Project Team

Professor Adam Thorpe Principal Investigator
Professor in Socially Responsive Design, Co-Director of the Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC) and founder of UAL’s DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Lab.

In the 2014-16 period he is currently Co-Investigator on both the EU F7 Graffolution project and the AHRC’s Design Thinking for Prison Industries social innovation project. He was also Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded 2013 UK DESIS Network, Co-I 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, as well as 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 social innovation research and student projects, academic papers, design resources for industry and education, also 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 focus is linked to the development of models of design innovation and social innovation methods including enterprise knowledge transfer, so that others can be inspired and informed to deliver socially responsive design and innovation.


Dr Alison Prendiville Co-Investigator

 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, Inter-modality and Interchange).
Dr Prendiville 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 Social Software Agents.
Dr Prendiville 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 Kathryn Oliver Co-Investigator
Lecturer in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, University of Oxford

Kathryn is a social scientist with a background in health policy and network analysis. Recently she has worked at the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis at the University of Manchester on a project collating and analysing covert networks. Prior to that, she worked in public health and health policy research environments, including policy/practice/research collaboratives (CLAHRCs) researching the uptake of knowledge into practical environments. Kathryn holds degrees from UCL (BSc Biology), Imperial College London (MSc History of Science, Technology and Medicine) and Manchester (PhD 2012). Her PhD applied ethnographic and network analytic approaches to explore power, influence and evidence use in public health policy. She is interested in the relationship between evidence and policy, the processes governing policy change and collaborative forms of research production.

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Dr Sarah Rhodes Researcher

 Sarah is a designer-maker, educator and researcher whose practice-based PhD re-framed the nature of collaboration between designers and African craft groups, illustrating how co-creational agency, through creative exchange can engender successful and equitable outcomes. 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 jewellery 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).


Lara Salinas Researcher

 Lara is a  practitioner and researcher with an interdisciplinary background in digital culture. Currently, in the Public Collaboration Lab as an Early Career Researcher in Service Design, investigating collaborations between Higher Education Institutions and local authorities in design for services.
Lara is also working towards completion of her practice-led PhD thesis The production of digital public place(s)at 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.
Her most recent research has focused on the production of hybrid physical-digital urban environments through creative and artistic interventions. Enjoys practice-based research, working in multidisciplinary and collaborative projects, facilitating knowledge exchange between academia and creative industries, and contributing to generate novel ideas.


Monica Hundal Relationship Manager

 Monica’s role 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. Promoting the Innovation Centre to the business community via events and conferences.


Suzanne Griffiths Project Manager, London Borough of Camden

Suzanne is a project manager at Camden Council, where during the last three years she has worked within Children, Schools and Families and Culture and Environment departments.  She has extensive experience in managing change projects, consultation and engagement collaborative working with partners and 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 collaborations 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.


Suzanne Marcuzzi  PCL Project Manager and Research Funding Manager, University of the Arts London

Suzanne manages support for UK research funding applications at UAL and also manages research projects. Before coming to UAL she worked as a researcher in Television Current Affairs and the BBC. She holds a PhD in the History of Political Thought and has also studied anthropology, politics and philosophy.


Dani Davies Project Co-ordinator

 Dani keeps the Design Against Crime Research Centre’s  administrative and office requirements afloat and also project manages many of its research projects (and staff). She is originally from Croatia and since living in the UK, has gained a Legal Secretarial Skills Diploma and has worked as a beauty consultant, nanny and an extra in a West End production.


Chloe Griffith Project Co-ordinator

 Chloe is the Administrator at Design Against Crime Research Centre and helps ensure the smooth running of the office, working closely with Dani Davies. She studied at Chelsea College of Art and completed a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth College of Art and continues her practice in London.


Jamie Kyle Project Assistant

Jamie handles the social media platforms and communications design for the PCL research project, DACRC and DESIS as well as supporting the team in various creative duties. He studied at University Of The Arts London completing a BA in Graphic Design and is currently practicing his craft as an Artist and illustrator in London.