Damian Chapman


As the Assistant Dean in the faculty of Engineering, Computing and the Environment (ECE) at Kingston University, I am responsible for overseeing the strategic development and implementation of the School of Computing & Mathematics, School of Engineering, and the School of Built Environment & Geography. I am also KU academic project lead for Leadership & Development as part of the People stream in our Kingston University, Town House strategy. In these roles innovation and learning are core.  

I have been Head of the Design School in Kingston's faculty of KSA for nearly 5 years before joining ECE, facilitating leadership and design innovation in a vibrant school management group that shares ideas, a clear financial model and a creative community. We thrive on exciting projects engaging industry, research, and student partners. Through these, the school continues to enjoy national/international awards, and impactful knowledge exchange initiatives, and explore our subject disciplines fostering collaborative practices.

I continue to deliver impactful educational programs, with, at their core, a design approach enabling creativity, inter-disciplinary excellence and knowledge exchange setting up new opportunities for our future. My doctoral research in the School of Design at the RCA focuses on the application of design principles applied to interdisciplinary learning models within the computing and engineering industry. Specifically, my research explores the intersection of cybernetics and organisational theory to develop systemic learning practices that accelerate innovation. Through this work, I continue to challenge and address questions enabling the co-construction of insights that expedite transformative knowledge exchange.

Academic responsibilities

Head of School


  • MA Print / Photomedia (CSM)
  • PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Art & Design (CLTAD - UAL) Distinction.
  • BA Print & Photomedia (CSM), 1st Class Hons

Teaching and learning

Qualifications and expertise

  • PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Art & Design (CLTAD - UAL) Distinction.
  • Fellow: Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate courses taught


Multiple publications/presentations on design and learning, including:

• Research presentation (2022) Chapman, D., Doyle, K., McLeish TJ. Prototyping Conversations. #NewMacy - Relating Systems thinking and design (RSD11) Systemic Design Association Symposium (https://doi.org/10.21428/0e270dcf.279fda6b).

• Research presentation: (2022) Chapman, D., A design framework to enable better understanding of human factors in complex data streams in the Energy industry's transition RCA: School of Design Student Research Symposium

• Research development Chair: (2021) ‘A Question of HE: The future of digital technology in higher education' School of Design, Kingston University: D Chapman, Dr Aybige Yilmaz, Clare Conway, Professor Sara de Freitas & Dr Tony Reeves

• Conference paper: Chapman, D., Wang, S., (2020) Individual 'Trace' in Knowledge Space A novel design approach for human-systems interaction IHIET-AI 2020 ISBN: ISBN 978-3-030-44267-5 (Springer).

• Conference paper: Chapman, D., Wang, S., (2019) 'Trace: A Crucial Data Visualisation Method in Intelligent Manufacturing' INAIT 2019

• Conference paper: Phipps, L., Allen, R., Hartland, D., Chapman, D., Whitton, N., Thomson, S., Bryant, P., Hussein, A., Rowett, S., Scott, A.-M., Krohn, A., (2018) 'Next generation [digital] learning environments present and future' (Chapter by D. Chapman). JISC Rep.

• Conference paper: Watt, C., Chapman, D., Misbah, W. (2013) Leveraging the fuzzy front end: Encouraging radical innovation: 7th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices at Chiba University. Japan

Areas of specialism

  • Interaction design
  • Design innovation
  • Communication design
  • User Experience design