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Matthew Lievesley

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

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With a strong track-record of forming productive partnerships, Matthew works with a range of research and innovation funders to help companies and public-sector organisations benefit from the Design School’s knowledge and expertise.

Trained in both design and business, I manage research and design projects across disciplines, from digital-media through product and brand and into service design.  As challenging as that variety can be, I think it’s a great privilege.  Improving how users interact with the made world is what it’s all about.

A key area of my activity centres around innovation in business, particularly understanding how design practices and methods drive innovation in such settings. I’m also the School’s lead on KTP, a funded industry-facing programme that helps organisations to adopt and integrate design and innovation in-house.

For more information on KTPs please click here

A second significant area of my research focuses on innovation in Healthcare, through Service Design approaches/methods.  For example, this has included developing improved care-pathways for people with Type II Diabetes and better-equipped clinicians advising those people and their carers/loved-ones.

My collaborators in this area of research include: Newcastle University Medical School, AgeUK, Hitachi, Newcastle City Council, NESTA, NHS (healthcare service design), Salford Royal and NIHR.

Prior to joining Northumbria University, I held positions in Design and Product Management in Manufacturing Industry, analysing market opportunities and managing design programmes from a human-centred perspective, from inception to market launch. My experience to date encompasses over forty products and services in production, encompassing national and international Patents and Design Registrations.


  • Business and Administration MBA June 22 2004
  • Industrial Design BA (Hons) June 30 1992

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Exploring the role of design-as-strategy in consumer product start-ups, Valencia Hernandez, J., Lievesley, M., Young, R., Valencia Hernandez, J. 1 Aug 2018
  • How Industrial design Supports a Customer-Centric Innovation Approach in a Technology-Centric Business Engagement, Lievesley, M., O'Leary, D., Hewitt, I., Whitehead, C., McPherson, N., Annal, C. 20 Feb 2018, In: Design Management Journal
  • The para-disciplinary role of Design transforming innovation in organisations, Young, R., Lievesley, M., Warwick, L., Oleary, D. 7 Jun 2017
  • Design Entrepreneurship in Innovation, Aftab, M., English, S., Lievesley, M., Antonio De Filho, M., Agustine Rusli, H., Smith, P., Hunt, P. 29 Jul 2016
  • How Industrial Design supports a Customer-Centric Innovation approach in a Technology-Centric business environment, Lievesley, M., Oleary, D., Hewitt, I., Whitehead, C., McPherson, N., Annal, C. 3 Jul 2016
  • Systematic development of a theory-informed multifaceted behavioural intervention to increase physical activity of adults with type 2 diabetes in routine primary care: Movement as Medicine for Type 2 Diabetes, Avery, L., Charman, S., Taylor, L., Flynn, D., Mosely, K., Speight, J., Lievesley, M., Taylor, R., Sniehotta, F., Trenell, M. 19 Jul 2016, In: Implementation Science
  • Designing across organisational boundaries - Community Dentistry Services, Lievesley, M., Wassall, R. Jul 2015, Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Design4Health, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Exploring the value of a design for service approach to develop public services in the Community Voluntary Sector: a comparative analysis, Warwick, L., Young, R., Lievesley, M. Apr 2014, In: International Journal of Design in Society
  • The Potential of a Design for Service Approach to Transform Voluntary Community Sector Organisations, Warwick, L., Young, R., Lievesley, M. 9 Apr 2014
  • A third way for the third sector: generating a framework to recognise the impact(s) of the co-design of service innovation in third sector organisations using a critical design research cycle, Warwick, L., Young, R., Lievesley, M. Aug 2012

PGR Supervision

  • Jose Valencia Start: 01/10/2016
  • Victoria Frith Start: 01/10/2017


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