Professor Mikko Koria appears on The Human Show podcast

Professor Mikko Koria recently featured on The Human Show podcast to discuss design, research, identity, interdisciplinarity and ethics.

Professor Mikko Koria is the Director of the Institute of Design Innovation and a Professor of Design Innovation at Loughborough University London.

Mikko introduces himself as a person who has never quite figured it out and is constantly driven by the curiosity to understand what is around the corner. From here on, Mikko discusses design innovation and its inherent interdisciplinarity. How does a designer use the co-creation tools differently from an anthropologist? How to give voice to the people who do not understand their input? How to work around different agendas and achieve a joint meaning? These are all topics debated within this episode. To conclude the discussion, Mikko reflects upon the humane qualities that might bring design practitioners one step closer to figuring out the unknown.

The Human show: Innovation through Social Science is an engaging podcast platform exploring topics such as how social scientists’ study human behaviour and how the industry innovates. The hosts speak weekly with anthropologists, other researchers, and industry specialists from all over the world. The discussions are generally focussed on the specific work and area of expertise of the guests and how this is applicable to understanding people, advances within industry and/or larger societal goals.

Whether you are a professional within business and/or academia, still completing your studies or just simply interested in these topics, this podcast promotes thought provoking ideas and provides different perspectives on mechanisms to influence policy, develop networks, increase government accountability, and promote democracy.

Professor Mikko Koria’s research has a strong focus on value creation in design innovation, through the application of design into multiple contexts involving users, organisations, ecosystems, and society at large. Alongside his vast list of accomplishments within Loughborough University London, Mikko has also worked with SME’s, start-ups and multinationals and organizations such as Red Cross, Unicef and the World Bank in the UK, Finland and Brazil.

Mikko’s key area expertise is linked to successful leadership of complex, multicultural, and multidisciplinary organisations and initiatives, combining technical and social goals. Over the last thirty years, Mikko has been widely engaged in management practice, research and teaching in various universities and the private, public and the third sectors in both industrialised countries and emerging economies.

You can listen to The Human show: Innovation through Social Science episode featuring Professor Mikko Koria here.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.