Dr Marta Gasparin

Associate Professor in Innovation and Design Management

Contact detailsMarta Gasparin

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1964
  • Email: mg352@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 615, Level 6, Ken Edwards Building
  • Office hours: By appointment

Personal details

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

I have 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).

I have obtained an ESRC new investigator grant “Slow design driven innovation."


I'm the module leader for:

  • Knowledge Management (MBA, DL)
  • Business Environment (MSc, DL)
  • Innovation for Managers (MSc, DL)
  • Knowledge Management (Postgraduate)
  • Operations Management (Undergraduate)

Administrative responsibilities

I am Deputy Director of the PhD programme and Business Engagement Lead.


My research area is innovation and design management. I explore 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. I'm 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, we have mapped the creative industries in Vietnam that generated an interest in researching social innovation.  I am 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, I have start researching the problems of innovation in the Anthropocene (https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/geology/research/anthropocene) and some potential solutions, like slow design (https://www.slowdesign.info ). I am currently involved in the ESRC project and in the British Council “Creative Sparks” ( https://www.britishcouncil.org/education/ihe/what-we-do/international-partnerships/creative-spark-higher-education-enterprise-programme )and “Creating Futures” project https://design.britishcouncil.org/projects/crafting-futures/


Gasparin, Marta. 2019. “Reflections on the Epistemology of Design : A Simondonian Analysis.” Reflective Practice 00 (00): 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/14623943.2019.1689941.


Gasparin M, Green W & Schinckus C (2019). Shaping success through creative failure: A historical, sensemaking analysis of the information system, CREST. Business History. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00076791.2019.1686819

Green W, Cluley R, Gasparin M (forthcoming). Mobile Market research applications as a new Voice of Customer method: A qualitative study of practice and the implications for innovation and design management, Research-Technology Management.

Gasparin, M and Schinckus, C (2019). For the love of Green: Between ecology and dollars. Anthropocene Review, 6 (3): 263-269

Gasparin Marta, Schinckus Christophe & Green William (2019) Thinking outside the Box to Get inside the Black Box: Alternative Epistemology for Dealing with Financial Innovation, Social Epistemology, 33 (3), 218-233, DOI: 10.1080/02691728.2019.1601290

Neyland, D. Gasparin M. & Siu L. 2019. Using Breach Experiments to Explore Price Setting in Everyday Economic Locations. Valuation Studies 6 (1):5-30. DOI:10.3384/vs

Gasparin, M. 2018. Role of designers in developing new products: an innovation turn in transformational economies. Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies 25 (2):206-20. DOI:10.1108/jabes-10-2018-0065

Gasparin, Marta, and Daniel Neyland. 2018. We Have Always Been Modern(ist): Temporality and the Organisational Management of ‘timeless’ Iconic Chairs. Organization 25 (3):354–73.

Gasparin, M & Green W (forthcoming). Reconstructing meaning without redesigning products: The case of the Serie7 chairCreativity and Innovation Management.

Christiansen, John K, and Marta Gasparin. 2017. Organizational Experiments and the Change of Meaning. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation 1 (2):29.

Gasparin, Marta, William Green, and Christophe Schinckus. 2017. Making Sense of Failure to Give Sense to Organisational Experiment. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation 1 (2):47.

Christiansen, J., & Gasparin, M. (2017). How experiments in the fuzzy front end using prototyping generates new options. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 1(1), 35-41

Gasparin, M., & Green, W. (2016). Framing values in design. In Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking (Vol. 3, pp. 881-894). doi:10.21606/drs.2016.109

Christiansen, J. K. & Gasparin M. (2016). Managing controversies in the Fuzzy Front End. Creativity and Innovation Management., 25(4), 500-514


Christiansen, JK, Gasparin, M, Varnes, CJ (forthcoming, 2015). How complaining users can stimulate innovation: new perspective on user involvement. International Journal of innovation management

Christiansen, JK, Gasparin, M, Varnes, C (2013) Improving Design with Open Innovation: A Flexible Management Technology. Research Technology Management, Vol. 56, (2), 2013, p. 36-44

Christiansen, J.K. Varnes C.J., Storm-Nielsen, D., Johnsen Vinther E. Gasparin M. (2010). Living Twice: how a product goes thorough multiple life cycles, Journal of Product Innovation Management, 27 (6), 797-827


Neyland, Gasparin & Liu, 2016. On Ethnographic Economic Experiments: Coming up with prices in different places, STS Italia, Trento.24-26th November 2016.

