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Dr Busayawan Lam is a senior lecturer and the Director of Teaching and Learning at Design Department. She specialises in the areas of New Product Development (NPD) process, Innovation Strategy and Management, and Design Strategy.

She was trained in Industrial Design at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and practiced as a product designer in a small-and-medium-sized exporter company in Thailand. She later obtained MSc Industrial Design at University of Salford and PhD Design Research at Brunel University London. She worked as a researcher at the National Metal and Materials Technology Centre (MTEC) Thailand. She has many years of experience studying user requirements, ascertaining design trends and recommending strategic design directions for a variety of organisations ranging from a domestic general hospital equipment producer to a global electronics company. Her current research interests include co-design, community-led design and social innovation. 


  • Director of Teaching & Learning
  • Recognised Programme Developer
  • Module Leaders of 4 undergraduate modules and 3 postgraduate modules
  • Liaison Tutor (LBIC)
  • Members of Department Management Board, College Education Panel, CEDPS College Education Committee and Academic Appeals Panel

Newest selected publications

Balezdrova, N., Choi, Y. and Lam, B. (2019) '‘Invisible Minorities’: Exploring Improvement Strategies for Social Care Services aimed at Elderly Immigrants in the UK using Co-Design Methods'.IASDR. Manchester. 5 - 5 September.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Xi, C., Lam, B. and Choi, Y. (2019) 'Fostering creative citizens in China through co-design and public makerspaces'.IASDR. Manchester.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Lam, B. and Pitsaki, I. (2018) 'Co-design for the development of new knowledge and practices in not-for-profit organisations'.21st DMI: Academic Design Management Conference: Next Wave. London. 1 - 2 August. pp. 1455 - 1465.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Choi, Y., Na, J., Lam, B., Walters, A., Boult, J., Jordan, P. and et al. (2018) 'Design for Social Value: Using design to improve the impact of CSR'. Journal of Design Research, 16 (2). pp. 155 - 174. ISSN: 1569-1551 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lam, B., Phillips, M., Kelemen, M., Zamenopoulos, T., Moffat, S. and de Sousa, S. (2018) 'Design and Creative Methods as a Practice of Liminality in Community-Academic Research Projects'. The Design Journal, 21 (4). pp. 605 - 624. ISSN: 1460-6925 Open Access Link

Journal article
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