Svenja Bickert-Appleby

Tools of Transformers: How Practice Shapes Outcomes

Svenja is a part-time doctoral researcher within the Institute for Design Innovation. Svenja is a strategic designer working in the private and public sector. Her research interest was sparked by her professional work experiences and led her to critically investigate the impact of practice and the paradigms within new design approaches used in social complex challenges.

Svenja Bickert-Appleby is a strategic design and innovation consultant, researcher and entrepreneur, founder of New Order Design – Design for meaningful change, Future Flux (2014), Solostücke circular kid’s fashion and MySocialCity– city laboratory (2013) in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Her work focuses on projects and innovation that add value to society using design methods and frameworks, that enable people and organisation in the private and public sector to contribute to a shift towards societal transformation.

She set up an innovation lab inside local government as part of her work as a service design consultant for the digital social innoation agency FutureGov. As part of this work she developed solutions and social innovations and introduced new ways of working. 

Her experience of private and public sector projects and teaching in the UK, Italy and Germany gives her an international perspective. Svenja Bickert-Appleby is a commuter between not only two languages ​​and cultures, but also between aesthetics and meaning and between imagination and practicability.

PhD research description

The research will critically investigate the usage of new design practices (tools and processes) of designers working on transdisciplinary social transformative challenges in the public sector in Europe – assessing and comparing underlying worldviews & paradigms in the tools and methods used and guiding principles in those practices. Part of it will also be an analysis of the relationship between tools and culture and how this formgiving shapes structures and how those structures shape society back in turn. The key research challenges will be to observe, map and compare the usage of tools, processes and methods of the designer using practice theory. 

PhD supervisors

Svenja's PhD is supervised by Professor Mikko Koria

Awards, grants or scholarships received

2011 Goldsmiths University Postgraduate scholarship Home/EU

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