Natasha Trotman

International equalities designers and researcher

Natasha Trotman is an Equalities Designer whose practice explores extending the frontiers of knowledge around mental difference, which includes non-typical ways of being, body minds and marginalised experiences, in addition to also reframing mainstream notions of equality, equity, diversity, and inclusion toward post-normative equity. This is done via an intersectional design lens, involving the forming of physical interactions through investigative play and policy design. It includes working with neurodiverse communities and people with varied abilities, including dyspraxic and autistic persons, as well as those living with a dementia.

Natasha has a Masters degree in Information Experience Design from the Royal College of Art. Previously working as a Research Associate at The Royal College of Art’s Helen Hamlyn Centre for Inclusive Design (HHCD) as well as at The Wellcome Collection Hub on the Wellcome Trust and HHCD Design and The Mind Research 2 year project focused on engagement and co-creation with neurodiverse groups and neurodivergent individuals. She has been appointed as a Co-production Strategic implementation Panel Member for Local government and also sits on a local authority Inclusive Design Review Panel. Natasha has exhibited widely, creating multi-modal offerings, interactions and workshops, including a residency at Somerset House, and working with Wellcome, The British Council, The London Design Biennale, The V&A, The National Gallery and Tate Britain.

“Adversity, courage and solidarity were braided together to create a spark, this has illuminated a question: What would our cities, towns and rural areas be like if they centred disabled and impaired people? It’s the existing systems that need to be broken down and reconfigured, not people.”

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