Lucy Kimbell


B.Eng MA

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I work as a designer, researcher and educator. I have taught an MBA elective on design innovation at Said Business School, University of Oxford, since 2005, where for five years I was a faculty member. Now I move between research, teaching, consulting and my occasional art practice.

In addition to working through my consultancy Fieldstudio, I am an associate at TaylorHaig (London) and The Policy Lab (Boston), both working to innovate in public service design. Recent keynotes include the International Association of Societies of Design Research (2011), Service Design Network (2010), Design Management Institute (2010), and Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (2008). I publish in peer-reviewed journals as well as trying to find ways to make academic work more digestible to wider publics. Recent topics include design thinking, organisational aesthetics and designing services. I have also taught MA Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art, London; lead teams designing mobile/internet services; worked as a volunteer; and refurbished a family home using reclaimed materials acquired through e-Bay and freecycle.

My collaborative installation Personal Political Indicies/Physical Bar Charts, created with sociologist Andrew Barry, has been shown nine times internationally including in the interdisciplinary exhibition Making Things Public (2005) curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel and at TEDGlobal (2011). Other works include a book resulting from conducting an audit of my value, published as Audit (Book Works, 2002) described by Bruno Latour as "very funny...much better than critical theory".