Socially Responsive Design, University of the Arts London

Adam Thorpe is based at Central Saint Martins where he is Creative Director of the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub and the Design Against Crime Research Centre and co-ordinator of the University of the Arts London’s (UAL) Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS) Lab. His research activities are practice-based and explore the role of design in meeting societal goals and challenges. He has written extensively on design led open innovation approaches to generating social benefit and has contributed to the development of research methodologies that seek to maximize stakeholder value through application of open and participatory socially responsive processes. Adam has directed delivery of award winning practice based and practice led research projects that have been celebrated as exemplars of social impact, and have led to the licensing of designs and the creation of commercial and social enterprises.  As UAL DESIS Lab co-ordinator, Adam works with students and community groups to co-design products and services that promote sustainable ways of living and facilitate socially beneficial behaviour change.  He is also Co-founder of clothing brand Vexed Generation, and design consultancy Vexed Design (1993-present) pioneers in socially responsive clothing and product design, with a focus on ‘Urban Mobility’. 

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