Loughborough University

Yolandi Burger

Research Fellow (Built environment and design)

My expertise is in co-design methodologies, responsible citizenship, social change, and research impact, applied in the context of collaboration between local communities, creative industries practitioners, and NGOs. My design research interests combine the emerging importance of graphic heritage for social impact through design pedagogy and educational technologies in real world scenarios. I have pioneered the development of graphic heritage in South Africa through her work with Nelson Mandela Foundation, bringing together heritage practitioners, archive specialists, intellectual property and copyright professionals, creative industries practitioners, and urban planners, showcasing digital design prototypes for new approaches to conveying Mandela’s graphic heritage connected to places named after him. I hold a PhD in Higher Education Studies from the University of the Free State in South Africa together with a Master’s degree in Design.


  • Undergraduate design students’ experience of risk-taking in an open-ended design project
  • Towards appropriate sensory products for learners with learning problems: A case study-based review
  • Curriculum design as an enabler of student involvement and success in higher education
  • Learner and Subject at the Dawn of Digital Research-Led Teaching and Learning in the Time of Covid-19
  • Memorialising Madiba in South Africa
  • The absence of graphic representations of Madiba in Nelson Mandela Park, Mamelodi, South Africa
  • Placemaking through Mandela's Graphic Heritage: The UX Sprint of the Umsuka platform
  • Notes on public places in Madiba's memory: Using archival resources for graphic heritage interventions in urban development
  • An exploration of co-creating South African city brands to revive the tourism industry post a global pandemic
  • Named after Nelson [NaN] Impact Project

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Robert G. Harland

Reader in Urban Graphic Heritage - Loughborough

Robert G. Harland

Shichao Zhao

Lecturer in Digital Creativity (UX Design) - Loughborough

Shichao Zhao

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