Saskia Coulson

DJCAD, University of Dundee


Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Saskia is a Post Doctoral Research Assistant at DJCAD, University of Dundee, aiding in the development of the DiA Process Model along with examining the activity of community scoping in the initial phase of inquiry.

Saskia is also completing her PhD thesis at the University of Dundee. Her doctoral research was funded by the ESRC through a CASE Studentship administered by the Institute for Capitalising of Creativity and sponsored by the V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Using a case study methodology, her research outlines a process of conceptual development for a new residency programme which aims at cultivating innovation in design and craft practices. As part of the doctoral studies, she undertook a six-month placement at the V&A Museum in London to understand and analyse the experience of engaging with the programme and what it offers in terms of value to the resident, staff and external networks. In addition, she has delivered co-inquiry events, employing human-centred design methods, with the V&A, V&A Dundee, and the Design Museum.

Saskia holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography from Glasgow School of Art, and a degree in Managing in the Creative Industries (MLitt) from the University of St Andrews.


Coulson, S. & Valentine, L. (2014) ‘Powers of Design: A heuristic inquiry into the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Residency Programme,’ paper presented at the 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, Design Management in an Era of Disruption, 2-4 September.

Valentine, L., Bletcher, J. & Coulson, S. (2014) ‘Making the Case: Collaborative concept development of products and services for a new design museum,’ paper presented at the Design Research Society 2014, Design’s Big Debates, 16-19 June.

Bletcher, J., Coulson, S. & Valentine, L. (2013) ‘Making it Happen: The role of design research in an emerging design museum,’ paper presented at the ESRC National Summit Conference for Capacity Building Clusters, 26 June.

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