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.

Darren Newbury (Brighton)

Darren Newbury, Design Star Lead for the University of Brighton

Darren Newbury is Professor of Photographic History in the School of Humanities and Social Science, and a Director of Doctoral Studies in the Doctoral College, at the University of Brighton. His principal research interests lie in the relationship between photography, history, politics and cultural memory, with a particular concentration on Africa, and South Africa specifically.

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.


Rachel Warner, Design Star Lead for the University of Reading

Dr Rachel Warner

Dr Rachel Warner is a designer and a Lecturer in communication design at the University of Reading. She is interested in how information design can help decision making, and understanding design practice – how designers work effectively within real-world influences. For more information see her web profile

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