Robert Young is the professor of design practice in the Department of Design, Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University, head of its “innovate” academic community, and director of its Centre for Design Research, which has specialized in human-centered, research-led design practice projects with private and public sector organizations since 1989. He began the first knowledge transfer projects and doctoral studies projects in the school, and twenty-one candidates have earned their PhDs with his assistance. His research interests and areas of publication include studies that explore the nature and power of design, including the future of design practice; design’s evolving role within society; design innovation and entrepreneurship, including contexts to create new economic, social, and environmental value in business and society, nurturing health and wellbeing product and service innovation within SMEs, promoting design-led innovation as a functional driver in corporate industry and within the area of social innovation; and understanding how designers can use their skills, creativity, and enterprise to envisage, shape, and create a better world through co-creative processes. He has advised two previous Design of the Times programs in the North East and Cornwall on social innovation and service design projects with communities of practice. He is currently serving on the scientific advisory board for the Netherland’s government Creative Industries Science Programme (CRISP). He is a partner in two recent AHRC networks, Design Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) UK and Service Design Research, and he is coordinator of the Northumbria DESIS Lab, which undertakes collaborative social innovation learning projects with public and third sector organizations.

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