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Louise Valentine

Dr Louise Valentine
PhD, FRSA, MDes, BA(Hons)

Senior Lecturer

Tel: 01382 388966
Matthew Building, DJCAD,
13 Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HT


Dr Louise Valentine is Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship for the College of Arts, Science and Engineering, UoD, and Vice President of the European Academy of Design. She was integral to the £8M Digital R&D Fund for the Arts (2011-14), supporting the development of new business models and new ways of effectively engaging with the public. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Associate Editor of The Design Journal.

In 2010-12 Louise was seconded to work on V&A Dundee, a £81M initiative, which will be an international centre for design housed in a world-class building designed by the Japanese architectural firm Kengo Kuma and Associates.  A key deliverable was securing the AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub 'Design in Action' for the University of Dundee, total project value £4.09M with value to UoD of £1.85M.

She studied Industrial Design before gaining her doctoral degree in Design Thinking  (2003) and post-doctorates in Craft, Innovation and Partnership Working. Her research focuses on design mindfulness and the value design adds when used as a leadership and performance management tool in business. She is editor of 'Prototype: Design and Craft in the 21st Century' (2013).

She is founder and director of Craft Festival Scotland (2010-), collaborating with contemporary practitioners, major public and private bodies including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Creative Scotland, National Museums Scotland, The Scottish Gallery and Dundee Contemporary Arts.

Louise delivers workshops, seminars and lectures on the theory and practice of design, research methods, agile management, innovation and enterprise, knowledge management, teamwork and visualisation within the under and graduate programmes at Duncan of Jordanstone College. Prior to an increased focus on research, she was Course Director for the multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural Master of Design programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College. She taught Design Studies (for BSc Interactive Media and Product Design programmes) and Design History, Theory and Practice programme, as both module and programme leader.

Louise examines and supervises PhD students in art, craft and design. She shared responsibility for the development of a new interdisciplinary / inter-university postgraduate programme at St Andrews University entitled 'Capitalising on Creativity', which synthesises creative and management practice.

Research Projects


Funder: Industry Academe Partnership, £150K, 2013-14
Role:     Director of Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise, UoD
Internal Collaborators: Stephen Decent

IDEAScotland™ is a business accelerator programme designed to help start-up digital economy entrepreneurs of any background or experience to attract valuable investment to build a sustainable and profitable business. The programme is sponsored and run by DC Thomson, brightsolid, the University of Abertay Dundee and the University of Dundee.


Design in Action

Funder: AHRC - £5M
Role:     Co-Investigator (2012-13) and co-author (2010-11)
Internal Collaborators: Georgina Follett, Robbie Sharpe, John McKenzie, William Slater.

Design in Action (DiA) is a knowledge exchange hub developing an effective way in which to bring agile management and interdisciplinary groups of people together to work on wicked problems and create innovative new business propositions. It seeks to harness the innately entrepreneurial capacity of Art School education with digital games design and business management to facilitate economic and cultural growth for Scotland.

DiA is a partnership between the University of Dundee, University of Abertay Dundee, St Andrews University, Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh, Grays School of Art at the Robert Gordon University and The Glasgow School of Art. It works closely with Scottish businesses and secured £1.2M in-kind investment from Industry and £400K cash from Creative Scotland. Leading British designer Sebastian Conran chairs the DiA Steering Group.

V&A Dundee

Funder: Scottish Government
Role:     Product Team Member (2010-12)
Internal Collaborators: Georgina Follett, Graham McKee, Judith Barnard.

Through V&A Museum of Design Dundee, Scotland will have a dedicated centre for showcasing and promoting excellence in design and a permanent venue committed to design that is large enough to showcase large-scale international design exhibitions. As a centre of design for Scotland, the V&A Museum of Design Dundee will highlight the importance of design in everyday life and will be a powerful advocate for investment in the highest qualities of design. It will be the catalyst for new projects, companies, institutions and initiatives across Scotland. Finally, the V&A Dundee will build on Scotland's reputation and firmly establish the country's position as a global player in design, cementing its role in the history of design. It will help attract major investments and contribute to the stimulation of Scotland's cultural and economic growth. It will be a clear statement of Scotland's place in both the history and the future of design. 

Past Present and Future Craft Practice: exploring the interrelation between skill, intent and culture.

Funder: Arts & Humanities Research Council, £442K (2005-2010)
Internal Collaborators: Georgina Follett, Bill Nixon, Frances Stevenson

This major study asks, is there a future for crafts? It conducts comparative analysis of visual and cultural aesthetics of craft based practice, addressing issues of plurality of perspectives inherent in creative thinking; develops visual methods for interrogating the process of craft practice and communication of the relation between past, present and future in crafts methodology.

Craft Festival Scotland

Funder: Creative Scotland, £32K  (2009-2010)

Craft Festival Scotland is a new arts business model for developing the economics of craft (including cultural and social value) and extending its audience(s). It is a partnership between Higher Education, Arts organisations and micro-enterprises: a strategy that unites a national community and its diversity of practices in its quest for creative, economic and social wellbeing.


Innovation and Creative Development in Scottish Craft

Funder: Scottish Arts Council: £55K (2008-2010)

This project investigates how the level of innovation within craft practice can be developed through a new bursary/residency programme. Framed in the context of craft as an economy, the study tests a new creative development framework with eight professional practitioners.

An academic paper discussing aspects of this work is available to view via Emerald EarlyCite: 

Curatorial Strategies for Contemporary Craft: Cut n Paste

Funder: Crafts Council, £5K, 2008-2009

Collaborator: Sally Reaper, SMART Consultants, Aberdeen

This study investigates the use of craft objects and curatorial strategies as effective business tools. The work explores the relationship between craft and its audience, moving away from the traditional 'white cube' environment for showcasing craft.