Steven Ney

25 Apr

HPI School of Design Thinking


"Empathy in Design Thinking"


“Steven Ney completed his doctorate in the policy sciences at the Department of Comparative Politics in the University of Bergen. Trained as a policy analyst at the University of London, Steven Ney has worked on a wide range of policy issues in a number of research institutes including the LOS Center in Bergen, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Comparative Research in the Social Sciences (ICCR) in Vienna and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg. After spending four years from 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University, Steven Ney became Assistant Professor for Policy Science and Social Entrepreneurship at Jacobs University, Bremen in August 2009. Steven joined the HPI School of Design Thinking in July 2015, where he is responsible for developing new teaching formats for design thinking as well as inquiring into the impact of design thinking on large organisations. Starting as a researcher of environmental issues, particularly climate change, Steven Ney has developed an interest in analysing the way societies deal with complex and uncertain policy challenges. Specifically, Steven Ney is interested in processes of institutional change and reform. Recently, Steven Ney has concentrated on social innovation and processes of transformation design, such as design thinking, as a vehicle of sustainable institutional change.”


Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts?
“Upstarts is groundbreaking because it concentrates the energy and power of entrepreneurship in social problems. What is more, it shows young entrepreneurs that starting up a business needs to be about solving problems.”

How would you ‘Re-educate Education’?
“I would re-educate education so that it provides the kind of support that suit the needs of individual children and young people so that they can live up to their potential.”