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Dr Elise Hodson is a design researcher and educator whose work brings together design culture and practice with a focus on global production networks and social sustainability.

As a school-wide senior tutor, Elise teaches in AcrossRCA and the Grand Challenge, two interdisciplinary and cross-programme units. She has taught on MA Design Products and is contributing to the development of MDes Design Futures. She is a member of the NEMO project (New Economic Models for the Ocean), part of the RCA’s research as a UNESCO Ocean Decade Implementing Partner.

Elise holds a PhD in communication and culture (York University, Toronto), master’s degrees in design history (Bard Graduate Center, NYC) and museum studies (University of Toronto), and a BA in classical studies (University of Ottawa).

Elise has worked for over two decades in design schools and museums, managing academic programmes and research projects, creating exhibitions, developing curricula and forming international partnerships. She has taught at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, most often on subjects related to design for social change and design culture.

Her previous roles include Chair of the School of Design at George Brown College in Canada; Program Coordinator of the post-graduate Interdisciplinary Design Strategy programme at the Institute without Boundaries; and Director of Exhibitions at the Design Exchange, Canada’s former design museum. Prior to joining the RCA, Elise was a Post-doctoral Researcher in Design Economies in the NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group at Aalto University in Finland.

Elise writes about design and global value chains, follow-the-object methods, participatory design, social impact and the value of design, design and social sustainability, design education, design history and museums.