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Dr Paul Micklethwaite

Senior lecturer, The Design School, Kingston University.

Dr Paul Micklethwaite Areas of expertise

Find out more about Dr Paul Micklethwaite


Paul's primary interest is concerned with the impact of the contemporary sustainability agenda on the theory and practice of design. His co-authored book 'Design for Sustainable Change' (AVA Academia, written with Anne Chick) was published in May 2011.

He teaches, writes, supervises research students, and undertakes research and knowledge transfer projects across a wide range of areas within the field of design for sustainability. He also has a particular interest in "design for social innovation" - an emerging area of design practice in which design methods and principles are applied to addressing social challenges. These challenges could range from reducing high teenage pregnancy rates to how to protect vulnerable adults.

Since joining the Faculty in January 2002 Paul has collaborated with sustainability-led design companies and manufacturers on knowledge transfer and research projects, for example Remarkable Pencils Ltd. and Greenworks.  He has organised and chaired numerous design research dissemination events and 'sustainable design' and 'sustainable business' training events for the design professions. Paul has also reviewed exhibitions and books for the journals Design and Culture, Interiors and The Design Journal.

 Paul is a strong contributor to Faculty research culture, and edited the 2009 and 2010 issues of KIOSK, the Faculty's annual publication of art, design and architecture. He also coordinated Kingston University's presence at Ecobuild 2011, ExCel, London, the world's largest sustainable design event and is currently working on the 2012 event.

Twitter:  @micklethwaite












Year gained Subject
2002 PhD, What is design? University of Huddersfield.
1997 MA, Innovation Studies, University of Huddersfield.
1995 BA, Philosophy and English, University of York.

Career Highlights

Year Position held
2002 - Senior Research Fellow, The Design School, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Kingston University.




Paul's co-authored book 'Design for Sustainable Change' (AVA Academia, written with Anne Chick) was published in May 2011

Chapter in Books


Design & Manufacture for Sustainable Development:
'Closing the loop': the role of design in the success of six small UK recycled product manufacturers
Co-Author: Anne Chick
Editors: Dr Tracy Bhamra & Professor Bernard Hon
Date: September 2004
Pagination: 249 - 262
ISBN: 1-86058-470-5
Publisher: Professional Engineering Publishing, Bury St Edmunds, UK

Design & Manufacture for Sustainable Development:
The 'recycled consumer': evidence and design implications
Editors: Dr Tracy Bhamra & Professor Bernard Hon.
Date: September 2004
Pagination: 77-90
ISBN: 1-86058-470-5
Publisher: Professional Engineering Publishing, Bury St Edmunds, UK

Journal Papers

Massey, A. & Micklethwaite, P. (2009) 'Unsustainability: towards a new design history with reference to British Utility'. Design Philosophy Papers, Issue 2, October.

Micklethwaite, P. (2005)
Discussing art and design education: themes from interviews with UK design stakeholders
International Journal of Art & Design Education, 24 (1), pp. 84-92

Micklethwaite, P. & Chick, A. (2005)
Remarkable Pencils Ltd: Breaking out of the green niche
Design Management Review, 16 (3) [Summer 2005]. pp. 23-2

Chick, A. and Micklethwaite, P. (2004)
Specifying recycled: understanding UK architects' and designers' practices and experience
Design Studies Journal, 25 (3), pp 251-273.



Media Highlights

Paul is happy to help media with both background information and to give interviews on his area of expertise.

Conference Highlights

Paul has been an invited speaker and keynote presenter at conferences across the world, including Australia, China, Korea, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK.  


























Key Industry Roles

Knowledge transfer project:

"Increasing the sustainability of contract and office furniture manufacture and supply" (in a consortium led by British Furniture Manufacturers Ltd.) Funded by UK Government DTI Technology Programme (Technology Strategy Board).

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