Gasparin & Schinkcus, 2016 Ecology of art, STS Italia, Trento.24-26th November 2016.

Gasparin M, Micheli M, Campana M, (2016). Managing Human Resources in open boundaries communities: the case of 3D printing Fab-Labs. Proceeding from the 76th Academy of Management Annual Meeting, in the Human Resource Management Stream, Anaheim, California, United States,  August 5 - 9, 2016.

Green W, Cluley R, Gasparin M (2016) Dealing with digital data: crossing the analogue boundary in market research and new product development.  Proceedings from the 23rd International Product Development Management Conference: Crossing Borders and Boundaries. European Institute for Advanced Studies Conferences Management, Brussels. EIASM Conference Proceedings Series, vol. 23 Paper accepted and submitted at, Glasgow, UK. 12/06/16-14/06/16.

3D printing revolution Proceeding from the SMS -Strategic Management Society- 35th Annual International conference in Strategy expaning: making sense of shifting field and firms boundaries. Stream: New Frontiers in Human capital research. paper submitted and accepted at Denver, CO, USA. 3/10/2015-6/10/2015

Gasparin, Christiansen “The role of designers in increasing competitiveness”,  Proceeding 1st International Competitiveness Management conference, EIASM conference in Copenhagen, 18-19/ 01/ 2015.

Gasparin, Micheli, Campana, Competing with networks: a case study on the 3D printing. Proceeding 1st International Competitiveness Management conference in Copenhagen, 18-19/ 01/ 2015.

Christiansen, JK, Gasparin, M and Varnes, CJ 2014, “Uncovering design processes: a web of human and non human actors”. Proceedings from the 21st International Product development Management Conference: Innovation through Engineering, Business and Design. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels. EIASM Conference Proceedings Series, vol. 21 Paper accepted and submitted at, Limerick, Ireland. 15/06/14 - 17/06/14.

Gasparin M., Christiansen J. 2014 “How managers can benefit from multiple perspectives in Design Management”. Proceeding from the 21st International conference in operations management and innovation economy. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels. EIASM Conference Proceedings Series, vol. 21 Paper accepted and submitted at, Palermo, Italy. 20/06/14 - 25/06/14.

Christiansen, JK, Gasparin, M and Varnes, CJ 2013, “Perspectives on Management of Product Development and the Role of Designers: How Design Processes Redesign Designers” Proceedings from the 20th International Product development Management Conference: Re-enchanting technology. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels. EIASM Conference Proceedings Series, vol. 20 Paper presented at, Paris, France. 23/06/13 - 25/06/13.

Christiansen, JK, Gasparin, M & Varnes, CJ 2012, Users in Persistant Action: The Case of the 1,5 L "Urge" Beverage. in Proceedings from the 19th International Product development Management Conference: Transformative Research in Product and Service Innovation. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels. EIASM Conference Proceedings Series, vol. 19. Paper presented at, Manchester, UK. 17/06/12 -19/06/12.

Christiansen JK, Gasparin M, Varnes CJ (2011), Management of design: Management as framing, DMI International Design Management Symposium December 2011, Hong Kong.

June 2011, Delft, The Netherlands- John K. Christiansen, Marta Gasparin, Claus J. Varnes, Open Innovation as a bendable management technology. In Proceedings from the 18th Internagtional Product development Management Conference: Innovate through design. European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels. EIASM Conference Proceedings Series, vol. 18. Paper presented at, Delft, Netherland. 05/06/11 -07/06/11.

Christiansen JK, Varnes CJ, Storm- Nielsen D., Johnsen Vinter E. and Gasparin M, June 2009, You live at least twice: Re-construction of a life cycle, in Proceedings from the 17th International Product development Management Conference: European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Brussels. EIASM Conference Proceedings Series, vol. 17. Paper presented at, Twente, Netherlands. 07/06/09 -09/06/09

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