|First Name:||Melehat Nil|
|Position:||Research Fellow, Gray's School of Art|
Dr Melehat Nil Gulari is a Research Fellow on the AHRC funded knowledge exchange hub, Design in Action. She completed her PhD in 2014 at Robert Gordon University.
Her research area covers design-led business support, design innovation and new idea generation in the food sector. She is interested in the articulation of design expertise and value of contextual knowledge in the design discipline.
The overarching theoretical frameworks that inform her research include Dewey’s Pragmatism, Schön’s generative metaphor framework and Lakoff and Johnson’s conceptual metaphor theory. In her research practice, she blurs the boundaries between different research paradigms and applies discourse based metaphorical analysis. These theories have informed her doctoral research which evaluates the effectiveness of design support for small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK, more specifically in Scotland.
She has published in journals including the Journal of Research Practice, Qualitative Research Journal and The Design Journal.
Gulari, M.N. (2015) Metaphors in Design: How we think of design expertise, Journal of Research Practice, 11(2), Article M8.
Douglas A. & Gulari M.N (2015). Understanding experimentation as improvisation in arts research, Qualitative Research Journal, 15(4), 392-403
Gulari M. N. & Fremantle, C. (2015) Are design-led innovation approaches applicable to SMEs? International conference on engineering and product design education 3 & 4 September 2015, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
Gulari M. N. (2015). A critical analysis on the effectiveness of design support programmes in the UK. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference European Academy of Design: The value of Design Research, Paris, France
Gulari M.N. (2014). Evaluating the effectiveness of design support for small and medium sized enterprises in Scotland, PhD Thesis, Robert Gordon University.
Gulari, M.N. (2013). Metaphors in design: An analysis of how we represent design expertise. Proceedings of EKSIG 2013-Experiential knowledge special interest group-Design Research Society, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK. (it is one of the seven papers selected for the journal publication, Design and Culture- special issue on Design Expertise and Connoisseurship)
Gulari, M.N., Fairburn, S., & Malins, J. (2013). Assessing the effectiveness of the design-led innovation support for SMEs. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference European Academy of Design: Crafting Future, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Malins J. & Gulari M. N. (2013) Effective Approaches for Innovation Support for SMEs. Swedish Journal of Design, 2(13), 32-39
Gulari, M.N. & Fairburn S. (2013). Is specialist designer an oxymoron? The value of specialisation in the design field”. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education E&PDE13. Dublin, Ireland.
Bugali M. H. & Gulari, M. N. (2013). How eco-design strategies are applied in UK-based SMEs: An empirical Study. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education E&PDE13. Dublin, Ireland.
Gulari, M.N., Börü, A., & Malins, J. (2011). Towards an evolutionary understanding on the success of participatory design. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education E&PDE11.
Gülar?, M. N. (2008). Killer Products in the Market Ecosystem: The Role of Design in Killer Products. The Design Journal, 11(3), 239-254.