Joyce Yee

Northumbria University Research Portal

I am a design researcher in the area of design and social innovation (D&SI) and innovation development. My research focuses on the role, value and impact of design in organisational context. Specifically, I am interested in the ways design is used to build innovative capacity of people and teams in organisations. I have published numerous books on this topic; most recently ‘Transformations: 7 Roles to Drive Change by Design’ which identified 7 roles in which design is used to help support organisational change. I co-founded the Designing Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific network (DESIAP), bringing together practitioners and academics to share and develop their understanding and experience in design and social innovation practice and support collective capacity building. I take a critical stance in considering how design is enacted in different cultural contexts, mindful of the situated, relational and dynamic cultural conditions in which design is applied. I have worked on a number of projects such as: identifying key conditions to enable impactful change in public and voluntary and community sector organisations; identifying the role of transformative learning as social impact in D&SI projects; exploring alternative impact evaluation models for D&SI practices.

Joyce's Projects


Creative and Cultural Districts in Thailand


Designing Social Innovation in Asia-Pacific


Valuing Design


Research Through Design conference


The T-shifting Designer

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Relationships in Design and Social Innovation


Transformations: 7 Roles to Drive Change by Design

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