Lucy Kimbell


Lucy is a designer, researcher and educator. As a fellow at The Young Foundation, Lucy brings design expertise to The Young Foundation’s work on social innovation and social venturing. Recent contributions include developing a participatory design approach within the European-funded EMAPS issue mapping project and supporting social entrepreneurs to develop their ventures through The Young Foundation’s Accelerator programme. She has lead numerous workshops which bring managers and entrepreneurs together with other specialists, including designers and ethnographers. She is co-author of the Social Design Methods Menu, which makes these approaches and methods accessible to managers and entrepreneurs.

Lucy is an associate fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford, where she has been teaching design and design management to MBAs since 2006 including her MBA elective in Designing Better Futures. Her writing on design includes book chapters, papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference papers. Lucy is a regular keynote speaker on design topics in particular service design and the role of design in organisations.

She also co-curates the Social Design Talks series, jointly organized with Policy Connect, the University of Brighton and the Victoria and Albert Museum, a platform for reflecting critically on the use of design-based approaches in public policy and social innovation.

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