Originally trained as a textile designer, I have studied at the Royal College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, where I received my doctorate in 2014. As a design historian, writer and lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, I am interested in making, researching, writing, talking and teaching about design and the material world, from the past as well as the present, and with as broad an audience as possible. My research interests include British design culture, especially on the systems and structures underpinning design in everyday life, authorless and anonymous design, and the social, cultural and political meanings of design and design policy. I am particularly interested in state-sponsored design projects that seek to improve society, and the different alliances, agendas and ideas that shape how we understand design and its influence upon our lives.