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(Re)designing the Change Agenda: Investigating the Critical Constructs of Public Policymaking

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Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

By choosing a doctoral programme from the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. The Institute for Design Innovation is actively engaged in international research projects concerning the value of design, making meaning, service and policy design and design practice.

London is one of the world’s leading hubs for international business, negotiations and trade, and is the ideal location for students to expand their knowledge, expertise and networks. Loughborough University London is surrounded by key influencers and innovators in a broad range of industries, and is just a short journey from Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Liverpool Street.
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Project Detail

This project will be eligible for application to the Techné Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) which supports high quality candidates to pursue the ‘craft’ of research through innovative, interdisciplinary and creative approaches to the study of the arts and humanities.

TECHNE provides an outstanding graduate training experience, drawing together the best of traditional scholarship, history, theory and practice across ten higher education institutions in London and the South East with extensive collaboration from 15 world-leading partners including the Natural History Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, the Science Museum and Crafts Council.

As a consortium member of Techné, the Institute for Design Innovation welcomes outstanding candidates with a research interest in exploring the application of design into the context of the multiple challenges that (designing) change agendas imposes on humanity.

Humanity changes the world by designing it. Life in an increasingly artificial world is shaped by human interventions, the age of the Anthropocene. Humans have designed their environment, artefacts and interactions, changing the natural circumstances beyond recognition, often towards abject harm and the detriment of our environment. It is pertinent to ask how and why do we design what we design? Whose agenda drives this design? These urgent questions lead us to question the agenda setting of change processes (and thus the design agenda behind it).

The doctoral project will engage in a critical view of design, exploring politics of change agenda-setting that have been largely ignored in the management and practice of design, to the detriment of our social and ecological world. Potentially building on concept of social fields (state, market, commons, citizens actors) the project is expected to engage with the critical constructs that shape radical new creative and experimental research pathways on design activism, design policy and critical design management.

The doctoral project is expected to critically explore how to change the world by designing it better – this implies (re)designing the change agenda. The project is expected to build on and contribute to service design, public policymaking and critical design innovation and is expected to have a global context and reach.

The successful candidate will be based at the Loughborough University London campus, located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London.

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General information about the research agenda of the Institute for Design Innovation can be found here:
For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Professor Mikko Koria ([Email Address Removed]).

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification and a relevant master's degree.

Contact details

Name: Professor Mikko Koria
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)20 3818 0777

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Design Innovation

Please quote reference number: 2019/TECHNE/MKSP

Funding Notes

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, TECHNE studentships cover tuition fees and an additional stipend for three years’ full-time, or part-time equivalent for six years. Stipend rates for 2019-20 are yet to be announced; however the stipend for 2018-19 was £16,777. International students are not eligible to apply for AHRC studentships and EU students are eligible for fees only.

Successful candidates can also apply for additional funding to support individual or group training and developmental activities.

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