Our research team have many years experience of research and practice within the areas of design, social innovation, education and local government.
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).
Dr Sarah Rhodes
PCL Researcher: Design for Social Innovation (2015-17)
Sarah is a designer-maker, educator and researcher whose practice-based PhD re-framed the nature of collaboration between designers and African craft producers, illustrating how co-creational agency, through creative exchange can engender successful and equitable outcomes. Sarah has a continuing research interest in participatory design process, particularly in its use to bridge the divide between marginalised groups and its utilisation for social innovation and sustainable practices.
Sarah’s consultancy work includes developing Botswana’s first vocational jewellery design and manufacture course and designing the Spring/Summer 2009 collection for fair trade jewelry company Made (based in Nairobi, Kenya) which sold in Topshop and Whistles. Her jewellery has been exhibited internationally and she has contributed chapters to two books on African design: Cultural Threads: Transnational Textiles Today (2014) and Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (2013).
Dr Lara Salinas
PCL Researcher: Service Design (2015-17)
Lara is a practitioner and researcher with an interdisciplinary background in digital culture. As part of her role in the PCL, she is investigating collaboration between higher education institutions and local authorities in design for services.
Lara has recently completed her practice-led PhD, The Production of Digital Public Place(s), at The Creative Exchange, Lancaster University, where she had the opportunity to work in partnership with pioneering companies, local authorities and the best academic thinkers, in the creation of new products, experiences and business opportunities.
Lara’s most recent research has focused on the production of hybrid, digital-physical urban environments through creative and artistic interventions. Her research interests focus on practice-based, multidisciplinary and collaborative projects, which facilitate knowledge exchange between academia and the creative industries to generate novel ideas.
Projects Manager, London Borough of Camden (2015-16)
Suzanne is a project manager at Camden Council where, over the last three years, she has worked within the Children, Schools and Families, as well as the Culture and Environment departments. She has extensive experience in managing change projects, consultation and engagement, and collaborative working with partners, as well as evidence-based policy and strategy development. Prior to joining Camden, she worked as a policy and research officer at Enfield Council. Before joining local government, Suzanne worked at the University of London and has a sustained interest in collaboration between local authorities and higher education institutions. She is interested in innovation across all areas of public policy and new ways to improve public services and social outcomes through co-design and systems thinking.
PCL Relationship Manager
Monica is the Associate Director, Innovation at Central Saint Martins, which involves working with the various initiatives and staff of the Innovation Centre to develop commercial opportunities (e.g. consultancy, licensing and merchandising) and a range of enterprise activities including the cultivation of alliances/partner relationships and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. She also promotes the Innovation Centre to the wider business community via events and conferences.
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.
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 Manager (2015-16)
In her role as Research Funding Manager for UAL, Suzanne managers support for UK research funding applications at UAL, as well as managing research projects. Before working at UAL, she was a researcher in television current affairs at the BBC. She holds a PhD in the history of political thought and she has also studied anthropology, politics and philosophy.
PCL Project Assistant (2015-16)
Jamie handles the social media platforms and communication design for the PCL, DACRC and DESIS, as well as supporting the team in various creative duties. He studied a BA in Graphic Design at the University of the Arts London and is currently a practicing artist and illustrator in London.