Stuart English

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am keen to supervise students investigating methods and processes involved in design-led innovation and enterprise.
The following contexts are of particular interest:
- Health technologies, specifically self-administered treatments
- Sustainable technologies and advanced manufacturing

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Research interests

A specialist in design led innovation, Dr. Stuart English is Associate Professor at Northumbria University. As a member of the design school executive he has undertaken leadership roles as director of taught postgraduate, head of industrial design and director of enterprise and engagement and his research has contributed to all six of the University’s REF submissions (2021, 2013, 2008, 2001, 1996 and 1992). English’s work on relational problem framing has initiated new methods, new products and new IP through an inclusive approach based on design led entrepreneurship. This addresses multi and cross-disciplinary contexts bounded by clarity of market objectives, and has led to numerous new companies and filed patent in fields ranging from healthcare to packaging and exhibition systems. The concept of multiple perspective problem framing developed by English as part of a PhD by publication (2010) provides the foundation for the development of ongoing academic collaboration, new postgraduate curricula, intellectual property and commercial value for business both through contract research and CPD.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Design Studies, PhD

14 Jul 201131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 14 Jul 2011

Education, PGCE

1 Jan 199031 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Jan 1990


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