Keynote 13: Ethics and Design Research

19th November 2018, 6pm


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This LDoc Keynote event will be unpacking and debating issues and challenges design faces when dealing with ethics. A panel composed of Professor Rachel Cooper, David Watson and Olivia Walker will be discussing the different ends and directions design can generate in terms of ethical responsibilities to take in the decision making process as well as in the development and hand over of product, service and strategies that expose the public to unethical situations. What are the implications that design needs to consider to support and foster ethical etiquette?


The discussion will take place in the Rootstein Hopkins East Space, London College of Fashion, at 20 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0BJ.


The event will start at 6pm, with a drinks reception from 7.30pm to which all are welcome.




About the speakers


Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper OBE is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She was founding Director of ImaginationLancaster. Her research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books ‘ The Handbook of Design Management’, ‘Designing Sustainable Cities’,’The Handbook of Wellbeing and the Environment’ and  Living in Digital Worlds; designing the digital public space’. She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility. She was founding editor of The Design Journal and also founding President of the European Academy of Design. She is currently President of the Design Research Society.


Olivia Walker

As part of a global team, Olivia leads the development of Bosch’s work globally with cities on mobility and is based in London. Prior to that, she was a consultant for 12 years advising large corporates on how long-term macro trends such as urbanisation and connectivity would disrupt traditional industries. An active participator in the debate and work on how we can achieve safe, clean and accessible travel in cities, Olivia has a strategic understanding of urban mobility and associated business models.


David Watson

David Watson is doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford and an enrichment student at The Alan Turing Institute. He received his MSc from the Oxford Internet Institute in 2015, studying under the supervision of Professor Luciano Floridi. He went on to become a Data Scientist at Queen Mary University’s Centre for Translational Bioinformatics before returning to Oxford for his DPhil in 2017. He has written on a wide variety of topics, including quantum cosmology, crowdsourcing in the natural sciences, and efficient algorithms for unsupervised cluster detection. His current research is devoted to interpretable machine learning for high-dimensional systems in the social and life sciences. In addition to his academic work, David is a regular contributor to The Economist, where he writes articles and builds models for the Graphic Detail and Game Theory blogs.


Laura Ferrarello (convenor)

Dr Laura Ferrarello is designer, architect and researcher; she is Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art (RCA) where she leads the MRes Design Pathway in the School of Design. Laura’s research and practice focus on design strategies that foster social interactions, engagement and participation. Laura’s research interests include the impact/influence of ethics, politics, economy and technology in society. She holds a PhD in Architectural Design, from IUAV, University of Venice, which analyses the relationship between architectural design and politics in terms of social engagement and political propaganda.

At the RCA Laura works across teaching and research; recent research projects include the Foresight Review on Design for Safety and the Safety Grand Challenge, commissioned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, and the “Human Communication Mediated by Artificial Intelligence” research project funded by Fujitsu. Laura practiced as an architect and designer in Rome, Los Angeles and London between 2006 and 2013. She participated in the 2004 Sao Paolo Architectural Biennale “Living the City”, 2006 10th Venice Architectural Biennale; she designed the catalogue of the 2008 Beijing Architectural Biennale. Laura is author and co-autheor of papers and articles published nationally and internationally.