Ashley's international activity has included leading cross-cultural design innovation collaborations and he has developed and led commercial-academic partnerships in the transport sector. Ashley completed a BA in Furniture Design at Nottingham Trent University and received his Master's from the RCA in 1992. His doctoral research on translocated making at the University of Technology in Sydney explored cultural transfer between diverse socio-spatial groups in a series of collaborative practice based experimental design projects. Ashley has over 50 academic publications and outputs ranging from books and chapters to papers, reports and documentaries. He is a fellow of the design society and senior fellow of the higher education authority and is a peer reviewer for the AHRC and numerous conferences and journals. He currently supervises a dozen practice-based PhD candidates in industrial design, design engineering, innovation, cybernetics and design education applied in technology focus areas that range from the internet of things to artificial intelligence. He is also a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing supporting social engineering design.