I work as a designer, researcher and educator. This website mostly focusses on my artwork, which I am doing less of these days, and my written publications.

My background is a mixture of consulting in design innovation, especially in digital/services, and teaching and research. Since 2005 I have taught an MBA elective on Designing Better Futures at Said Business School, University of Oxford, where I am associate fellow. This remains one of few such courses in any management school. During 2014, I am working part-time as principal research fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, researching new post-graduate courses. I am also a part-time principal research fellow at the University of Brighton jointly leading a study on Mapping Social Design Research and Practice for the AHRC.

In my practice and research I am involved in exploring ways to bring design approaches to organisational problems and community challenges. In 2012 I published online a toolkit I use in my teaching, the Social Design Methods Menu. I have about 15+ years' experience of leading design teams working for the public sector and media as well as for organisations such as Vodafone, Deutsche Bank and Metropolitan Housing. Through my consultancy Fieldstudio Ltd, I design and facilitate large (up to 100 people) workshops for entrepreneurs and innovators to try out design thinking and service design. I'm particularly interested in the role of design approaches in social innovation and entrepreneurship, and I co-curate the Social Design Talks which started in 2012.

Previously I was head of social design at the Young Foundation, London, where among other things I lead YF's contribitions to the European Commission Framework 7 research project on mapping controversies, EMAPS. In addition I am an associate at The Policy Lab (Boston). I have also worked as a journalist including at BBC World Service.

Conference keynotes include the IIT Design Research Conference (2013), International Association of Societies of Design Research (2011), Service Design Network (2010), Design Management Institute (2010), and Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (2008). I publish in peer-reviewed journals on design thinking and service design, as well as trying to find ways to make academic work more digestible to wider publics. I am also involved in helping develop curricula in design/innovation and as an external for academic reviews and validations such as at Eindhoven Academy of Design, Parsons The New School for Design and the Royal College of Art. 

My artwork has been shown internationally including at TEDGlobal 2011 and in the interdisciplinary exhibition Making Things Public (2005) curated by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel. I originally studied engineering design and appropriate technology, then a masters in digital arts, and my PhD developed an inventive practice perspective on designing.

2013 PhD Design, Lancaster University
1996 MA Computing in Art and Design, Centre for Electronic Arts, Middlesex University
1989 B. Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology, Warwick University
Lucy Kimbell (UK)
What I do
I do research, analysis, writing and strategic design particularly in service innovation. I very occasionally make and show participatory/live/digital artworks. I'm an associate fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Contact me
My email is the word hello, followed by the @ sign, followed by the domain name of this website ie lucykimbell.com

Research blog: Design leads us where exactly? www.designleadership.blogspot.com

Teaching blog: MBA elective in Designing Better Futures

Social Design Talks blog which I co-curate with Guy Julier (V&A, University of Brighton) and Jocelyn Bailey.

See my academic writing here

List of exhibitions and performances
Follow me on twitter @lixindex
Close up from Free Evaluation Service, 2004