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Dr Justine Carrion-Weiss

Postgraduate Associate

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Justine is currently working part-time as a Senior Assistant Researcher as part of the Responsible Innovation Hub (ReIn, pronounced ‘rain’) at the School of Design. As part of ReIn, she utilises design as a means to bring people together (academics, organisations, communities and members of the public) to collaborate and address complex situations and systemic difficulties faced by society and organisations. Her aim, as part of ReIn, is to use design as a way to uncover systems that make life unjust and unfair to some, and create fairer futures. 

Since 2018, she has had various role at the School of Design; Innovator-in-Residence (2018-2019), Lecturer for MA Design & MA Fashion courses (2019-2020) and Senior Researcher for Creative Fuse North East (2023). 

Outside Northumbria, Justine's designerly endeavours continue in her role as Design Innovation Lead & Director of The Blooming Platypus, a Design Innovation agency based in Newcastle.  

From France, Justine first joined Northumbria as a student in 2014 as part of her Erasmus exchange. She has since completed her MA in Multidisciplinary Innovation (2016) and PhD in Design Innovation & Industrial Design (2022). 

Justine Carrion-Weiss

Justine’s research is especially focused in the role of design as a catalyst for growth, learning, and positive change. Her current research spans across: 

  • Revealing patterns that make current systems unjust and unfair through design-led approaches, 
  • Handling disputes, navigating tensions and facilitating conversations through design, 
  • The role of design in enhancing creative confidence, entrepreneurial agency and resilience in creatives.  

Justine’s doctoral study explored Rapid Design Interventions outcomes as well as the nuances of design-driven and design-led approaches. The former is about building an innovation strategy for an organisation that leads to products and services that have a radical new meaning for customers. The latter is about working closely with organisations and stakeholders to understand their potential futures and create a strategy to achieve their vision. 

Her doctoral research emerged whilst working closely with SME owners and sole traders as part of her Innovator-in-Residence role at Northumbria, where she co-designed and delivered rapid and intense design-led interventions to support organisations with innovation. These interventions were part of Get Ready To Innovate (GRTI), a programme delivered in the UK through Creative Fuse North East (2017-2019; 2020-on-going), in Armenia through the British Council Creative Spark project in partnership with the American University of Armenia (2018-2019), and in the US (2020-2021) in partnership with Cornell University and funded by the IIE Centennial Fellowship. 

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Towards an understanding of Rapid Design Interventions outcomes on participants and organisations, Carrion-Weiss, J. 16 Dec 2022
  • Design Listening: what designers hear and how they respond, Carrion-Weiss, J., Bailey, M., Spencer, N. 7 Dec 2022, [ ] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes, Singapore, Springer
  • Design-led Innovation Readiness: priming micro SMEs for strategic innovation, Arakelyan, A., Carrion-Weiss, J., Carter, A., Bailey, M., Spencer, N. 2022, In: Design Management Journal
  • Multidisciplinary innovation Armenia: explorations in design-led multidisciplinary enterprise education, Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Carrion-Weiss, J., Arakelyan, A. 8 Sep 2022, DS 117: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2022), London South Bank University in London, UK. 8th - 9th September 2022, The Design Society
  • Three degrees of influence in virtual workshops: towards an understanding of co-creative facilitation practice in technologically mediated settings, Hemstock, O., Bailey, M., Spencer, N., Simmons, H., Coombs, S., Carrion-Weiss, J., Richardson, C. 25 Jun 2022, Proceedings of DRS2022 Bilbao, London, Design Research Society
  • Innovation Constellations as a systems approach to social design infrastructuring, Spencer, N., Simmons, H., Bailey, M., Hemstock, O., Carrion-Weiss, J. 20 Jul 2022, In: Academic Design Management Conference Proceedings
  • Novice facilitators as creative catalysts in innovation support, Lampitt Adey, K., Bailey, M., Carrion-Weiss, J., Gibbons, F. 2 Nov 2020, Design revolutions: IASDR 2019 Conference Proceedings. Volume 4: Learning, Technology, Thinking., Manchester Metropolitan University Press

  • Design Studies PhD May 24 2023
  • Design Studies MA September 01 2016
  • Modern Languages BA July 01 2015


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