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Design researcher from the Global South? We want to hear from you

At ThinkPlace we work all over the world every day, using the power and tools of design thinking to tackle some of the globe’s most complex challenges.

And we are not just believers in the power of great design to change the world, we are also advocates for building up design capability worldwide.

That’s why we are thrilled to be sponsoring a full bursary for Early Career Researchers from Global South countries at the upcoming Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019 conference in London. 

Hosted at Loughborough University between June 18 and 21 the theme of this year’s conference is “Research perspectives in the era of transformations.”

Participants will present and share ideas around themes such as Social Impact Transformation (including sessions around designing for ageing societies and designing in health systems) as well as Design, Innovation and Business and Mitigating Complexity with Design.

To be eligible applicants must submit a paper to present at the conference and have it accepted. The ThinkPlace bursary will cover.

  • conference joining fees
  • accommodation for the duration of the conference
  • economy class return travel

 “As a design network spanning eight studios around the world we are always keen to foster and grow emerging design and research talent,” says ThinkPlace Partner Nina Terrey.

“The complex challenges we face are global in nature so the methods and partnerships we use to tackle them must be global also.

It’s so important that the opportunities to share ideas, collaborate on new ways of working and connect as a design thinking community are open to a diverse range of people from all over the world.”

Researchers from ‘Global South’ countries are eligible to apply if they are:

  1. located in: Central and South America; Africa; and any country included on DAC list
  2. undertaking a full-time PhD/Master / completed a PhD/Master degree / gained employment at a University within the past five years.
  3. Already contributed supporting Academy for Design Innovation Management’s activities (e.g. facilitating the conference Tracks, undertaking paper reviews, supporting debate and poster session etc).

Applicants will need to submit a full research paper by 29 January 2019, please see the Call for Papers here

All applications must be made through the online conference management system and provide the following information:

  • Your title and name
  • Indication whether you are currently a PhD/Masters student / completed a PhD/Masters degree / gained an employment within past five years. Also, state the year you completed the PhD/Masters or gained employment.
  • Outline in less than 300 words maximum why you are applying for the full bursary
  • Your skills (200 words), how can you contribute to make the conference successful? Please relate this to one or more of the tasks listed below.
  • 2-page maximum CV uploaded as PDF


Applications will need to be submitted before Tuesday 5 February 2019

If you have any questions, please email to bursary [at]  with a subject line: Your Name: ADIM 2019 full bursaries

The expectation of the recipients of the ADIM 2019 Full Bursaries is that you will provide a supporting role during the conference such as: assisting with paper, workshop and case studies delivery sessions.


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