Seminar #5: What is the Value of Design?

Bristol & Bath by Design is conducting a comprehensive 18-month project mapping and measuring the value of design in the city region from a cultural, economic and social perspective.

Looking beyond quantitative indicators of value, this research is investigating six main areas of the region’s design ecosystem – place, dynamism, attractors, knowledge creation, knowledge exchange and diversity – in order to understand how and why design is, and can continue to be, of significance to the further development of Bristol and Bath as creative and cultural cities. It also seeks to identify the key indicators of a healthy design ecosystem, which can then be tested against existing data to determine economic, cultural and social value.

The project is funded by the Design Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and brings together UWE Bristol, Bath Spa University and University of Bristol along with regional partners West of England Design Forum, Bristol Media, Creative Bath, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub.


Thursday, November 26


Pervasive Media Studio
Bristol BS1 5TX


Ellen and Pei-LingDr Pei-Ling Liao (Research Fellow) graduated from Birmingham Business School in 2014. Her PhD research focused on cultural and creative industries, cultural and creative cluster, and urban planning policy in Eastern Asian cities.She is interested in cultural and creative industries policy, cultural policy, cultural and creative economy, and the cultural planning in urban planning.

Ellen Hughes (Research Fellow) is an oral historian who has worked on the Crafts’ Lives project at the British Library’s Life Story Collection conducting long form interviews with the leading figures in contemporary British crafts. She is presenter and co-producer of Bristol Kitchen Radio podcasts, a collection of interviews with people connected to the cultural life of the city.

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Dr. Kayla Rose is Research Fellow in Design History on Bristol and Bath by Design. She holds a PhD in art history and material culture studies from the University of Ulster, Belfast, as well as an MPhil in Irish Art History from Trinity College Dublin and a BA in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University, New York. She is interested in the social and cultural histories of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cities, issues of civic and national identity and the significance of material culture in history as a discipline.