Marta Gasparin


Universities & Institutions

Areas of Interest

  • Innovation
  • Design management
  • New product development
  • Innovation studies
  • Organisational learning

Marta Gasparin is an Associate Professor at the University of Leicester.


Personal details

Before joining the school in January 2015, Dr Gasparin worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), where she obtained her PhD in 2014, with the thesis “Management of design as a translation process”.

She has a Master in Philosophy of Aesthetic from Kingston (MA); a Master of Science in Economics and Management of Arts, Culture and Communication from Bocconi University (MSc); a Master of Sociology of Creative Business Processes from Copenhagen Business School (Cand.soc.); and a Bachelor degree in Management of Art and Culture from Bocconi University (BSc).

She has obtained an ESRC new investigator grant “Slow design driven innovation.”


Her research area is innovation and design management. She explores how design and innovation emerge, how value is created, and the role of the actors (objects, managers, designers) in the various innovation processes, drawing on ideas from science and technology studies. She is also interested in design theory and the epistemological dimension of innovation, in particular in the relation between design and aesthetic, having recently completed a MA in philosophy of aesthetics.

In collaboration with the British Council Vietnam and Dr Quinn, they have mapped the creative industries in Vietnam that generated an interest in researching social innovation. She is focusing on the role of social innovation in the creative industries in transformational economies, and on how these improve inclusiveness and the development of creativity and innovation (e.g. in Vietnam, Philippines and Kazakhstan). This has led to co-create with Dr Quinn a research group called INCITE (Innovation and Creativity in the Transformational Economies – see the website for our research project).

Recently, she started researching the problems of innovation in the Anthropocene and she is a co-leader of the Anthropocene research group. and some potential solutions, like slow design. She is currently involved in the ESRC project and in the British Council “Creative Sparks” and “Creating Futures” project.

In 2018, she has led the Vietnamese Pavilion and the London Design Biennale, which was exhibited in Hanoi in 2020. The installation interpreted the emotional states of Vietnam, and the role of slow design in expressing Vietnamese culture

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