Professor of Inclusive Design For Education; Chair of Creative Technology Innovation; SMARTlab Founder and Director, University College Dublin, SMARTlab Digital Media Institute, Ireland
Professor Lizbeth Goodman is Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Full Professor of Inclusive Design at UCD, and also a Senior Advisor to the Innovation Academy and the Leonardo Panel of the Science Gallery (for TCD). She is Founder/Director of the SMARTlab and the MAGIC (Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre), which was established in its first iteration in 1992 at the Open University BBC, and which has developed and delivered an award winning practice-based PhD Programme and many major research projects since. She is also Founder/Director of the UCD Inclusive Design Research Centre of Ireland, with all-Ireland and global partnership from 62 senior faculty supporting a new large cohort of PhDs on the Thematic PhD in Inclusive Design and Creative Technology Innovation (for which she is Director of Studies), and a cohort of fully funded Post-Docs through the DOCTRID ASSISTID CoFund Project (EC Marie Curie), of which she is a PI and Academic Chair. In 2012 she was nominated to Chair the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.
She has written and edited/co-edited 14 books including the recent Inclusive Learnng Handbook for the EC Leonardo Programme, and many peer-reviewed articles, has supervised 40 PhDs to successful completion, and has written and presented many broadcast and media programmes of repute (on television, radio, cd-rom, dvd and convergent media platforms).
Prior to joining UCD, Lizbeth served as Director of Research for Futurelab Education, working with Lord David Puttnam’s team to establish innovative platforms for the future of education in a context of global change. Over the years she has co-developed several groundbreaking teaching and learning tools and kinaesthetic games with significant scaled take-up worldwide, which have in turn been used in the foundation of several international charities for women and children at risk and have built a ‘backbone’ of early cybercafés and recent technology literacy projects for women in Morocco, India and worldwide. With Microsoft CSR and Unlimited Potential, she has led the European research into roll-out in the EMEA region of the Microsoft Clubtech Project (which has reached over seven million disadvantaged children and teens to date), and has engaged in cross-sectoral scaled innovations for learning over the past decade.