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Dr Craig Martin

Senior Lecturer in Design Context

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Design Theory; Cultural Geographies of Design; Design and Mobilities; Materiality and Object Oriented Ontology; Michel Serres and Material Culture; Vernacular Design and Weather Cultures.

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Royal Holloway, University of London
Containing (Dis)order: A Cultural Geography of Distributive Space

Research Interests

Dr Craig Martin is a cultural geographer and design theorist. His research focuses on 'design geographies': the interplay between cultural geography and the social forces of mundane design. This emerges through a variety of interests including design mobilities; design and place-making; new material cultures; non-representational theories and affective atmospherics; and object-centred geographies. 

Craig's research has been widely published in journals including ‘Mobilities', 'Society and Space', and 'Environment and Planning A', as well as edited collections including Architecture in the Space of Flows (2011), Stillness in a Mobile World (2011), and Cargomobilities (2015). He is currently at work on a book for Bloomsbury (as part of their Object Lessons series) about the material-cultural significance of the shipping container, as well as a reader on Design Geographies.

His current research is focused on four substantive projects: 'Dunnage: The Mundane Materialities of Packaged Mobilities’ (looking at the material-culture significance of packaging design); 'The Material Culture of Illicit Mobilities’ (investigating the role of mundane objects in smuggling practices); 'Engaging Elemental Forces: Vernacular Design Traditions in Scottish Blackhouses’ (focussing on the relationship between the construction of these historical dwellings and climatic conditions); 'Weather Cultures and Ad Hoc Design’ (looking at the link between contemporary ad hoc ‘design’ practices, weather, and place-making in Scottish island communities).

Craig teaches design cultures across all the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the School of Design. He also co-supervises eight PhD candidates, and is keen to supervise in the areas associated with his research, particularly design cultures; cultural geographies of design; design mobilities; materiality and object oriented ontology; Michel Serres and material culture; vernacular design and weather cultures.

Research outputs

  1. Shipping container

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Why Ship Air?: Packaging Design, Mobilities, and the Materiality of Void Fillers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Bloomsbury Academic

    Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsPublication peer-review

  2. Displaced Energy: Informal Innovation and Humanitarian Design

    Activity: External academic engagementInvited talk

  3. RGS-IBG Annual Conference

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

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Research projects

  1. Material Culture of Drug Smuggling

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

  2. CHSS Mid-Career Fellowship

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

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