New Faculty Book | Design for Social Innovation: Case Studies from Around the World

January 18, 2022

This new book examines the levers propelling the field of design for social innovation into a new phase of growth and sustainability

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Editors Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Boyer, Jennifer May, and Andrew

Shea are the team behind the award-winning LEAP Dialogues: Career

Pathways in Design for Social Innovation and the open source LEAP

Dialogues: The Educator’s Guide. Their new book, Design For Social

Innovation: Case Studies from Around the World postulates that the field

of design for social innovation (DSI) is at a pivotal moment where it’s

essential to move the conversation beyond attempts to explain or justify

the role of design in the field. To that end, the emphasis of this work is

to examine and underscore how the field can grow, evolve, and crucially,

become a more sustainable practice.


Grounded by a worldwide survey in sectors as diverse as public

health, urban planning, economic development, education, humanitarian

response, cultural heritage, and civil rights, Design For Social Innovation:

Case Studies from Around the World captures these stories and

more through 45 richly illustrated case studies from six continents.

Published by Routledge, the book will be available in November

2021 and can be pre-ordered via the Routledge website. The book’s content

was brought to life by Lupi Asensio and Martin Lorenz, the partner

team behind TwoPoints.Net. For more information on the content and

stories in this book, visit


About the authors:

Mariana Amatullo is the Vice Provost for Global Executive

Education and Online Strategic Initiatives at The New

School, New York, and Associate Professor of Strategic

Design and Management at Parsons School of Design.


Bryan Boyer is the Director of the Bachelor of Science in

Urban Technology and Assistant Professor of Practice in

Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban

Planning, University of Michigan.


Jennifer May is the Executive Director for Designmatters,

the social innovation department at ArtCenter College

of Design.


Andrew Shea is the Associate Director and Assistant

Professor of Integrated Design at Parsons School of

Design, The New School.


ISBN: 9780367898441 (Hardback)

ISBN: 9780367898427 (Paperback)

ISBN: 9781003021360 (eBook)