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Dr Jamie Brassett

Reader in Philosophy, Design and Innovation
Central Saint Martins
Researcher Research
Jamie  Brassett


I am Reader in Philosophy, Design and Innovation at University of the Arts London and Programme Research Director at Central Saint Martins. I am also a Visiting Professor in the Design Department of Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Dessau, Germany) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; as well as also a member of the British Academy of Management. Until February 2019, I led the MA Innovation Management at CSM, a course I started in 2008.

I was awarded a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Warwick (1993), producing a thesis on Deleuze and Guattari, Kant and Bachelard, called 'Cartographies of Subjectification', which was supervised by Dr Nick Land. I have been publishing philosophical work since 1991 and speaking 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) was a collection I co-edited with Betti Marenko and published in June 2015 as part of the ‘Deleuze Connections’ series. My work for this volume dealt with philosophy, design, innovation and complexity biology. Other recent journal articles and book chapters focus on technology, style, fashion, scenario planning, superheroes, anticipation, photography and speculative machines.

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

Research interests
My work currently crosses the boundaries of ontology, futures studies (especially Anticipation), creative practice, ethics and social and political design. With these specific examples to highlight:

• Creative Philosophy;
• Process Philosophy;
• Creative Ontologies;
• Designing and creative processes;
• Disruption and Complexity in Innovation and its Management;
• Spaces, heterotopias and topologies;
• Relational Ethics;
• Philosophies of Excess;
• Superheroes.

I have recently co-written with John O’Reilly a chapter for a collection of essays called 'Advancements in the Philosophy of Design' (Springer, 2018) on the work of Roman poet, philosopher and physicist Lucretius, titled ‘Collisions, Design and The Swerve’, and a journal article on anticipation and the contemporary for the French journal Prospective et Stratégie. We are working together editing and writing for a volume titled 'Anticipation, Creativity and Design' for the new 'Routledge Research in Anticipation and the Future' series. For this collection, my chapter will look again at Lucretius, Michel Serres and the value of Love in future creativity. We have presented on these subjects at the two recent international conferences on Anticipation (2017, 2019).

With my colleague and world-authority on superhero culture, Richard Reynolds, we wrote a chapter on Killgrave and Foucault's concept of biopower for a collection on comics and violence, which was published in 2019. Currently, we are working together editing and writing for a volume called 'Superheroes and Excess' for 'Routledge Advances in Comics Series'. My work for this book will be on Legion, fugue and multiple ontologies.

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Current research students

  • Lesley-Ann Daly, Critical design examination of the impact of Sensory Augmentation and ethical issues relating to the Technology (Joint supervisor)
  • Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad, Becoming Strangers: Defamiliarisation as Critical Research Method in Participatory Design (Joint supervisor)
  • Lydia Kaye, Fashion, Technology and the Post-Gendered Body of the Future (Lead supervisor)
  • Jon Martin, 'What is ‘creative block’ (: dimensions; properties; forces)' (Joint supervisor)
  • Jonathan Martin, What might we make of creative block? (Lead supervisor)
  • Yemima Safra, Interactive Realities: Harnessing collaborative interactive-documentary for upstream policy development (Joint supervisor)

Past research students

  • Tsuyoshi Amano, Prototyping in Business Model Innovation: Exploring the Role of Design Thinking in Business Model Development. (Lead supervisor)
  • Mark Donoghue, Seeing into Japanese Landscape Prints through Deleuze's Transcendental Empiricism (Joint supervisor)
  • Betti Marenko, Body marking/body mapping: technologies of shifting subjectivity through skin shedding machines. (Joint supervisor)
  • David Preston, The Logic of Corporate Communication Design. Design coordination and the shifting materiality of practice for consultant graphic designers in post-war Britain, 1945–1970 (Lead supervisor)


3D design and product design
Business & management, and science