Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Research Student: Anne-Marie Moore

Together Through Play: Facilitating Meaningful Play between Disabled and Non-Disabled Children through Participatory Design

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Anne-Marie has a keen interest in the area of inclusive design and her current research examines methods for participatory design with disabled and non-disabled children. In addition to her role as PhD Researcher on the Leverhulme Trust funded Together through Play project at the University of Leeds, Anne-Marie currently manages the Young Creatives programme at Leeds College of Art - an eclectic collection of arts-based courses aimed at students aged 7-18 years old.

She is a design educator and fully qualified Teacher of Secondary Graphics and Product Design. In 2009, she graduated with a PGCE in Secondary Design and Technology from the University of Cambridge, later graduating with an MA in Design Studies: Applied Imagination from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London. 

Anne-Marie currently teaches on the Product Design BSc Level 1-3 and MA Disability Studies programmes at the University of Leeds. She has also facilitated workshops at Loughborough University in London as part of the MA/MSc Design Innovation programmes. Her primary areas of teaching include Meaning-making in Design, Inclusive Design, Inclusive Education, Industry and Professional Development, and the Adobe Creative Suite.

As a creative practitioner, Anne-Marie also has over 10 years’ design industry experience in the fields of Graphic Design, Illustration, and New Product Development. Her portfolio includes work for a diversity of clients ranging from the National Army Museum in London, to the Arctic Monkeys. Anne-Marie’s most recent work in the area of inclusive design includes the design of accessible information at human rights organisation, CHANGE.

Research interests

Anne-Marie’s research interests include the following:

  1. Meaning-making in design.
  2. Social design or the role of design in bringing about social change.
  3. Inclusive design.
  4. Outreach and engaging marginalised groups in the design process.
  5. Raising aspirations in design education.

She is also interested in exploring the role of design in cross-disciplinary research and the mutual benefits for design pedagogy.


  • MA Design Studies: Applied Imagination, University of the Arts, London (2009)
  • PGCE in Secondary Design and Technology, University of Cambridge (2009)
  • BA Hons Graphic Arts (2:1), Liverpool School of Art and Design (2002)
  • BTEC National Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design (Merit), Manchester School of Art (1999)

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Design Research Society (2016-present)
  • CPD Officer for the Access Association, Northern Region (2013-2014)
  • STEMNET STEM Ambassador (2013-present)
  • Associate of the Include Network, Leeds (2013-present)
  • Associate of the Early Years Network, Leeds (2013-present)
  • Associate of the Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) at the University of Leeds (2011-present)
  • Associate of Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (2011-present)


* As corresponding author

  1. Moore, A. M., Holt, R., and Beckett, A. (2014, September 4) The Emergent Role of the Social Designer. In Bohemia, E., Rieple, A., Liedtka, J., & Cooper, R. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference: Design Management in an Era of Disruption. Paper presented at the 19th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference, London College of Fashion, 2nd- 4th September (pp.1971-1987). Design Management Institute.
  2. Holt, R. J., Moore, A. M., & Beckett, A. E. (2014). Together Through Play: Facilitating Inclusive Play Through Participatory Design. In Inclusive Designing (pp. 245-255). Springer International Publishing.
  3. Holt, R., Moore, A. M., & Beckett, A. (2011). Together through play: Facilitating meaningful play for disabled & non-disabled children through participatory design. Inclusive Designing: Joining Usability, Accessibility, and Inclusion.
  4. Cole, J., & Whistance, D. (2003). Creative CV Guide. Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College.

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