keynote speaker


Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She is a Director of ImaginationLancaster, an open and exploratory design-led research centre conducting applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions, and also Chair of Lancaster institute for the Contemporary Arts. Professor Cooper’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books Designing Sustainable Cities, Wellbeing: A CompleteReference Guide, Wellbeing and the Environment, and Living Digital Worlds. She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility covering topics such as designing for sustainability, inclusivity, service design, sport, health, transport and policy. She was founding editor of The Design Journal and also founding President of the European Academy of Design. She is currently President of the Design Research Society.

Keynote title: Think Differently, Design Radically: Design Value v Design Values

I will be considering the context in which design as a profession and a research discipline has developed. I will discuss the economic paradigm that design has  followed and is following, the harm and the good design has done, and how we must challenge design thinking and doing in the context of the global challenges that face us.

Keynote Date

7 Dec (Tue) 17:00 HKT

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