keynote speaker

[IMPACT] DESIGN MODES: Design research

Anne Boddington

Anne Boddington is Professor Emerita of Design Innovation at Kingston University. Educated as an architect, urbanist and cultural geographer, she has over 35-years’ experience in higher education and over 20 in senior leadership positions, most recently as Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Business & Innovation at Kingston University. Her experience includes strategic and organisational design, business planning/finance, quality assurance in teaching and research, career development and international partnerships. She has worked with the UK Government’s Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Higher Education Academy, with a range of cultural agencies and as a strategic research reviewer for UK Research & Innovation. She is currently Chair of the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) programme advisory board for UKRI, and Chair of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 for Sub Panel 32, Art & Design: History, Practice & Theory. She has served on two previous panels in REF2014 and RAE2008. She is a member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and has undertaken quality reviews for a number of international government bodies. She has been an independent Governor in Further and Higher Education and is currently a trustee and Deputy Chair of the Design Council Board in the UK. Anne is a registered architect and member of the RIBA, a Design Council ‘expert’, an independent consultant, mentor and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Keynote Title: Design Research, Impact, and Integrity

‘the difference we hope to make’

This presentation will explore how growing interest in research impact alongside the Hong Kong Principles to support research integrity may inform and influence how we conduct design research, doctoral and design education as the world emerges from the pandemic.

Impact can be broadly described as ‘the difference we make and the evidence of that difference’ while the emerging Hong Kong principles address research integrity and focus on the rigour, methods, execution, dissemination, openness, and transparency of the research.

In addition, they set out to value a broad range of research and scholarship, including meta-research, and the value of a diverse range of contributions to responsible research, including outreach and knowledge exchange.

Positioning the rhetoric, narratives and visual languages of design research and design education within this landscape of research integrity and impact, challenges design scholars to consider not only the methodological strategies deployed in framing and conducting research, but how to evidence the transformation and benefit that it may have. This presentation will question whether and how design research can evidence and influence policies, practices, and behaviours such that the difference is tangible and realises the potential of design to contribute ethically to a more equitable post pandemic world.

Keynote Date

8 Dec (Wed) 17:00 HKT

Return to Keynote Speakers