Julia Cassim studied fine art at Manchester College of Art and Design and at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music on a Japanese Ministry of Education postgraduate scholarship. She has an MPhil from the International Centre for Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, is visiting professor at Kyushu University and Hadassah College Jerusalem, a trustee of the charity Mobility Choice and lectures widely on inclusive design in the UK and internationally.
Julia's main research focus is the development of creative partnerships between people with disabilities and designers, investigating ways to involve them in the design process to encourage innovative, inclusive thinking and the design of mainstream products, services, communications and environments that work better for all.
The DBA Inclusive Design Challenge, which Julia organised annually from 2000, has proved influential. She has developed and extended the model in different contexts, in the UK and internationally, with 24 and 48 Hour Inclusive Design Challenges held in cities worldwide.
Julia was included in Design Week's 2010 Hot 50 list of people, organisations and movements that have influenced the design world.