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Dr Stephen T Green


  • Dr Stephen T Green, IDE Joint Head of Programme (Imperial)
  • Area

    School of Design


    Head of Programme (Imperial)

  • Stephen is joint Head of Programme for Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) and a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London with over 30 years experience in design consultancy and higher education. At the Dyson School he has a strategic role in developing the Design Engineering subject area within one of the World’s leading science and technology institutions.  Previously he has held design education leadership roles at Brunel and Ravensbourne Universities. He is an elected Board Member of the British Industrial Design Association and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

  • Biography

  • As a design consultant, Stephen was part of the team designing and obtaining worldwide patents for the world’s first large-scale production of injection moulded suitcases for Samsonite, which have subsequently sold in millions. Other experience covers work in a diverse range of industry sectors, resulting in a number of award-winning design projects: The British Design Award in 1993 for computer products, a Designers and Art Directors Silver award in 1998 for a range of Suitcases, and a Business Week award in 2002 for public conveniences. More recently Stephen was a Client Director at Fitch, part of the WPP group and one of the largest global design consultancies. Clients here included TfL, Diagio, Westminster City Council, Liverpool City Council and West London Business.

    Prior to joining Imperial College, Stephen was Director of Teaching and Learning for undergraduate and postgraduate design at Brunel University. Other academic roles during his 12 years at Brunel included being Director of the MSc Integrated Product Design Programme. Throughout his career Stephen has placed considerable emphasis on the benefits of close collaboration between industry and universities.  At Brunel and Ravensbourne he has led many collaborative projects including work with the BBC, Nokia, Mitsubishi, Kodak, the Tate Modern, Marks and Spencer, Jaguar Landrover, BT, Sony and many others. At Brunel Stephen established and led the Co-Innovate initiative, a multi-million pound programme, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund to set up links between companies in the London region with the research and practical resources available within Brunel University London. Previous work within higher education includes six years leading the 3D Design programmes at Ravensbourne University. 

    Stephen is also active in design research, working on research funded by AHRC, EPSRC and JISC on projects involved with exploiting the value of design through emerging professional practice. In particular, open and collaborative design, design led innovation and methodologies for the better understanding of design impact. He is currently leading the development of a digital learning platform for Imperial college based on enhanced visualisation and collaboration in project based activities.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

    • Green, S.T., Page, F., De’Ath, P., Pei, E. and Lam, B. (2019) 'VUCA Challenges on the Design-Engineering student spectrum', Proceedings of the 21st Engineering and Product Design Education Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 12–13 September 2019.
    • Choi, Y., Na, J., Lam, B., Walters, A., Boult, J., Jordan, P. and Green, S.T. (2018) 'Design for Social Value: Using design to improve the impact of CSR', Journal of Design Research, 16 (2), 155–174.
    • Na, J., Choi, Y., Walters, A., Lam, B. and Green, S.T. (2017) 'Creating a Tool for Measuring the Social Value of Design', Design for Next: 12th EAD Conference, Rome. 6–14 April 2017.
    • Tsimiklis, P., Ceschin, F., Green, S.T., Qin, SF., Song, J., Baurley, S., Rodden, T. and Makatsoris, C. (2015) 'A Consumer-Centric Open Innovation Framework for Food and Packaging Manufacturing', International Journal of Knowledge and Systems Science, 6 (3), 52–69.
    • Chapman, C., Green, S.T. and Ward, A., (2015) (eds) Thirty Thousand Hours of Collaborative Innovation, London: Brunel University London Press. 
    • Brown, M., Tsai, A., Bauley, S., Koppe, T., Lawson, G., Martin, J., Coughlan, T., Elliot, M., Green, S.T. and Arunachalam, U. (2014) 'Using Cultural Probes to Inform the Design of Assistive Technologies','Using Cultural Probes to Inform the Design of Assistive Technologies', Human-Computer Interaction. Theories, Methods, and Tools. Vol 8510. Springer, 35–46.
    • Green, S.T., Southee, D. and Boult, J. (2014) 'Towards a Design Ontology', The Design Journal, 17 (4), 515–537.
    • Green, S.T., Young, M. and Boult, J. (2012) 'Mapping Design Process and Radar Analysis of Design Activities' In: Buck, L., Frateur, G., Ion, W., McMahon, C., Baelus, C., De Grande, G., Verwulgen, S. (eds) Design Education for Future Wellbeing, Proceedings of the 14th Engineering and Product Design Education Conference, Institution of Engineering Designers, 103-108.
    • Green, S.T. (2010) 'Enhancing Enterprise in Undergraduate Design Major Projects' In: Enhancing Enterprise in Undergraduate Design Major Projects, January 2010. London: Brunel University, 1–77. 
    • Green, S.T. (2009) 'London Design Map: Design Schools In Creating a Better World', In: Clarke, A., McMahon, C., Ion, W., Hogarth, P. (eds) Proceedings of the 11th Engineering and Product Design Education Conference, Institution of Engineering Designers 2009, 55–60.
  • Awards and Grants

  • 2018

    • Principle Investigator, Visualisation and Collaboration Platform, Pedagogy Transformation project funded by Imperial College
    • Principle Investigator, New Foundations for Good Nutrition, Jointly funded by Innovate UK and A&B Corp.
    • Project Leader, Bridging the Gap, Jointly funded Brunel and ERDF programme to establish 45 start-up businesses employing >60 from amongst Brunel and regional HE network alumni. 
    • Project Leader, Co-Innovate, follow up programme jointly funded by Brunel and ERDF to establish research collaborations with 240 London SMES and 120 ventures 
    • Co-Investigator, Measuring Social Values of Design in the Commercial Sector (SVOD), exploratory study to define the research challenges and opportunities for models and tools.  Funded by AHRC
    • Co-Investigator, Prototyping Open Innovation Models for ICT-Enabled Manufacturing in Food and Packaging (Open Food), Developing and prototyping concepts for crowd-sourcing innovations in the food and packaging industries, Co-Investigator, Funded by EPRSC
    • Co-Investigator, Stories of User Appropriation (SOUP), Developing methods for designers, apps and an online innovation platform for using design-drama techniques in the design of interventions for people with dementia. In collaboration with Nottingham University and the Digital Horizons project. Funded by AHRC
    • Project leader, Co-Innovate, Design led innovation KE initiative to support 150 London SMEs over 2 years. Jointly funded by EU ERDF and Brunel University.
    • Co-Investigator, COINED, Research and Development for a student IP platform in collaboration with the University of the Creative Arts, Co-Investigator. Funded by JISC 
    • Principle Investigator, London Design Map, A consultancy research project with the London Development Agency leading to an online interactive map showcasing the asset of 26 London Design Schools. 


Research interests

Research interests include the evolving methods, methodologies and professional practice of design; in particular within collaborative design and open innovation, the understanding of design impact, the implementation of branding, design for external environments and product service systems.