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Mikko Koria

Principal Investigator / Professor

Loughborough University London

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Dr Mikko Koria is Professor of Design Innovation and the Director of the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London. In the last 30 years, he has worked extensively with MNEs, SMEs and start-ups, the public sectors of multiple countries and the Red Cross, EU, UNICEF the World Bank in European, Asian, African and South American countries. Key research areas include design innovation, service design, policymaking, business models, ecosystems and entrepreneurship. Design & service innovation in the public sector is a special interest. Research collaborations (~£3m) as PI and Co-I in emerging economies include design innovation, policy, health &… [Read more]

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Sharon Prendeville

Co-Investigator / Associate Professor

Loughborough University London

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Dr Sharon Prendeville is a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor based at the Institute for Design Innovation, LUL. She is Head of the Institute’s research group and Director of the MSc Design Innovation Management programme.  She was recently named one of AHRC’s Design Research Future Stars. She was Chair of Conversations at DRS2018 and has previously held teaching and research posts at TU Delft, The Netherlands and The Royal College of Art, London, UK. In 2014, she co-designed and led a global grassroots collective to explore counter-cultural practices, peer-to-peer production and commons governance within sustainability. Her current research focuses on developing critical… [Read more]

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Federico Vaz

Research Associate

Loughborough University London

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Dr Federico Vaz is a research associate at the Institute for Design Innovation and the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, LUL. He works at the intersection between design and innovative policy policymaking. In the past years, he has developed and taught university courses on the introduction of design in the public sector and consulted innovation agencies on identifying and exploiting citizen-centred innovation opportunities. Federico holds a PhD in Design Innovation for his research in the role and uses of design for public policy innovation by the Institute for Design Innovation, LUL. His background is in Industrial Design, and he… [Read more]

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Froilan Legaspi

Community Organiser

Citizens UK

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Froilan ‘Froi’ Legaspi is a Community Organiser for Citizens UK and currently works with 20+ schools, faith and community groups in the London boroughs of Hackney & Islington. Froi has trained and worked with civic leaders, negotiating deals to improve Mental Health services for young people and Black communities, job programmes for migrants learning English, and challenging exploitative practices of energy companies through the Fair Energy Campaign. Other interests lie in civil society’s role in innovation and collaboration in multiplayer gaming. He has a postgraduate certificate in Community Organising from Queen Mary University of London, MSc from University of Sussex,… [Read more]

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Andrea Cooper

Strategic, Entrepreneurial Design Leader

States of Change

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Dr Cooper is a strategic, entrepreneurial design leader. Over more than two decades, she has built an international reputation in design policy, delivering impactful national design programmes and championing the value of design to the economy and society. Andrea has extensive board experience and is currently a trustee of CIPD and a Director at the Connected Places Catapult. In her previous role at the Cabinet Office, she created the multi-award-winning Policy Innovation Unit, successfully delivering over 100 strategic projects across the Government under three Prime Ministers. An international judge of prizes, her work has received significant acclaim in the UK… [Read more]