Dr Jen Ballie, Primary Investigator
Research Fellow, The Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art

Jen is a designer and researcher whose design journey began within the discipline of textile design but quickly became interdisciplinary drawing upon user experience, interaction and service design. Jen was awarded her PhD from the University of the Arts, London (2014). Her practice based research titled ‘e-Co-Textile design’ applied the concept of ‘fashion activism’ to explore how textile design and making, might be combined with social and digital media tools, to pilot alternative fast fashion models and promote sustainability.

Jen has designed collaborative projects and piloted them with retailers Marks and Spencer and ASOS and showcased work within the London Design Festival and Victoria and Albert Museum, London alongside consulting on projects for Zero Waste Scotland and the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. Jen also contributes to the Global Service Design Jam’s each year and has participated within Make-a-thon’s at IDEO, London. In her spare time, Jen is volunteer coordinator for Fashion Revolution in Scotland, an online global movement initiated to raise awareness about ethics in the fashion industry.


Dr Paul Smith, Co-Investigator
Research Fellow, The Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art

Dr Paul Smith is a designer and Research Fellow at the Institute of Design Innovation in the Design School of the Glasgow School of Art. His current work focuses on creative engagement of citizens in the design and development of solutions to real world problems and creating a more open, innovative and locally active society.

Paul holds master’s degrees in Computer Aided Product Development (2006) and Additive Manufacturing (2008), and holds a PhD in Computer Aided Generative Design (2011) awarded for his work as part of the Additive Manufacturing Research Group at Lancaster University.

His research interests include: open design, citizen innovation, participatory design, the circular economy, digital fabrication technologies and new models of enterprise. He is also interested in research that explores the role of digital manufacturing technology in renewal and regeneration, especially in remote regions and on traditional making practices.


Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie, Co-Investigator
Programme Director, The Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art

Lynn-Sayers McHattie is a designer and researcher with over 20 years experience in the Creative Industries. She is Design Director for Post Graduate Research and the Creative Campus practice-based Cohort in the Highlands & Islands.
As well as overseeing the Bag O’ Clews and Innovation from Tradition programme of work, she was Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded Knowledge Exchange Hub Design in Action (DiA) in the focal area of wellbeing.


Dr Michael Pierre Johnson
Research Fellow, The Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art

Michael is a post-doctoral design research fellow experienced in ethnographic research and design-led approaches to inform product, digital, service and organisational innovation. His research interests are on making the effects and viability of design innovation approaches, and the preferable changes they seek to serve, more explicit within increasingly complex collaborative contexts.


Zoë Prosser
Postgraduate Research Student, The Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art

Zoë is a postgraduate research student and intern at the Institute of Design Innovation. Coming from a background in Product Design, her current research focuses upon the application of social design practices within the emerging phenomena of community landownership in Scotland. With a particular focus on community engagement, participatory design and action research, Zoë is also applying this methodology within the institute of GSA itself by investigating the relationship between student experiences and teaching and learning.