FLEX Researchers

PROFESSOR ANN LIGHT: Northumbria University
Principal Investigator

Ann Light (Small)B&WAnn is a qualitative researcher, interested in how people relate to each other in contemporary society and the impact of present/future design choices, especially those involving digital technology. An important element of her work has been looking at design globally – with projects in Ghana, India, Chile and Uganda, workshops on six continents, and a role advising the European Union on the future of the Internet.

She was at Sheffield Hallam University for several years, working closely with the four councils of South Yorkshire to research digital engagement strategies, and also holding an appointment in Drama at Queen Mary, University of London, where she devised methodology for communities to participate in designing future digital tools. She has been multiply funded under the interdisciplinary research council programmes of Designing for the 21st Century and Connected Communities. In her research, she works extensively with arts organisations, grass-roots community groups, older people and marginalised communities, focusing on meaning-making, identity, inclusion and experience of technology. She brings broad experience of interaction design practices – from beginnings in political journalism and drama teaching to recent long-term consultancy in design companies (Flow Interactive and Fjord), as well as projects with the likes of The Guardian, the BBC and the transport arm of Amey Technology. She publishes on social innovation, human-computer interaction and cross-cultural methodology.

Ann is a visiting researcher at the University of Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London.

ANDY MILLIGAN: DJCAD, University of Dundee

Andy is an interior researcher, design educator and Senior Lecturer and Director of the Interior Environmental Design programme at DJCAD (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design) and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. He is a research co-investigator in two Arts & Humanities Research Council Connected Communities, Culture and Design projects, ‘SPARKS: Social Parks Urban Green-Space as a Focus for Connecting Communities’, with Abertay University, Universities of Sheffield, Aberdeen and the West of England and ‘FLEX: Flexible Dwelling for Extended Living’ with Northern Architecture and Northumbria University. He is research co-investigator in the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and Technology Strategy Board ‘User Centred Design and Energy Efficiency in Buildings’ working with UCL / The Bartlett, Southampton and Leeds Universities and industry partners ARUP, Moixa Technologies Ltd, Vitamins, More Associates and Federal Mogul. This project aims to improve energy efficiencies and prompt behaviour change in the workplace. Andy is also a member of Artworks TRiGGER research team in the ‘Developing Practice in Participatory Settings’ linked to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, AHRC and Creativity Culture & Education.

Andy has taught at design institutions in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee and worked for the RIAS (Royal Incorporation for Architects in Scotland) and for Nicoll Russell Studios. He leads the ‘Border Crossings’ international design project alongside colleagues from DJCAD, Academy of Design Ljubljana and UNTexas. His journal publications include Co-Design and IDEA and he has published widely in spatial narratives, international curriculum, e-learning, sustainable tactics, design pedagogy and domestic utopias and exhibited in the UK, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Finland. He has been external reviewer at Milan’s Domus Academy, and external examiner at University of Lincoln, Liverpool John Moore’s University, Forth Valley College of FE & HE, and visiting lecturer at UNTexas. Andy has been involved in reviews at University of Westminster, Edinburgh College of Art and Napier University, and he initiated and is co-founder of the IFS (Interiors Forum Scotland), a national Interior research group. He is co-editor of ‘Interior Tools Interior Tactics: Debates in Interior Theory and Practice’ (2011), and ‘Thinking Inside the Box: A Reader in Interiors for the 21st Century’, (2007). He is the international GIDE co-ordinator for DJCAD.

CAROL BOTTEN: Northern Architecture, Newcastle
Project Co-Manager and Consultant

Carol Botten (Small) B&WCarol Botten is the Director of Northern Architecture, the architecture centre for the North East region which aims to educate, inspire and involve all people in the development of places and spaces. Northern Architecture run a variety of programmes, projects and events to bring together the general public and professionals, with the aim of creating a high quality built environment and in doing so improve quality of life. Carol joined the organisation in April 2009 and since then has steered it through a period of rapid change, developing a number of new strategic partnerships, projects and attracting and developing new income sources.  Carol’s background is in development within the cultural and voluntary sectors with previous roles focusing on management, fundraising and communications. She is a graduate of Newcastle University, and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from Northumbria University. Carol is also currently Chair of the Built Environment Steering Group of Durham County Council’s Altogether Greener Partnership.

LINSEY McINTOSH: DJCAD, University of Dundee

Linsey McIntosh (Small)Linsey is a lecturer on the BDes(Hons) Interior Environmental Design programme at DJCAD, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, of which she is a graduate. Linsey currently leads the year three interiors module, and she played a critical role in the organisation and promotion of the GIDE (Group for International Design Education) Dundee 2012 International Workshop & Exhibition.

In 2011, Linsey graduated from the Master of Design course at DJCAD where she developed ReTent – a service offered to music festivals incorporating the use of social media which aims to give campers an incentive to reuse their tents, rather than leave them behind on the campsite to be discarded in landfill.

Linsey has collaborated with leadership and transformation designers Taylor Haig for the Dundee Partnership, using a co-design process to work with local communities to make services better for young people in Dundee as part of the Totally Dundee project. She is also working on Project Blueprint with Angus Council and independent art and design consultancy, Ginkgo Projects, researching how the process of creative consultation within schools can have an impact upon learning environments. Linsey was also the co-ordinator of the team involved in organising Dundee’s first Global Service Jam event in 2013.

LOWRI BOND: Northern Architecture, Newcastle

Lowri Bond (Small)Lowri graduated in Fine Art from Newcastle University and has worked for various cultural organisations throughout the North East. She was appointed as Projects Officer in May 2004, having worked as Community Arts Officer for the City of Sunderland Council and Arts Development Officer for the Mid Northumberland Arts Group. Lowri manages the Community Participation Programme. She is currently in the final year of her MA in Urban Design.


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