Dr Linzi Ryan

Design Innovation, ALL Institute

Assistant Professor
MSc Programme Director

(01) 474 7589


Dr. Linzi Ryan is an Assistant Professor and Postgraduate Program Director in the Department of Design Innovation, where she teaches design thinking at under- and postgrad level.  She was the recipient of Ireland’s first PhD in Product and Service Systems Development, has a First-Class Honours Masters Degree in Product Design and Innovation, and a First Class Honors Degree in Industrial Design.   

She is an experienced product and service designer in both the public and private sector. For example, she was the Project Manager on the INTERRG Project ‘Extending independent living for older people’, which resulted in a permanent change to the delivery of Dementia services in the North West. As Project Manager on the INTERRG ‘Building Capacity for Service Design within Public Services’ Project, she worked with over 15 public bodies (including the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Education and Skills, the Health Service Executive and the Revenue Commissioners).  On this project she trained over 170 staff in the public sector, resulting in direct changes to the delivery of services.  On a strategic level, she has worked on the SEE (Sharing Experience Europe – project funded by the EU’s European Design Innovation Initiative) working with 11 partners across Europe to highlight the benefits of design-led innovation; and was an expert advisor on the development of a key report to Government which highlighted the importance of design called Design Driven Innovation: Why it Matters for SMEs.  

She continues to research and implement user-centered design, particularly in the area public sector and healthcare reform.

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Living Independently - Older person's needs in the home PI 03/05/2021 16000
Curriculum Design for Blended Learning (CDBL) Co-PI The project aim was to develop discipline capacity in learning design of blended program in postgraduate education at Maynooth University, using the MSc in Design Innovation as a pilot program. 31/08/2020 02/07/2021 60000

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 Ryan, Linzi (2021) 'Accessing community dementia care services in Ireland: Emotive barriers for caregivers'. Health and Social Care in the Community, . [Full-Text]
2015 Hadden, H; Ryan, L. (2015) 'Moving towards user-centred services in the Public Sector'. ITERATIONS Design Research and Practice Review, 02 (01):24-29. [DOI]
2014 Ryan, Linzi; Tormey, David; Share, Perry (2014) 'Cultural Barriers to the Transition from Product to Product Service in the Medical Device Industry'. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF (IJSSMET), 5 (2):36-50.
2012 Ryan, Linda (2012) 'An investigation of product service system models'. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF (IJSSMET), 3 (2).

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2012 Ryan, Linda; Tormey, David; Share, Perry (2012) Advanced Materials Research Constraints of Service Development within the Medical Device Industry: A Preliminary Study
2011 Ryan, Linzi; Tormey, David; Share, Perry (2011) International Conference on Exploring Services Science Comparison of research based vs. industry developed PSS models

Conference Contribution

Year Publication
2021 Dr. Linzi Ryan (2021) 14th World Congress On Alzheimers & Dementia Presentation of research findings from 'Accessing community dementia care services in Ireland: Emotional barriers for caregivers' Dubai, UAE, .
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
01/01/2010 Marion McAneney Graduate Research Award Intertrade Ireland
01/01/2018 Guest lecturer CIT
01/01/2013 Winner of the Irish finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup Microsoft
01/01/2008 Bee Purple Enterprise UK Awards University of Brighton

Teaching Interests

BSc Product Design (Marketing & Innovation)
PD201 Design History & Culture
PD262 Societal Challenges & Service Innovation
PD309 Human Computer Interaction

MSc Design Innovation, Maynooth University
PD616 Service Innovation

MSc Digital Health Transformation, University of Limerick
CS6024 Digital Health & Well-being in the Community