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Design Culture Research Group

This group is made up of some current or former PhD students supervised by Guy Julier and colleagues, mostly at the University of Brighton.


Hilde Bouchez

Hilde Bouchez is an anthropologist and historian of design and a lecturer in design history and design theory at Sint-Lucas, Department of Architecture, Interior-Architecture and Interior Design, Brussels/Ghent (Belgium). She has published as a researcher and design critic for several international magazines (A+U, De Architect, A+)and was founder and editor in chief of the design-magazine BEople; editor in chief of the fashion publication A Magazine. Author of Living and Working in Ghent, (1998) and Design for a new Century, (2004). Hilde was also curator of Kunststof(f), art and design exhibition in MartHa museum, Germany (2002) and curator of Temporary Residence, art and design exhibition for Lille Cultural Capital (2004).

Hilde completed her PhD in 2012, entitled 'The flow of meaning of high design in Flanders from 1980-2010, through the dynamics between producer, media and consumer’, at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


Katie Hill

Katie Hill's research interests are in the use of design processes and design thinking in the context of regeneration and community development, and the politics of those practices. With a history in both academia and consultancy, she has worked for public sector clients including a number of Local Authorities on policy development and community consultation. She is a director and advisor to several social enterprises in Leeds including Leeds Love It Share It, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Brighton.


Lina Kang

Lina Kang has a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design from the University of Brighton and an MA in Brand Development from Goldsmiths, University of London. I have worked in brand strategy with DesignFocus and Wolff Olins and have been a corresponding editor of the Korean magaine Gong Gan Sa Rang.

Her PhD research, registered at the University of Brighton, is on social innovation and service design in South Korea.


Harun Kaygan

Harun Kaygan received his BID and MSc (Industrial Design) degrees from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in 2003 and 2006, respectively. After being employed as an industrial designer for a short period of time, he worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Industrial Design at METU between 2004 and 2008. In this period, he undertook a range of teaching duties including industrial design tutorials and lectures on cultural aspects of design, especially semiological analysis and critique of consumption.

His Master's thesis was an enquiry into the ways in which the concept of nation has been utilised by the field of industrial design in Turkey to evaluate products and designers. He has since been interested in the role of design practice in the reproduction of nationality. He has published articles on everyday nationalism, national design, the design and emotion movement and visual criticism in English and Turkish; and his broader field of interest includes design theory and criticism, design culture and actor-network theory.

Harun completed his PhD in 2011 at the University of Brighton. It was entitled 'Turkish Product Design and Consumption: a material semiotic approach'. He now teaches at METU in Ankara.


Jette Lykke Jensen

Jette Lykke Jensen is a PhD Fellow in the Institute for Literature, Culture and Media, Southern University of Denmark, researching hybrids between design and art. She undertook a 6-month research fellowship at the University of Brighton in 2011.


Triin Jerlei

Triin Jerlei got her BA in Art History at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2009 and her MA in History of Design and Material Culture at the University of Brighton in 2011. Her MA dissertation focused on glass design, more specifically on the connections between Soviet Estonian and Finnish mass-produced glassware in the 20th century. She has also worked with industrial design rights and written articles on glass, crafts and contemporary design.

Currently she is writing her PhD thesis at the University of Brighton. The subject is the organisation of mass production in Soviet Estonia with the main focus on the dynamics between designers and Communist state.


Osman Sisman

After graduating from the department of philosophy of Middle East Technical University, Osman Sisman undertook a Masters in Industrial Design, METU. He has been an instructor in Anadolu University, Department of Industrial Design and is currently researching a PhD on the professionalization of industrial design in Turkey, registered at the Middle Eastern Technical University. In 2010/11 he was a Turkish government sponsored PhD fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University and then the University of Brighton.


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