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Research Interests

relational design; craft theory, and craft as epistemology; design methodologies; humanistic psychotherapy in design; Carl Rogers' Person-Centre Approach as a framework for design for health and wellbeing, and for participatory design methodologies; future technology innovation through ('traditional') material practices; digital jewellery; e-textile development; wearable technology studies and innovation informed by social sciences and fashion theory

Research Groups

Chair of the RAFT research group, Edinburgh College of Art

convener, Design Research Society Special Interest Group: Tangible, Embedded & Networked Technology (‘tentSIG’)

Arcintex international research network steering group member (2011-date)

elected council member, Design Research Society (2013-2017)


Course Organiser: Design Identities: Roles and Ecologies (SCQF10, 20 cr) DESI10147

2020/21 teaching on:

Objects of Desire (PGT)

Digital Crafting (PGT) DESI11163

Design and Society DESI08140

Film Medicine (PGT) DESI11116


Personal Statement

I am Chair of Material and Design Innovation at Edinburgh College of Art, at the University of Edinburgh. From September to December 2018 I was head of the Jewellery and Silversmithing subject area at ECA, before accepting the 3-year citizenship role of Head of the School of Design in January 2018. Most recently I have also been seconded as a Fellow of the Edinburgh Futures Institute. Previously, I was Reader in Relational Design at Nottingham Trent University, investigating craft-led and person-centred methodologies for ethical participatory design with near future technologies.


Fellow of the Edinburgh Futures Institute

From 2019-2022 I am seconded as Fellow to the new Futures Institute being built in the historic Infirmary building in the centre of the city. My remit is to develop a new PGT programme in material and design innovation for a professional cohort, using diverse delivery modes and meshing the programme with others to enable radically interdisciplinary student-led pathways. I also contribute to the Studio group, advising on fit-out of the learning spaces for interdisciplinary learning, research and innovation.


Head of the School of Design; ECA, January 2018 - September 2020

I led a complex Design school with ~80 fte staff and 500 students across 22 programmes at UG and PG levels. I was supported by a management group within the school, and contributed to leadership as part of a team across Edinburgh College of Art.

Reader in Relational Design; Nottingham Trent University, UK, August 2015 – September 2017

Senior Lecturer, Product Design; Nottingham Trent University, UK, Oct 2009 – August 2015

Research Fellow, Technical Textiles & Wearable Concept Development; Nottingham Trent University, April – July 2009

Visiting Tutor, Interdisciplinary Crafts/MA Design; Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Jan – April 2009

Research Fellow, Technical Textiles & Wearable Concept Development; Nottingham Trent University, April – November 2008


Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education (PGCHE); UK Higher Education Academy, 2012

PhD Crafting the Wearable Computer: Design Process and User Experience; Edinburgh Napier University, 2007             

MSc Multimedia & Interactive Systems Design; Edinburgh Napier University, 2002                                                                                                                                                   

BA (Hons) Design (Silversmithing and Jewellery); Glasgow School of Art, 1993


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