Dr. Lynn-Sayers McHattie PhD MBA FRSA

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Programme Director, Innovation School


Innovation School



Lynn-Sayers McHattie
Researcher at the Institute of Design Innovation

Lynn-Sayers McHattie


Dr. Lynn-Sayers McHattie

Dr Lynn-Sayers McHattie is a designer and researcher with over 25 years’ experience in the creative economy. She is Design Director for postgraduate research at the Innovation School and the Creative Campus, Highlands & Islands (H&I). Lynn has a PhD funded in Design from The Glasgow School of Art (GSA), a MBA, a PG. Cert in Supervision - Creative Practice and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art. Prior to her academic work she held Design Director roles in the creative industries and as a Consultant has directed assignments internationally in the fashion and textiles sector.

Lynn is currently Programme Leader for the Master of Research (M.Res.) programme and PhD Co-ordinator for the Innovation School where she is actively engaged in developing new modes of distributed postgraduate delivery including residential Seasonal Schools. Lynn is involved in supervising interdisciplinary inquiries that blur the boundaries between addressing contextually located social and cultural challenges and design innovation practice. She currently supervises postgraduate research students including five PhD students and four M.Res. students and has two PhD completions. She is interested in supervising practice based research projects, which explore creative practice through critical inquiry: making, reading, writing, thinking, discussion and reflection.
Lynn is Principal Investigator for Design Innovation for New Growth (DING), AHRC follow on funding from Design in Action (DiA), an AHRC funded Knowledge Exchange Hub, where she acted as Co-Investigator. She is also an academic mentor in the newly launched SGSAH Creative Economies Hub, a collaboration between SGSAH and Creative Scotland. In addition to the AHRC funded programmes she is working in partnership with the British Council on the Crafting Futures research programme, which focuses on economic empowerment of women in SE Asia, through fostering the development of creative social enterprise and design-led skills for female artisans and designers, young women in particular. Lynn was Co-Investigator on ReMantle and Make, an EPSRC funded feasibility study in collaboration with the Royal College of Art (RCA) and was project lead on Innovation from Tradition an interdisciplinary research programme that is part of the Creative Futures Partnership (CFP) portfolio.

Lynn’s current research foregrounds questions around ‘crafting futures’ in the creative economy. Her research explores material practices as cultural assets including traditional craft and textile practices that connect to the indigenous landscape and culture of island communities and the role innovation can play in socio-economic renewal. Lynn’s work explores the relationship between people, place and practice towards a deeper understanding of collective wisdom as a foundational concept. Her practice encompasses textiles as knowledge artefacts that provide an interdisciplinary link between crafting conversations, women's narratives and ideologies of identity, which play off each other towards informing a wider socio-cultural research agenda on the future of craft, with a particular emphasis on addressing inequalities, responsible growth and community wellbeing.