Welby Ings is a Professor in Design at AUT University. He holds a Ph.D. in applied narratology and is an elected Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts. He has published and spoken widely on issues relating to practice-led research and methodology. He has also been a consultant to many international organisations on issues of creativity and learning, and is himself an award winning designer, illustrator, filmmaker and playwright. His short films have won numerous international awards and have screened at many of the world’s leading festivals including Cannes and Berlin. In 2006 his narrative film poem boy was short-listed for Academy awards. In 2001 he received the inaugural New Zealand Prime Minister’s award for Tertiary Teaching Excellence and in 2013 he was awarded the AUT University medal for his contributions to research and pedagogy.

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Productive unknowing: Materiality, imagination and the design of a fictional world

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