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Dr. Laura Murphy Appointed Associate Director Of Design Thinking For Social Impact

Dr. Laura Murphy Appointed Associate Director of Design Thinking for Social Impact

Professor Murphy has spent the past five years as one of the inaugural endowed, “Social Entrepreneurship Professors”, developing the original design thinking and social innovation initiatives including the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) Design Thinking course which launched as part of the SISE minor in 2012. She also developed the signature “Fast 48” weekend boot camp, now offered each semester, which promotes design thinking applications for social impact among staff, faculty, community partners, and graduate students across the university.

Murphy launched a series of public introductory workshops to promote awareness of human-centered design among faculty, students, staff and the New Orleans community. She has also developed and offered specifically tailored learning experiences for Tulane and community organizations to integrate design mindsets and practices into their work.

Murphy will amplify these activities, building on the “Taylor Forward” strategic planning process this year. She will be working with the talented design thinking instructors, facilitators and social entrepreneurship professors at Taylor in the continued effort to communicate design thinking methods as a way to solve persistent social problems—part of a changemaker’s “toolkit”.

Murphy retains her faculty appointment in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences (GCHB), where she teaches on critical development theory and environment topics for international health and development students. Her research has explored appropriate technology, community development, and socio-technical and environmental change in South Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa over several decades. She has trained in mechanical engineering (BS, Stanford) and city and regional planning (PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill).

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