Louise is Institute Manager at the Social Design Institute, which works to bring together and build upon the wide array of expertise, research and practice in social design and design for sustainability existing across UAL's Colleges, research centres and hubs.
Before joining UAL, Louise spent 4 years as Manager of the Dahrendorf Forum, a high profile European Research and policy-engagement initiative delivered by LSE in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and the Mercator Foundation. Prior to this, she managed the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships and Leadership Programme at the University of Oxford, first as part of the London-based think tank the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), and later overseeing the programme’s migration to the newly established Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust. This inspiring scholarship programme offers outstanding graduates and young professionals from developing and emerging economies the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford.
Other earlier highlights of Louise’s career include stints at Bonhams Auctioneers and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, as well as 7 years (2007-14) as Manager of the Urban Design Group, an international campaigning organisation for built-environment professionals.
Originally from Carlisle in Cumbria, Louise has a first-class BA History Degree from University College London and an MA in Russian Studies (with Distinction) from the UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies.