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Dr Leila Sheldrick


  • Dr Leila Sheldrick
  • Area

    School of Design


    Head of Programme (Imperial College London)

  • Leila is joint Head of Programme for Global Innovation Design, run in partnership between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. She is an experienced designer and lecturer in the Dyson School of Design Engineering at ICL, where her academic research interests explore sustainable design and how materiality and emerging technology can be harnessed within design engineering. Within this field, her research centres on the role of the designer and how they will work in, and for, the future.

  • Biography

  • Originally graduating with an MEng in Product Design and Manufacturing Engineering from Loughborough University, Leila went on to spend a year at the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden where she studied Industrial Design and Design Thinking as a postgraduate. After this she spent a number of years working as a design engineer in various roles and contexts, where she was able to take a wide range of products from concept to production, including designing accessories ranges for Triumph Motorcycles, developing new LED Luminaires, and working with Engineers without Borders on designing and building ambulances in rural Zambia.

    After this time in industry, she returned to academia to gain her PhD in Sustainable Design Futures and undertake both teaching and research within the Centre for Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies at Loughborough University, working as part of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability. Leila joined Imperial in 2015 to help build and grow the new Dyson School of Design Engineering.

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  • Research students

  • Yoony Choi