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Kees Dorst worked as a product designer for various design firms before pursuing his career in research. With one foot in practice and the other in theory, he challenges the role designers play in today’s complex world and examines how design practices can be adapted to achieve innovation in different fields.

He is Professor of Design Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, and the founding director of the Design Innovation Research Centre and the NSW Designing Out Crime research centre. Over the course of his academic career he has co-founded four new University departments/schools and faculties. 

A prolific writer, he has published many articles and several books – including ‘Understanding Design’ and ‘Design Expertise’, with Bryan Lawson. His most recent books are  'Frame Innovation - create new thinking by design' where Kees provides a practical new approach to design-led innovation, ‘Designing for the Common Good’,  examining real-life projects that span many sectors of society, and ‘Notes on Design’, a practice-oriented book on how designers can innovate in their own fields.

He is currently also a member of the Advisory Group for the UN Development Program, overseeing the creation of platforms around the world to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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