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Dr Jea Hoo Na

Senior Lecturer

Dr Jea Hoo Na

Jea Hoo Na is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. His research focuses on understanding and applying the value of design for innovation at both macro and micro levels drawing on his diverse experiences working as an industrial designer and design researcher for companies including Samsung, Nokia and LG and for public sector organisations and academic institutions such as Transport for London (TfL), Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), Brunel University London and University of Birmingham.

He completed his PhD in Design Innovation at Brunel University London, with a comprehensive study of a design innovation framework for manufacturing companies in the UK. He holds two Masters, in Design Strategy and Innovation at Brunel University London, and in Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.


Design Action Plan

Design Action Plan is an AHRC funded research project led by Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University and PDR, Cardiff Metropolitan University in partnership with the Design Council. The aims of the project is to develop an action plan optimising the strategic use of design in the public and private sectors in the UK for maximum societal and economic benefit by: - Determining the characteristics, contribution and the degree of coherence of the strategic use of design in the UK - Understanding the drivers and barriers to the strategic use of design through a needs analysis - Generating evidence to underpin the development of an action plan for design - Co-developing an action plan for design in the UK at regional and national levels - Validating the veracity of the action plan through consultation and dissemination . Details…


Jea Hoo Na is a member of the Design Research Hub.


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Journal Articles

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Fleck, R., Cecchinato, ME., Cox, AL., Harrison, D., Marshall, P., Na, JH., Skatova, A., 2020. 'Life-swap: how discussions around personal data can motivate desire for change', Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 24 (5), pp. 669-681.

Choi, Y., Na, JH., Walters, A., Lam, B., Boult, J., Jordan, PW., Green, S., 2018. 'Design for social value: using design to improve the impact of CSR', Journal of Design Research, 16 (2), pp. 155-174.

Na, JH., Choi, Y., Walters, A., Lam, B., Green, S., 2017. 'Creating a Tool for Measuring the Social Value of Design', Design Journal, 20 (sup1), pp. S1662-S1662.

Lam, B., Zamenopoulos, T., Kelemen, M., Na, JH., 2017. 'Unearth Hidden Assets through Community Co-design and Co-production', Design Journal, 20 (sup1), pp. S3601-S3610.

Na, JH., Boult, J., 2010. 'What Next? Future Strategy for UK Product Design Consultancies', Design Management Journal, 5 (1), pp. 87-97.

Conference Papers

Na, J., Evans, M., Zitkus, E., Whicher, A., Walters, A., 2018. 'Design in Action: Understanding the Drivers and Barriers to Strategic Use of Design for Innovation', Next Wave: The 21st DMI Academic Design Management Conference, London, 1/8/2018 - 2/8/2018, pp. 127-140.

ZitKus, E., Na, JH., Evans, M., Walters, A., Whicher, A., Cooper, R., 2018. 'Understanding How Design Action Plans Support the Strategic Use of Design', Design Research Society Conference 2018, Limerick, 25/6/2018 - 28/6/2018, 2, pp. 780-791.