This is an extraordinary time to work with light. New technologies for creating and controlling light, new understanding of the impact of light on our brains and bodies - and and a new awareness of the environmental impact of the way we light our homes and cities.

Dr Shelley James has a PhD from the Royal College of Art and is an international expert on light and well-being. She recently appeared on the award-winning BBC series Innovations that Changed the World and on the webinar series the Neuroscience of Light that attracted over 800 guests from all over the world. Current clients include Glaxo Smithkline, the Royal Society of British Sculptors and Bristol University.

Shelley is a passionate advocate for public engagement with science. She is Associate Artist at King's College London, has an ongoing Residency at the Bristol Eye Hospital and a Visiting Lectureship at the Royal College of Art. 

Speaking engagements include the Royal Society of Great Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of the History of Science, the Corning Glass Studio, New York and the International Mathematics Society. 


Shelley holds a first degree in Textiles from the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.  Her research and thesis on the international colour forecasting industry provided a solid foundation for a successful career as a branding consultant. Clients included Visa International, Shell and Cancer Research UK as well as consumer brands such as Habitat and Sony Ericsson. 

Shelley was fascinated by new digital technologies and the power of vision to shape consumer behaviour and returned to study, earning a Distinction for her Masters in Multidisciplinary Printmaking. Her research sparked a collaboration with the Bristol Eye Hospital that continues to this day.  

Her groundbreaking research on vision and illusion was awarded a PhD from the Royal College of Art, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

A growing awareness of the broader impact of light on health and well being - and the immense potential offered by a new generation of lighting and control technologies led to further study. Shelley now holds qualifications in lighting design and electrical installations and is on a mission to share her passion with the world.


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