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Dr Sarah Palmer-Smith

  • 01202 961404
  • spalmer at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Poole House P118, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Cross-cultural engagement for design and engineering practitioners: investigation into the challenges of managing and overseeing projects in the cross cultural setting (China), using qualitative data from UK companies. Exploring the contextual and cultural implications of transnational practice; their impact and/or influence on the potential successful outcome of a project.

Further, investigation into the implementation of an experiential learning pedagogy in-context by engineering companies in order to develop employees for cross-cultural business. Using experiential learning to develop 'global skills' and cultural intelligence (CQ) in employees in order to improve potential project outcome.


Journal Articles

  • Feunekes, U., Palmer, S., Feunekes, A., MacNaughton, J., Cunningham, J. and Mathisen, K., 2011. Taking the Politics Out of Paving: Achieving Transportation Asset Management Excellence Through OR. Interfaces, 41, 51-65.


Profile of Teaching UG

  • Final Design Project (DBM), Final Design Project (Industrial Design), Contextual Design, Visualisation Tools, Masters Group Project (AY2016-7)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Placements Academic, Placements Office

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Supporting students with JDF Bursaries to deliver Design & Make Workshops in local schools for Year 8 pupils. STEM Promotion, Widening Participation.


  • Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Cross-Cultural Engagement; Design Engineering (University of Southampton, 2017)
  • BTEC in Graphic Design & Packaging (Southampton (HE), 1985)
  • BA (Hons) in BA (Hons) Communication & Media Production (Comput (Bournemouth University (Polytechnic), 1990)
  • MA in Computer Animation (Bournemouth University, 1991)
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