Dr Jamie Brassett

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Reader in Philosophy, Design and Innovation Subject Leader & MA Course Leader, Innovation Management

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Jamie is Reader in Philosophy, Design and Innovation at Central Saint Martins, and Subject Leader and MA Course Director of Innovation Management. He is a Visiting Professor in the Design Department of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Dessau, Germany), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and the Higher Education Academy; he is also a member of the British Academy of Management. Jamie was awarded a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Warwick (1993), producing a thesis on Deleuze and Guattari, Kant and Bachelard, Cartographies of Subjectification, supervised by Nick Land.

Jamie has been publishing philosophical work since 1991 and has spoken nationally and internationally at conferences since 1989, chairing ‘Out of Control’, the 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion in 2012. Deleuze and Design (Edinburgh University Press) co-edited with Betti Marenko, was published in June 2015 as part of the ‘Deleuze Connections’ series. His work in this volume deals with philosophy, design, innovation and biology. Other recent publications focus on technology, style, fashion, scenario planning and speculative machines.

Jamie has also consulted for a number of commercial, public and voluntary sector organisations, and is currently Principal Consultant for Studio INTO, as well as co-founder of futures agency The Swerve.

Research interests

Creative Philosophy (especially the work of Deleuze and Guattari, together and separately); Process Philosophy (especially the work of Isabelle Stengers, Alfred North Whitehead and Étienne Souriau) and its relationship to Organisation Studies and Management Theory (especially the work of Haridimos Tsoukas, Robert Chia and Barbara Czarniawska); Creative Ontologies (especially the work of Gilbert Simondon, Michel Serres and Lucretius); Designing and creative processes; Disruption and Complexity in Innovation and its Management; Spaces, heterotopias and topologies (especially through Foucault and Bachelard); Affective Ethologies (especially the work of Spinoza, Simondon and Deleuze, and how it informs social innovation, social design and management); Philosophies of Excess (especially Lyotard of Libidinal Economy and Georges Bataille).

Research statement

My work currently crosses the boundaries of philosophy (namely materialism, process philosophy, complexity and ontology), design (regarding futures and affect) and innovation management (focussing on ethology and questions of organisation).

I have recently co-written a chapter (in press) with John O’Reilly for Philosophy of Design (Springer, 2016/17) on the work of Roman poet, philosopher and physicist Lucretius, titled ‘Collisions, Design and The Swerve’. Articles and conference papers on the Ontologies of Social Design are in the process of being reviewed. With the Routledge commissioning editor for business I am assembling an editorial team to produce a 700pp Routledge Companion to Innovation in the Creative Industries; and I am working with colleague and world-authority on superhero culture, Richard Reynolds, on preparation of a proposal for an edited volume on Superheroes and the Philosophy of Excess for Routledge Advances in Comics Series. 

Students

Current students & thesis titles

Tsuyoshi Amano, Prototyping in Business Model Innovation: Exploring the Role of Design Thinking in Business Model Development.

Mark Donoghue, The Scottish and Japanese Landscapes of Turner, Hokusai and Hiroshige from the Perspective of Deleuze.

David Preston, Design Coordination and Professionalism in British Graphic Design, 1946–1967.

Completed students & thesis titles

Betti Marenko (University of East London 2004): Body marking/body mapping: technologies of shifting subjectivity through skin shedding machines.

 

Selected research outputs

Biography

Jamie is Reader in Philosophy, Design and Innovation at Central Saint Martins, and Subject Leader and MA Course Director of Innovation Management. He is a Visiting Professor in the Design Department of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Dessau, Germany), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and the Higher Education Academy; he is also a member of the British Academy of Management. Jamie was awarded a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Warwick (1993), producing a thesis on Deleuze and Guattari, Kant and Bachelard, Cartographies of Subjectification, supervised by Nick Land.

Jamie has been publishing philosophical work since 1991 and has spoken nationally and internationally at conferences since 1989, chairing ‘Out of Control’, the 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion in 2012. Deleuze and Design (Edinburgh University Press) co-edited with Betti Marenko, was published in June 2015 as part of the ‘Deleuze Connections’ series. His work in this volume deals with philosophy, design, innovation and biology. Other recent publications focus on technology, style, fashion, scenario planning and speculative machines.

Jamie has also consulted for a number of commercial, public and voluntary sector organisations, and is currently Principal Consultant for Studio INTO, as well as co-founder of futures agency The Swerve.

Research interests

Creative Philosophy (especially the work of Deleuze and Guattari, together and separately); Process Philosophy (especially the work of Isabelle Stengers, Alfred North Whitehead and Étienne Souriau) and its relationship to Organisation Studies and Management Theory (especially the work of Haridimos Tsoukas, Robert Chia and Barbara Czarniawska); Creative Ontologies (especially the work of Gilbert Simondon, Michel Serres and Lucretius); Designing and creative processes; Disruption and Complexity in Innovation and its Management; Spaces, heterotopias and topologies (especially through Foucault and Bachelard); Affective Ethologies (especially the work of Spinoza, Simondon and Deleuze, and how it informs social innovation, social design and management); Philosophies of Excess (especially Lyotard of Libidinal Economy and Georges Bataille).