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Dr Anne Schiffer

About Dr Anne Schiffer

Dr Anne Schiffer explores how design thinking can help tackle local and global real world challenges. Her action-research based PhD from Queen’s University titled ‘Designers in International Development: a reflection on designing Gambian energy futures’, critiques the role of designers in international development. The interdisciplinary nature of the research brings together participatory/ co-design design practice, urbanism, feminist development theory and design anthropology. Recent publications include ‘Empowered, exited, or disenfranchised? Unveiling issues of energy access inequality and resource dependency in The Gambia’ published in Energy Research & Social Science.

Prior to joining Leeds Beckett University, Anne led the Scottish part of Community Power, a European funded project that aimed to improve policy and legislation to speed up the development of community-owned renewable energy. She also sits on the board of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland, a leading environmental campaigning organization. 

Current Teaching

BA Design Product Level 5 co-ordinator and module leader, Level 6 personal tutor, Level 4 module tutor.

Research Interests

Anne’s research continues to focus on human-centred and interdisciplinary design processes to help create socially just energy futures that recognize planetary boundaries. Recent international collaborations include: Wu, B., Schiffer, A., and Burns, B. (2016) Power for the People: delivering decentralized, community-controlled renewable energy access. ActionAid USA, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Women's Environment & Development Organization.

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