Louise Valentine, Ph.D., is an applied design researcher and brings vast experience in leading entrepreneurship, enterprise and employability for the University of Dundee and its School of Art and Design. Prior to joining Kent State University’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, she served as professor and chair of design at the University of Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Scotland, U.K. She has extensive knowledge in successfully embedding innovation in curriculum design and structuring original teaching models and pedagogical practices. Valentine has consistently and successfully secured hundreds of thousands of pounds in U.K. research awards, grants, government funding and corporate support for her development of arts-focused research and enterprise projects.
Dr. Valentine received her Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design: textiles from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland; her Master of Design: textiles from the University of Dundee; and her Ph.D. in the field of design from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
Her doctoral degree in Designer’s Thinking (2003) and post doctorate research in Design Management, Future Craft, Innovation and Partnership Working have led to her research in how design for business innovation is perceived and communicated, and the value design adds when used as a leadership and performance management tool in business.
She is author and editor of “Prototype: Design and Craft in the 21st Century” (2013), “Past, Present and Future Craft Practice” (2010) and “New Craft Future Voices” (2007). At the University of Dundee, she supervised and examined doctoral degrees and served as lead supervisor for three design researchers sponsored by the £81M Victoria and Albert (V&A) Dundee Museum of Design. She was instrumental in helping V&A Dundee become an international center for design housed in a world-class building.
From 2013-2018, Valentine served as vice president of the European Academy of Design, an organization whose mission it is to improve European-wide research collaboration and dissemination and to promote the publication and dissemination of design research internationally. She is currently the incoming president of the organization. Valentine is associate editor of The Design Journal (Taylor & Francis Publishing). She was also instrumental in bringing the European Academy of Design conference to Dundee in 2019, in which she served as the conference chairperson. Not coincidentally, the conference corresponded with the inaugural year of Victoria and Albert Dundee Museum of Design.