Matthew Lievesley


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I'd be keen to support PhD applicants in the Design + Health and Care field. For example; exploring how co-design processes can engage better with theoretical frameworks including behaviour-change and/or implementation science as part of design practice.

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Research interests

Research Interests

My research investigates how Design's human-centred approach contributes to responsible innovation in different settings. These themes are explored chiefly through a practice-based approach within partner organisations, where competition, compromise, risk and pragmatics are all at play. I work with commercial, social and public sector partners. For example:

Public and Social Sector Innovation: I am currently working on projects concerning Person-Centred Heathcare, mapping and improving pathways through the disjointed health and wellbeing landscape, to improve the experience of patients and their carers. My collaborators in this area of research include: AgeUK, Hitachi, NESTA, NHS (healthcare service design) Tiny Lives Trust, EPSRC and NIHR.

Commercial Sector Innovation: I led a programme of activity to embed customer-centric innovation approaches into Parker Hannifin Corp., the world's biggest filtration company. This partnership was graded outstanding by the funder: InnovateUK, and led the company to launch new product lines and win its first Red Dot design award. I also support small firms in healthtech and other sectors (inc. funding via InnovateUK/ KTN and the UK Treasury's Help to Grow programme).

Research Student Supervision Interests

Design-led Innovation; Design for Person-Centred Healthcare; Design for Behaviour Change; Healthcare Service Design

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Business and Administration, MBA

1 Sept 200122 Jun 2004

Award Date: 22 Jun 2004

Industrial Design, BA (Hons)

1 Sept 198830 Jun 1992

Award Date: 30 Jun 1992


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