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Dr Alison Prendiville

Senior Researcher, Design School
London College of Communication
Alison  Prendiville


Dr. Alison Prendiville is an award-winning educator with extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level encompassing service, product and strategic design. She is currently a Senior Researcher for the Design School at London College of Communication.

Alison has been involved in a number of research projects up to European level and is currently Deputy Director for the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D).

On completing her Masters in Design Management from the Royal College of Art in 1991, Alison worked commercially with a number of design-led companies, David Mellor Design and Artek before entering academia. Funded by Thorn Transit Systems International (now part of Cubic), her doctoral research (awarded in 2001) was interdisciplinary, linking engineering specification to design, service management theory and practice.

In parallel with her PhD she was a researcher on the EU Framework IV Programme MIMIC (Modality, Inter-modality and Interchange).

The MDes Service Design Innovation course links two major universities; London College of Communication and Cranfield University. Consequently, teaching is actively directed towards engaging with different disciplines and C4D is a catalyst to facilitate educational workshops and projects with scientists and industry in areas such as nanotechnology, medical healthcare devices and open-data and public sector innovation.

In addition, Alison supervises and examines PhDs in the following subject areas: Design for Services, Design Management, Public Sector Innovation, Design Process, Design and Sustainability, Design Theory and Practice and Social Software Agents.

She has also presented papers at numerous academic conferences on subjects such as transport, design, service design and design education and is an Associate of The Higher Education Academy (HEA), a member of the R&D Society, a Fellow of the RSA and a member of Materials and Design Exchange (MaDE).

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View the MA Service Design course page.