Dr Anne Schiffer
About Dr Anne Schiffer
Dr Schiffer is interested in human-centred and interdisciplinary design processes that help create socially just futures within the limits of planetary boundaries. Her professional and research experience is specifically concerned with local/global renewable energy transitions including their social, environmental, spatial, economic and policy dimensions.
Anne holds a PhD from Queen's University Belfast that critiques the role of designers in international development and has a focus on designing energy futures in The Gambia. Before permanently joining the staff team on the BA Design Product course, she worked for Friends of the Earth Scotland. Here, Anne led the Scottish part of a European project designed to speed up the development of community-owned renewable energy.
BA Design Product Level 5 co-ordinator and module leader, Level 6 personal tutor, Level 4 module tutor.
Dr Schiffer's PhD employed a design action research framework that produced lessons for designers working in international development contexts e.g. in relation to issues of power and representation. She is looking to employ this research framework in the context of energy transformations on island contexts. Her research, in conjunction with professional experience in relation to community energy, has led to a number of policy briefings and current work on designing for ‘energy sufficiency’.