced design and ‎product development technologies in medicine, healthcare, surgery and rehabilitation. This concentrates ‎on applied collaborative research conducted with clinical and industrial partners across the UK and ‎overseas.

EmmaDewberryEmma Dewberry, Design Star lead for the Open University

Dr Emma Dewberry is a Senior Lecturer in the Design Group at the Open University. Her research explores diverse agendas in design for sustainability.

 Eric KindelEric Kindel, Design Star Lead for the University of Reading

Professor Eric Kindel is Head of the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. His research takes in several areas of interest: the graphic design of information, with an emphasis on aspects of Isotype; informal and alternative print methods, with a specialism in the history of stencils and stencilling; and the inventive intersection of design and print production.

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