Dr Michael Pierre Johnson
PhD Design Innovation, BDes (Hons) Product Design
Dr Michael Pierre Johnson is a post-doctoral design researcher, with experience in ethnographic research and design-led approaches to inform product, digital, service and organisational innovation. His research centres on making the effects and viability of design innovation approaches, and the preferable changes they seek to serve, more explicit within increasingly complex social design contexts.
Michael’s AHRC-funded PhD, Mapping Design Things: making design explicit in the discourse of change, was awarded in 2016, and was supported as part of the knowledge exchange hub, Design in Action.
By combining an actor-network theory approach with grounded theory analysis, Michael is exploring methodologies of visual mapping to support reflexive discourse between designers and multi-disciplinary collaborators, framing design as a performative act. This research aims to contribute to core areas of co-design theory and methodologies, while supporting the articulation and evaluation of co-design practice.
You can read more about Michael’s work at: radar.gsa.ac.uk