AHRC Design and Policy Network Workshop: Tensions and Resistance

AHRC Design and Policy Network Workshop: Tensions and Resistance

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University of the Arts London

272 High Holborn



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This roundtable workshop will explore the tensions that can occur when introducing design into public policy.

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Design and Policy Network Workshop: Tensions and Resistance

15 June 2022, 12:00 - 14:00

Online and in person (limited places available)

University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EY

Organised by the Social Design Institute at University of the Arts London (UAL) and University of Manchester

The Design and Policy Network brings together researchers in design, the humanities, political science with practitioners in government and public policy and design. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the network is based jointly at the University of the Arts London and in the politics department at the University of Manchester and will run for 18 months between May 2022-November 2023.

We invite researchers and PhD students in studies of design, political science, public administration, the humanities and practitioners working in public policy, public services and related organisations such as thinktanks to engage, discuss, explore potential collaborations and develop new understandings of the potential and limitations of design in public policy.

In this, the first of four workshops presented by the Network, the tensions and challenges of adopting design practices and methodologies within public policy formation will be examined. The session will be co-chaired by Professor Lucy Kimbell, UAL, and Professor Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, who jointly convene the network and will include invited provocations from three speakers.


  • Introductions
  • Scene setting
  • Invited provocations from: Professor Paul Cairney (University of Stirling), Dr Carla Groom (Deputy Director for Behavioural Science, Department for Work & Pensions) and Professor Ann Light (University of Sussex/ Malmo University).
  • Roundtable discussion

Limited capacity is available for in person participation. Please only book your place if you can attend.

Learn more about the AHRC Design and Policy Network.


We have a small fund to cover reasonable UK travel expenses for a limited number of participants (including to/from London) to enable in-person participation in the workshop.

Travel expenses will be allocated on first-come-first-served basis, and priority will be given to PhD students and those who would otherwise find it difficult to fund their travel to London.

If you would like to take up this opportunity please let us know in advance by emailing socialdesigninstitute@arts.ac.uk by Monday 6 June. Please provide details of where you will be travelling from including the mode of transport. Funds to cover expenses will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis until funds last.


Anyone planning to attend the event in person should ensure they are familiar with the latest rules and guidance issued by the UK government regarding COVID-19 and should not act contrary to such rules and guidance.

We recommend that you take a lateral flow test before attending the event. Wearing masks will be optional but not compulsory.

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