Staff Directory

About Anne Chick

Professor Chick is considered an early key contributor to the research and practice of design for sustainability in the UK and internationally. In recognition she has been invited to speak around the world at conferences and events organised by British Council China, Craft Council, Design Council, Design Museum, UNESCO and ICOGRADA. She is also a reviewer for publishers Berkshire, Berg, Bloomsbury Press, and MIT Press.  Since joining the University of Lincoln in late 2011 she has been responsibility for the University of Lincoln’s REF 2014 Unit of Assessment 34 submission, and was Acting Head of School and Acting Deputy Head of School, of the newly constituted School of Architecture & Design (March 2014 - July 2016). Anne’s present research projects explore: 1. How can a regional museum or gallery cost effectively design and curate a temporary exhibition to bring outstanding intellectual access to visitors with sight loss? This co-production research project is in collaboration with the Arts Council England, National Centre for Craft & Design, RNIB, AgeUK, and Lincolnshire citizens with sight loss. 2. How can private domiciliary care companies in rural counties in the UK effectively contribute to the improved health and well-being of their elderly customers? This Experienced-based Co-Design research project is in partnership with a small private care company and AgeUK. 3. How can UK vegetable and fruit farmers effectively steer their food losses into alternative human consumption markets? This European multi-disciplinary, co-creation research project is in partnership with: Provincie Noord-Brabant, Dutch Design Foundation, In Ovo, Greenco Packing, (Netherlands); Innovatiesteunpunt, Flanders Food, Flanders DC (Belgium); Spessart Regional, Fachhochschule Fulda (Germany); AC3A, Laval Mayenne Technopole, Technopole Quimper Cornouailles (France); Irish Fishery Agency, and Clean Technology Centre (Ireland) .

Department Responsibilities

Anne’s Lincoln School of Design responsibilities are: - School Director of Research - Joint Co-ordinator, University of Lincoln’s REF2021 UoA 32 - Professor of Design - Senior Academic (Management) Anne teaches on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design and BA(Hons) Product Design programmes teaching inclusive design, social design, design for sustainable change within the studio project modules and contextual studies modules. Anne supervises doctorale students working in the areas of social design, co-production, participatory action research, and design for sustainable change.

Subject Specialism

Social Design, Co-production, Design for Social Innovation


Anne has advised design orientated organisations and businesses such as the British Council China, British Standard Institute, Design Museum, Design Council and Remarkable Limited. Her postgraduate course development and teaching in sustainable design has also attracted Fulbright and Audi Design Foundation scholarships and support.

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • The Design Studies journal — Scholarly referee
  • The Design Journal — Associate Editor
  • The Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce — Fellow