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Melanie Levick Parkin

Dr Melanie Levick-Parkin

MFA Design Course Leader, Senior Lecturer Design


After abandoning a teenage crush on photography, I studied visual communication and graphic design, then re-incarnated an advertising creative for a number of years, before sidestepping into an academic career. My research interests revolve around Design Anthropology, Co-design and other participatory approaches, which I am exploring in relation to projects focusing on heritage, archaeology and cultural tourism, with a feminist, post-colonial lens. My doctorate at the University of Sheffield focuses on female making practices and I am involved in a variety of research projects ranging from explorative visual communication projects, to teaching enhancement project and the EU funded meSch Project.

  • About

    The theme that links all of my endeavours is my interest in creative communication strategies, which take advantage of any media you can lay your hands on, and finding people and their ideas, alive or deceased, very interesting indeed.

    I have presented numerous papers and held workshops at a broad range of conferences in relation to Art and Design pedagogy, Participatory Design, Design Anthropology, Service-Design, and Creative Entrepreneurship. I am an external examiner and advisor, and have been a link tutor for Partner Programmes. I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for over ten years, am a member of the Classical Association and the EAA, as well as acting as a committed lion tamer to my four lovely sons.

    On a more personal note I am passionate about Cretan culture and history, and am always looking for projects that aim to sustainably engage a wider audience with its treasures to the benefit of the local communities and their heritage.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Design Anthropology, Design for Heritage and Archaeology, Co- and Participatory Design Practices, Art and Design pedagogy, Service-Design, and Creative Entrepreneurship

  • Teaching

    Subject area

    Visual Communication


    BA Graphic Design and MA Design


    Translate & Transmit, Graphic Design in Context, MA Project

  • Research

    How Women Make – Investigating process, motivation and agency in female making practice through Design Anthropology. Doctoral Studies at the Department of Education University of Sheffield. (2015 - Present)

    Visual Translations of ancient heritage – re-contextualising ancient European script through contemporary visual communication methods and media. ADRC Sheffield Hallam Art and Design Research Centre (2014 - Present)

    Theories made Practice – Using Design Anthropology to enable creative students to interrogate their making processes. Teaching Enhancement Project funded by Sheffield Hallam University STA LTA (2015 - Present)

    The un-closed visual communication circle – Theorising existing visual communication metaphors in design teaching. Teaching Enhancement Project funded by Sheffield Hallam University STA LTA (2015 - Present)

    Making the transient permanent – exploring the translation of personal data into material forms via the 3D printing of memory objects. ADRC Sheffield Hallam Art and Design Research Centre (2014 - 2015)

    What we talk about when we talk about entrepreneurship - Investigating the relationship between Creative Entrepreneurship and Employability in the minds of Students and Staff engaged in enterprise teaching and learning. Teaching Enhancement Project funded by Sheffield Hallam University STA LTA (2014 - 2015)

    Researcher meSch EU Project - Material Encounters with Digital Cultural Heritage
    ADRC Sheffield Hallam Art and Design Research Centre (2013 - Present)

    Researcher Imagine Connectivity Project 
    Create & Connect: Connecting female artisan craft producers in Zanzibar with tourist markets through Participatory Action Research and Design Thinking methodologies.
    ADRC Sheffield Hallam Art and Design Research Centre (2013 - 2014)

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    External Examiner
    External Advisor
    Reviewed Journal Articles and Conference submissions.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Currently supervising several design and art based PHDs. Specifically interested in supervising PHDs exploring Design Anthropology, Making Practices and Heritage, and concepts of Design Justice. 

    Completed PHD Supervisor Training

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