I am a designer and researcher with particular expertise in social design and policy.

My work and research explores the use of design in grappling with complex public problems – from forming policy to achieving change across systems.

In my professional life I have worked for Westminster think tank Policy Connect, cultural consultancy BOP, and social design agency Uscreates. In my PhD and academic life I try to take a more critical perspective on socially-interested design practice and discourse, finding ways to hold design to account – and articulate professional standards – in novel fields of application.

An architecture training, followed by years of working in policy research, give me a unique combination of design sensibility and approach, and a deep understanding of public organisations, their dynamics, politics and challenges.

At Uscreates, I worked with a range of public and third sector clients (including the Cabinet Office, Health Foundation, local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, the British Council, and universities) supporting them to navigate change of different kinds.

At BOP, I carried out research and evaluation projects for the Policy Lab, Design Council and ICSID. At Policy Connect I led the manufacturing, design and innovation team, building up a body of work and a platform for connecting around design policy – those areas of mutual interest to design and politics.

My PhD is supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s ‘Design Star’ Doctoral Training Programme. Based at the University of Brighton, my research examines and critiques the growing trend of design being used as a strategic tool by governments, to support the development of practice in this field. In 2014 I was a Visiting Scholar at the V&A, working on a project for the AHRC, mapping social design research and practice.

I trained as an architect at Cambridge University, and have an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck College (University of London).

If you’d like to get in touch you can find me on twitter @JocelynABailey, or connect here:

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