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Application details:

Reference number: 2021/TECHNE/IDI
Start date: October 2021
Closing date 22nd November 2020
Interview date: TBC

Institute for Design Innovation.


Loughborough University London is a part of technē; a consortium which comprises nine universities in London and the South-East, with almost 60 AHRC studentships to award each year across a range of arts and humanities disciplines. technē supports outstanding students pursuing the ‘craft' of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches

For students technē provides:
• An environment that is intellectually innovative and experimental
• Varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary training and networking opportunities
• Collaborative engagement with partners in the cultural and other sectors
• Rigorous scholarly training and opportunities to develop skills in innovation, critical thinking, risk taking, creativity and communication that are valued in academic and work contexts

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for Design Innovation you'll work alongside academic leaders in their field. The Institute is actively engaged in international research projects concerning the value of design, making meaning, service and policy design and design practice. The Institute investigates the use of design in the contexts of users, society and business.

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Project Detail:

The Institute for Design Innovation is currently inviting proposals from candidates whose interests fit with IDI's research on design for social change. IDI specialises in critical explorations on the roles, practices, methods, frameworks and concepts of design by drawing on theories from entrepreneurship, grassroots innovation, social movement studies, visual culture and communications, organisational and institutional theory, science and technology studies, and political economy. Our research touches upon debates on how design shapes societal futures through addressing the challenges of livelihoods, new economics, democracy, society and nature issues, ecological thought and sustainability through design. We have particular expertise in participatory design, service design, anthropological design research, ethnographic field research, speculative methods and semiotics.

We are seeking candidates who are interested in tackling complex questions of design research and practice through bold programmes of work, whose interests align with the abovementioned topics and those of IDI faculty. We are especially interested in inviting those prospective candidates with inter/transdisciplinary backgrounds and research interests.

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Information about the research agenda of the Institute for Design Innovation can be found here:
For informal enquiries please contact Dr Sharon Prendeville ().

Entry requirements:
An honours degree (2:1 or above) and a relevant master's degree, or equivalent qualifications or experience.

Funding information:

Awards are available for both full-time and part-time students. AHRC eligibility criteria apply and all AHRC awards are subject to the AHRC and UKRI terms and conditions as described in three documents available on the AHRC's Current Award Holders web page. Eligible students will receive a tax-free stipend at AHRC levels, and a fee waiver at AHRC rates.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Sharon Prendeville
Email address:

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Design Innovation.

Please quote reference number: 2021/TECHNE/IDI and include a research proposal with your application.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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