Dr Ollie Hemstock is a Research Fellow in the School of Design at Northumbria University, where he is involved with developing, piloting and delivering collaborative design-led interventions for Creative Fuse North East.
His research focus has involved generative design-led action research in enterprise and commercial contexts. Underlying which are research interests that intersect the spaces of strategic design thinking, sustainability, discursive design, open platforms and creative production. Ollie is curious about how slower ways of knowing can inform collaborative and participatory practices of design in complex, interconnected and dynamic situations.
His professional background began in architectural practice and through the transition to a more academic orientation, and he has been involved with commercial design consultancy work across a range of disciplines and countries. A keen maker, inspired by contraption-like expressive articulation of how things work, and by the ad-hoc resourcefulness Jugaad.