Professor Ian Walsh

ian walsh

Professor Ian Walsh BA(Hons), PhD, FRSA obtained his first degree in 3D Design from the University of Wales, Newport in 1988 and his PhD entitled ‘nurturing innovation in industrial design - quantifying innovation propensity in industrial design by means of a novel innovation trait index’ from the University of Wales, Swansea in 2008.

‌Ian is currently Dean of Swansea College of Art at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Ian is also Director of the Institute for Sustainable Design and Principal Investigator for the Cerebra Innovation Centre.

He has over 25 years experience as a designer, academic and researcher and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)

Ian's current research interests include the role of design thinking in assisted living and nurturing innovation in individuals and organisations.

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481284
E-mail: ian.walsh@uwtsd.ac.uk

Full academic profile

Public Lectures

2015       Art & Design Research for Life-Science, Health and Wellbeing – Address to the 2nd NISCHR AHSC Collaborate Conference

2015       Opening Address – 2nd i-Sustain Symposium, Swansea

2014       Partnerships for Health – Address to the 1st NISCHR AHSC Collaborate Conference

2013       Opening Address – Inaugural i-Sustain Symposium, Swansea

Conference Papers

2007       Crocker, R & Walsh, I, (June 2007): “Design Inspired By Biomorphics and Biomimetics”, Crossing Boundaries 2007 Hochschule für Gestaltung, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

2007       Langdon, R, Bridge, T & Walsh, I, (June 2007): “The Transfer Of Knowledge From Design”, Crossing Boundaries 2007 Hochschule für Gestaltung, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

2005       Henshall J, & Walsh I M, (Oct 2005): “Conflicts Between Sustainability and Innovation.” Era 05 World Design Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark.

2004       Walsh I M, (June 2004): “Nurturing An ‘Innovation Mindset’ Amongst Undergraduate Industrial Designers.” Ee2004 International Conference On Innovation, Good Practice And Research In Engineering Education.  Wolverhampton University.

2004       Walsh I M & Clement R M, (May 2004): “Creating A Culture Of Enterprise Amongst Student Industrial Designers.”  Cumulus, International Conference on Design Processes And Design Education In Entrepreneurship, Oslo School of Architecture, Oslo, Norway.

2004       Gwilliam P & Walsh I M (May 2004): “The Evolution Of Design: Designers As Entrepreneurs.”  Cumulus, International Conference on Design Processes And Design Education In Entrepreneurship, Olso School of Architecture, Oslo, Norway.

2015 Project Director (designate), ATIC (Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre)

2011-Date Director, ISD (Institute for Sustainable Design)

2010-2011  Researcher, CIME (Creativity and Innovation in Micro-Enterprises)

2010-2011 Project Director, DSA (Design for Successful Ageing)

2009-2011  Partner, GAIM (Graphic Arts in Manufacture)

2004-Date Principal Investigator, Cerebra Innovation Centre

Cerebra Innovation Centre – Annual block grant from Cerebra to support the University based CIC. Value: £55,000.00 pa.

Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) ERDF - grant of £2,683,791.00 to support the delivery of the Institute for Sustainable Design. The total size of the project was £4,710,076. The project was delivered in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Value: £2,683,791.00 over 45 months from 1st Oct 2011.

Design for Successful Aging (DSA) KEP - In partnership with Cerebra, PDR at Cardiff Met University and the University of Glamorgan. An 18 month KEP in the area of posture support and management. The KEP received strong endorsements from key policy advisors within the Welsh Assembly Government. Value: £149,500.00 over 18 months from Oct 1st 2010

Beacons for Wales - Public Engagement Grant to deliver ‘Design Against Crime’ workshops with Ysgol Maesydderwen and local youth groups in Swansea. Value: £9,000.00 over 12 months from Sept 1st 2010

Graphic Arts in Manufacturing (GAIM) - In partnership with Swansea University and Coleg Sir Gar the School of Industrial Design and Welsh School of Architectural Glass are working on a project to develop a ‘road-map’ for engagement with industry in the area of ‘product decoration’. Value: £25,000.00 over 18 months from Oct 1st 2009

Cerebra Innovation Centre – Feasibility Study - A4B funded Feasibility Study to determine the potential for development of CIC’s IP. Grant Awarded: £20,000.00 in 2009.

  • Member NISCHR AHSC South West Wales Executive.
  • Principal Investigator, Cerebra Innovation Centre.
  • Member Hywel Dda University Health Board R&D Committee
  • Wales Institute for Research in Art and Design, Management Board & Operational Group