Nil Melehat Gulari

Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University

 

Researcher

Nil is a product designer by training. She has completed her PhD in 2014 at the Robert Gordon University. Her doctoral research evaluates the effectiveness of design support for small and medium sized enterprises in the UK, more specifically in Scotland. She has approached evaluation as a knowledge production mechanism to contribute to the theory of design support rather than the assessment of activities to judge whether a particular programme or consultancy is successful or not. Her research has produced explanatory frameworks that inform design research and practice. She is interested in the articulation of design expertise and value of contextual knowledge in the design discipline.

The overarching theoretical frameworks that inform her research include Dewey’s pragmatism and Schön’s generative metaphor framework and conceptual metaphor theory. In her research practice, she blurs the boundaries between different research paradigms and applies discourse analysis.

Nil has recently joined in Design in Action as a researcher.

Publications

2013: Metaphors in design: An analysis of how we represent design expertise

Gulari, M.N. Proceedings of EKSIG 2013-Experiential knowledge special interest group – Design Research Society, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK.

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2013: Assessing the effectiveness of the design-led innovation support for SMEs

Gulari, M.N., Fairburn, S., & Malins, J.  2013. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, […]

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2013: “Trust me, I am an expert”: Why is there a lack of trust in design expertise?

Gulari, M.N., Fairburn, S., & Malins, 2013. J. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, […]

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2013: Is specialist designer an oxymoron? The value of specialisation in the design field

Gulari, M.N. & Fairburn S. 2013. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Engineering and Product Design Education. Dublin, […]

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2014: Effective approaches for innovation support for smes

Malins J. & Gulari M. N. 2013. Swedish Journal of Design, 2(13), pp. 32-39

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2014: How eco-design strategies are applied in UK-based SMEs: An empirical Study

Bugali M. H. & Gulari, M. N. 2013. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Engineering

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  Gulari, M.N., Börü, A., & Malins, J. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Engineering and Product Design […]

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Proceedings of E&PDE 2013, the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Dublin, Ireland

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The Value of Design Research, 11th European Academy of Design Conference. April 22-24 2015. Paris Descartes University.

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Conference paper: International conference on engineering and product design education. Loughborough University, Design School. 3-4 September 2015.

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