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Dr Joyce Yee

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

I am a design researcher, author and designer in the areas of design and social innovation, service design and interaction design. I currently hold the post of Associate Professor at Northumbria University and is the Head of Communication Design in the School of Design. I hold a BFA in Graphic Design, an MA in Visual Communication and a PhD in Design. I lead the subject development in the school at various undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. I primarily teach undergraduate Interaction Design students and supervise a number of doctoral students in the subject of service design, design and social innovation and emergent interaction design practices.

My research focuses on the role, value and impact of design in organisational context. Specifically, I am interested in the ways design is used to support, enable and drive change through the creation of innovative practices in organisations. I was the lead investigator for the Valuing Design project, an AHRC funded research that identified and mapped the impact and value of design in public and voluntary and community sector organisations. Building on this work, my 2017 book, Transformations: 7 Roles to Drive Change by Design introduces 7 roles that design play in driving change in organisations. This book builds on a previous book, Design Transitions (2013) that explored how design practices are changing and identified a key requirement for designers to externalise their approaches and demonstrate value beyond design in service innovation projects. 

Extending my interest in design in social spaces, I co-founded the Design and Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific network (DESIAP) with Yoko Akama at RMIT, Australia. DESIAP (previously funded by the AHRC Research Network grant) is a research platform, a community of practice, and a network for collaboration and ongoing knowledge sharing for various practitioners, researchers, communities, and professionals working in the Social Innovation space in the UK and the Asia-Pacific region. I also co-founded the inaugural Research Through Design (RTD) conference with Jayne Wallace as an experimental conference series for disseminating practice-based design research.

Campus Address

Squires Annexe, Room 108
City Campus
Newcastle
NE1 8ST

Qualifications

Design Studies PhD September 01 2003

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Joyce’s research focuses on the role, value and impact of design in organisational context. Specifically, she is interested in the ways design is used to support, enable and drive change through the creation of innovative practices in organisations. She was the lead investigator for the Valuing Design project, an AHRC funded research that identified and mapped the impact and value of design in public and voluntary and community sector organisations. Building on this work, she has recently published a book, Transformations which introduces 7 roles that design play in driving change in organisations. Her previous book, Design Transitions explored how design practices are changing and identified a key requirement for designers to externalise their approaches and demonstrate value beyond design in service innovation projects. Extending her interest in design in social spaces, she co-founded the Design for Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific network (DESIAP) with Yoko Akama. DESIAP (currently funded by the AHRC Research Network grant) is a research platform, a community of practice, and a network for collaboration and ongoing knowledge sharing for various practitioners, researchers, communities, and professionals working in the Social Innovation space in the UK and the Asia-Pacific region.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Special Issue: Embracing Plurality in Designing Social Innovation Practices, Akama, Y., Yee, J. 1 Mar 2019, In: Design and Culture
  • Transformative Learning as Impact in Social Innovation, Yee, J., Raijmakers, B., Ichikawa, F. 2019, In: Design and Culture
  • Social Hierarchy in Design and Social Innovation, Tjahja, C., Yee, J. 25 Jun 2018, Proceedings of DRS2018, London, Design Research Society
  • Interaction Design, Steane, J., Yee, J. 25 Jan 2018
  • Design and Social Innovation Research Network, Yee, J., Akama, Y., Lawson, R., Tjahja, C. 7 Dec 2017
  • Research Through Design: Twenty-First Century Makers and Materialities, Durrant, A., Vines, J., Wallace, J., Yee, J. 6 Jul 2017, In: Design Issues
  • Objects of Design, Tjahja, C., Yee, J., Aftab, M. 7 Jun 2017, Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017, The Design Society
  • The researcherly designer/the designerly researcher, Yee, J. 26 Jan 2017, Practice-based Design Research, London, UK, Bloomsbury
  • Transformations: 7 Roles to Drive Change by Design, Yee, J., Jefferies, E., Michlewski, K. Jan 2017
  • Seeking stronger plurality: Intimacy and integrity in designing for social innovation, Akama, Y., Yee, J. 21 Nov 2016, Cumulus Hong Kong 2016

PGR Supervision

  • Cyril Tjahja Reorienting and Sustaining Design and Social Innovation: Insights from Asia-Pacific Practices Start: 01/10/2015
  • Anthony Forsyth Applied poetics – a theoretical and practical investigation of meaning in functional, designed artefacts with special reference to consumer lighting and solid-state technologies. Start: 12/11/2013
  • Viola Petrella Start: 01/10/2018
  • Christopher Wilson Re-appropriation of laser cutting technology for use in relief printmaking. Start: 01/04/2014
  • Mark Green Design interventions: Revealing, initiating and sustaining communities of design practice within organisations Start: 23/03/2016


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