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Sabina Dewfield

Evaluation & Research Manager

Sabina leads on the Design Council’s research and evaluation programmes, drawing together data, stories, and lived experiences to tell the story of design, its value and role. She has devised a Collective Impact Framework, enabling the Design Council to generate and test insights to push forward our knowledge about design – its applications and impact – to truly understand what works, and how. A mixed methods social researcher with over five years of experience, Sabina brings a creative blend of established and emerging research methods to our programmes. 

Sabina works on our pioneering research programme, Design Economy, where she is responsible for delivering in-house research, including uncovering the use and understanding of design by UK businesses and the public sector, public attitudes for design, and developing a more nuanced, inclusive understanding of who UK designers are today. She also led the research for and co-authored ‘The Value of Design to UK Rail Infrastructure’ for Network Rail, which evidences the social and economic value of design in rail and proposes a Theory of Change for how design adds value across an asset’s development. She is working with DCMS and the Creative Industries Council to develop and test a framework that captures the ‘spillover’ value of the Creative Industries on the UK economy; and with the team at UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering to evaluating the innovative ‘missions-led’ rebuild strategy for Designing London’s Recovery. 

She holds an MA degree in Philosophy from UCL, where she specialised in contemporary ethics and political theory, and an undergraduate degree from Cambridge University. Prior to working at the Design Council, she was senior consultant in social research for Renaisi, where a diverse portfolio of research for clients, from Defra to Deloitte, further refined her ‘realist’ mixed methods approach that delivers pragmatic and actionable findings.  

Sabina is a keen musician, and an enthusiastic (if terrible) painter. Her love for cross-country running is somewhat limited by her Aldgate postcode, but more than made up for on her regular visits to green, muddy, and hilly Worcestershire where she’ll also squeeze in seeing her family and love of her life: rescue greyhound, Mishka.

Sabina Dewfield