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Louise Mullagh

Senior Research Associate - Population and Policy, Research Student

Louise Mullagh

PhD supervision

I am willing to take PhD students who are interested in research that explores the following areas: Design for policy - exploring a range of ways in which design is currently being used in policymaking at different scales. Data-driven design Data-driven society and implications for design Design for public innovation

Research Interests

My current research interests include design for policy (at global, national and regional scales), including the design methods and approaches used in this realm. I am also currently researching design for recovery and resilience as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular exploring how design interventions have matured throughout the pandemic and what designers and design researchers might learn for the future. 

As a cross-discplinary researcher I also have interests in the impact of technologies, in particular those that are fuelled by big-data on our experiences of place. My PhD research, which is located in design and computing explores how we might bring back into balance understandings of place that are based in big data and situated knowledges. 

I am currently Chair (Research) of the PoGo (Policy and Governance) SIG for the Design Research Society.

My previous research on the AHRC funded Living Design and Located Making projects explored design for sustainability in small maker enterprises in the UK and China. This work sought to understand how traditional products represent principles of design for sustainability and how they can appeal to contemporary markets.

Career Details

Research associate, Living Design and Located Making - Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. December 2017 - Deceomber 2019 

Thesis Title

PhD (Digital Innovation): Design Principles for More-than-Data Walks 

Imagination Lancaster and School of Computing and Communications


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