Dr Lucia Corsini

Research Associate

Dr Lucia Corsini is the recipient of an EPSRC Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. She is an interdisciplinary designer and researcher with 10 years’ experience working on innovation projects in the private, public and Third sector. Her research lies at the intersection of design, sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation management. Specifically, Lucia’s research aims to enhance community resilience and sustainability via the development of local design and fabrication makerspaces. She is the Project Investigator on two Cambridge-Africa grants using digital tools to improve crisis response and long-term resilience in Malawi and Ethiopia.


Lucia holds a BA, MEng and EPSRC funded PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her PhD, titled “Design for Social Sustainability in Digital Fabrication for Development in the Global South” studied projects using digital fabrication (e.g. 3D printing) in East Africa and South Asia, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector. Lucia has received several awards for her research from the University of Cambridge’s School of Technology, the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability, Smart Villages, the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust and the Cambridge Creative Circular Plastics Centre.


Lucia has over four years’ experience teaching undergraduates and postgraduates at the University of Cambridge. She is also the Deputy Programme Director at Development-i-Teams, a programme that aims to identify markets in the Global South for novel technologies developed at the University of Cambridge. Lucia is passionate about diversity and is a representative on the Athena SWAN Diversity committee at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. In 2019 she was commended for the Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Award by the University of Cambridge for this work.


Additionally, Lucia advises on policy issues for governments and international organisations, and she has written reports and articles for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the World Economic Forum, and the UK Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.

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