Advisory Board

Design School Kolding values international relations and partners and therefore aims to have an international Advisory Board of the highest standard. The board’s members help to keep the school’s research strategy in line with international developments in design research and education. Participation in international research activities is vital to building knowledge and ensures that the school’s research strategy is fully in line with, and contributes to, international design research.

The school’s Advisory Board therefore consists of researchers from recognised research and development institutions in the field of design research. These researchers inspire Design School Kolding to do its absolute best.

Richard Buchanan

Professor, Head of the Research Centre of ‘Management as Design’ at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, USA.

Richard Buchanan is the editor of Design Issues, an international journal of design history, theory, and criticism published by MIT Press, and he is the president of the Design Research Society based in the United Kingdom. He has taught design theory focusing on communication design and industrial design but also extends design into new areas of application such as interaction and organisation design.

Ellen Dissanayake

Affiliate Professor; Author and Lecturer, School of Music, University of Washington, USA

Ellen Dissanayake has held distinguished visiting professorships at Ball State University in Indiana, the University of Alberta, Edmonton and the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia. Additionally, she has taught at the National Arts School in Papua New Guinea, the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka, Sarah Lawrence College and the New School for Social Research in New York City. Recent talks have addressed audiences in design, crafts, arts education, arts therapy, arts in healthcare, anthropology, semiotics, and neuroaesthetics. She has developed a unique perspective that considers art to be a normal, natural, and necessary component of our evolved nature as humans.

William B. Gartner

Professor, Clemson University, USA

William B. Gartner holds the position of Arthur M. Spiro Professor of Entrepreneurship at Clemson University. Prior to Clemson, he was at the University of Southern California. Besides his scholarship on entrepreneurial behaviour, his research focuses on entrepreneurial narratives and explores the ways that stories are used to raise financing and generate support to transform ideas into on- going businesses and insights that can be ascertained through new methods in evaluating entrepreneurial narrative.

Tuuli Mattelmäki

Associate Professor, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland

Tuuli Mattelmäki is the Encore team’s leader and associate professor at the Department of Design. Her starting point for research is in empathic design and explorative methods in user-centred design, design probes in particular. She describes her current research interests as concerning creative co-design methods in design for services, as well as the new application contexts of designerly approaches.

Janet McDonnell

Professor, Research Director, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London

Professor McDonnell’s research interests are in studying design and other kinds of professional work in its natural setting where many competing practical pressures are at play. Her focus is on different means of making practices 'visible' e.g. the methods in use, the decision-making behaviour, how ideas get introduced and established, the informational bases (sources, uses and quality) that individuals and groups rely on, and the influences of assumptions and norms. She is editor–in-chief of the journal Co-Design.

Johan Redström

Design Director / Senior Researcher, Interactive Institute, Sweden

Area of expertise with respect to design:
Design Director Johan Redström has a background in philosophy, music and interaction design. In his research, he aims at combining philosophical and artistic approaches with focus on experimental design, critical practice and the aesthetics of information technology as material in design.

Saras Sarasvathy

Ass. Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, USA

Saras D. Sarasvathy is a member of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Ethics area at Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. Before joining Darden, she had been on the faculty of University of Washington and University of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, supervised by Herbert Simon, 1978 Nobel Laureate in Economics.

She is a leading scholar on the cognitive theory and is the author of Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise.

Martin Woolley

Professor, Associate Dean - Applied Research, Coventry University, United Kingdom

With an early background in three dimensional and industrial designs, Martin Woolley’s research interests have broadened to encompass design-related aspects of the innovation process, i.e. how design concepts evolve and move into the public domain, either in a commercial or societal context. Recently, he has moved into a research project management role. He is currently principle investigator on the E.U. Framework 5 'AGORA Cities for People' project and on the 'Emotional Wardrobe'. Designing for the 21st Century EPSRC/AHRC cluster project. He has been active on many national and international research bodies including the AHRC Research panel 2. He is currently on the Design Research Society Council and the Design Education Association (DEED) executive.

Lou Yongqi

Professor, Dean, College of Design & Innovation of Tongji University, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Lou Yongqi focuses on interdisciplinary sustainable design education, research and practice. He is the Scientific Committee member of The Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP) Italy (2009-2011), Coordinator of DESIS-China (The Network on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability in China), Executive Board Member of Shanghai Industrial Design Association, and Secretary General of Cumulus 2010 Shanghai Conference. He was the chief curator of International Students’ Exhibition of Shanghai Biennale of 2006 and 2008.