Exploring the value of design.

Dr Anna Whicher

(Co-Investigator) Head of Policy

PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University

My main research interest is in developing, implementing and evaluating policies using design methods with users and stakeholders. As Head of Design Policy, I am responsible for developing partnerships, conducting research, engaging users in co-creating policies and evaluating impact for government, innovation agencies, sector councils and trade associations in the UK, across Europe and around the world. In 2017, I was awarded an AHRC Policy Fellowship to explore how design research could enhance citizen engagement at different stages of the policy process.

I have supported a range of design policy developments at regional level in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wallonia, Flanders, Rhone-Alps, Central Macedonia, Silesia, at national level in Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Republic of Georgia, Ukraine, Thailand and Singapore as well as engaging regularly with the European Commission and European Central Bank.

In addition, I am a member of the AHRC Public Policy Advisory Group, European Commission’s H2020 Reviewer Team, Bureau of European Design Associations, Associate Parliamentary Group for Design and an accredited Master Trainer for the Service Design Network. I have a PhD from Cardiff Met in Design and Innovation Policy in Europe, an MSc in European Public Policy from University College London and a BA in History and French (First Class Honours) from University of Reading.