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Guy Julier is the author of Economies of Design (2017) and The Culture of Design (3rd Revised Edition 2014). A writer, academic and practitioner, he has over 30 years professional experience observing and researching global changes in design, economics and society. He is credited with having established Design Culture as a field of study and research.

While he was Professor of Design at Leeds Metropolitan University (2001-10), Guy Julier founded and directed DesignLeeds, a cross-disciplinary research and consultancy unit specializing in social design. He was also a co-director of LeedsLoveItShareIt, a company formed to develop and prototype new approaches to urban regeneration. In 2011 he was appointed as the Victoria & Albert Museum/University of Brighton Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design and Professor of Design Culture. At the V&A he developed new approaches to curatorship while also directing the museum's Design Culture Salon.

He has collaborated with the thinktank, Policy Connect in undertaking a UK parliamentary enquiry into design for public services. With Lucy Kimbell, he has led a number of initiatives and projects to develop cross-disciplinary thinking and methods in social design.

His other books include New Spanish Design (1991), the Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Design since 1900 (2007) and Design and Creativity:  Policy, Management and Practice (2009), co-edited with Liz Moor. Guy Julier directed the 2009 Leeds Festival of Design Activism and, in association with the Fundació Història del Disseny, convened the 2011 Design Activism and Social Change international conference in Barcelona. In 2013 he Guest Edited a special issue of Design and Culture on design activism. He was a jury member of the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño in 2016. He has been a Keynote speaker and workshop leader in much of Latin American and across Europe and has been Visiting Professor at Glasgow School of Art (2005-10) and the University of Denmark (2013-14) and Visiting Fellow at the Otago University (2009).






  • design culture
  • economies of design
  • social design
  • design activism

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Research Output

Can Design Ever Be Activist?: The Challenge of Engaging Neoliberalism Differently

Julier, G., 1 Oct 2019, Design (&) Activism: Perspectives on Design as Activism and Activism as Design. Tom, B. (ed.). Mimesis International, p. 235-245 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

Confronting bureaucracies and assessing value in the co-production of social design research

Kimbell, L. & Julier, G., 2 Jan 2019, In : CODESIGN: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COCREATION IN DESIGN AND THE ARTS. 15, 1, p. 8-23 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    30 Downloads (Pure)

    Design Culture: Objects and Approaches

    Julier, G. (ed.), Folkmann, M. N. (ed.), Skou, N. P. (ed.), Jensen, H-C. (ed.) & Munch, A. V., 21 Feb 2019

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  • Epilogue: Towards design culture as practice

    Julier, G. & Munch, A., 2019, Design Culture: Objects and Approaches. Julier, G., Munch, A. V., Folkmann, M., Jensen, H-C. & Skou, N. P. (eds.). p. 227-230 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

    Everyday Experiments at Milan Triennale

    Julier, G., 1 Mar 2019

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

  • Activities

    60 Minutes in Smart Kalasatama: six experimental performances within an experiment

    Guy Julier (Speaker)
    4 Jul 20196 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Everyday Experimenting

    Guy Julier (Organiser)
    24 May 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganization of a workshop, panel, session or tutorial

    Staying With The Problem: Social Design Practice and Research

    Guy Julier (Keynote speaker)
    19 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    The Body Politic of Design in the Age of Disorganised Capitalism

    Guy Julier (Keynote speaker)
    29 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    The 5th Nida Doctoral School Fight The Power 2019/1989: We, the Ungovernable

    Guy Julier (Visitor)
    26 Sep 201930 Sep 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther expert tasks or merit