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design and social innovation; social design; designing for community; design for development

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Joyce’s research focuses on the role, value and impact of design in organisational context. Specifically, she is interested in the ways design is used to support, enable and drive change through the creation of innovative practices in organisations. She was the lead investigator for the Valuing Design project, an AHRC funded research that identified and mapped the impact and value of design in public and voluntary and community sector organisations. Building on this work, she published a book, Transformations which introduces 7 roles that design play in driving change in organisations. Her previous book, Design Transitions explored how design practices are changing and identified a key requirement for designers to externalise their approaches and demonstrate value beyond design in service innovation projects. Extending her interest in design in social spaces, she co-founded the Designing Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific network ( with Yoko Akama. DESIAP (funded in 2015 by the AHRC Research Network grant) is a research platform, a community of practice, and a network for collaboration and ongoing knowledge sharing for various practitioners, researchers, communities, and professionals working in the Social Innovation space in the UK and the Asia-Pacific region.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Design Studies, PhD

1 Sept 200330 Nov 2006

Award Date: 1 Sept 2003

External positions

Professor, Taylors University

1 Dec 202230 Nov 2024

Lancaster University

1 Oct 202130 Sept 2025

Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

14 Nov 201814 Nov 2024

Kingston University

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2021

Royal College of Art

1 Sept 201731 Aug 2020

University of South Wales

1 Sept 201631 Aug 2019


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