Professor Adam Thorpe
PCL Principal Investigator
Professor in Socially Responsive Design, Co-Director of the Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) at Central Saint Martins and founder of the UAL DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab.
Adam is Principle Investigator of the Public Collaboration Lab. In the period of 2014-16 he was Co-Investigator on both the EU-funded Graffolution Project and the AHRC-funded Design Thinking for Prison Industries social innovation project. He was Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded 2013 UK DESIS Network, Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded FIRE Up project and Lead Academic on the 2009-11 LUTA Knowledge Transfer Project with Fight for Peace funded by the AHRC. He was Principal Investigator on the 2006-8 AHRC/EPSRC funded portfolio project Bikeoff 2 project delivered with colleagues from both DACRC and the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London. His work with the DACRC includes the generation of research, student projects, academic papers, design resources for industry and education, as well as award winning design benchmarks that are linked to an account of design against crime as socially responsive design. Also, with DESIS, Adam’s practice-led research is focused on the development of models and methods that support service and social innovation, and social enterprise.
Dr Alison Prendiville
On completing her Masters in Design Management from the Royal College of Art in 1991, Alison worked commercially with a number of design led companies, including David Mellor Design and Artek, before entering academia. Funded by Thorn Transit Systems International (now part of Cubic), her doctoral research, awarded in 2001, was interdisciplinary, linking engineering specification to design, service management theory and practice. In parallel with her PhD, she was a researcher on the EU Framework IV Programme MIMIC (Modality, Intermodality and Interchange). Alison has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level, encompassing Service, Product and Strategic Design. She supervises and examines PhDs in the following subject areas: Design for Services, Design Management, Public Sector Innovation, Design Process, Design and Sustainability, Design Theory and Practice and SocialSoftware Agents.
Alison has also presented papers at numerous academic conferences on subjects such as transport, design, service design and design education. She is an Associate of the HEA, a member of the R&D Society, a fellow of the RSA and a member of MADE (Materials and Design Exchange group).
PCL Relationship Manager
Monica's role involves enabling external organisations to harness the expertise and creative intelligence of Central Saint Martins in order to drive the development of knowledge, innovation and new networks. A highly experienced business development and knowledge exchange manager, Monica has overseen delivery of numerous projects with clients and partners across a range of sectors: corporate, cultural, public and not-for-profit. Monica also manages CSM's relationship with the King's Cross Knowledge Quarter.
PCL Project Coordinator
As Administrator at the Design Against Crime Research Centre, Chloe helps to ensure the smooth running of the office, working closely with Dani Davies. She studied at Chelsea College of Arts, completed a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art and continues her practice in London.
PCL Project Coordinator
Dani keeps the Design Against Crime Research Centre’s administrative and office requirements afloat and she also project manages many of its research projects and staff. Originally from Croatia, since living in the UK she has gained a Legal Secretarial Skills Diploma and has worked as a beauty consultant, nanny and an extra in a West End production.