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I am an educator, researcher and practitioner in design for social innovation and sustainability.
I explore the impact of the sustainability agenda on our theories and practices of design, and modes of design practice which are explicitly social and take design into new territories. My PhD asked 'What is design?' - a question I continue to explore, specifically in relation to concerns of ecological and social sustainability.
My books are the influential course reader Design for Sustainable Change (AVA Academia, 2011), and the monograph Beyond Recycling (Routledge, 2021). I am a highly experienced doctoral supervisor and examiner, and have been external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses across a broad range of design disciplines.
I have good experience of knowledge transfer and business development for sustainable design. Collaborators include Design Council, D&AD, Surrey County Council, PTI Education, London Remade.
I have been course leader of MA Sustainable Design since 2011. This is a pioneering and internationally leading practice-based master's course for designers of all disciplines. I have led other courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including BA Design Studies, Graduate Diploma Creative Practice and MA Professional Practice (Design) – a masters by learning agreement.
Senior Lecturer | Course Leader MA Sustainable Design
Micklethwaite, Paul (2022) Sustainable Design Masters : increasing the sustainability literacy of designers. Sustainability, 14(6), p. 3255. ISSN (online) 2071-1050
Micklethwaite, Paul (2019) Book Review of: 'Design ecology politics : towards the ecocene' by Joanna Boehnert. Design Journal, 22(6), pp. 905-999. ISSN (print) 1460-6925
Kulnik, Stefan Tino, Postges, Heide, Townsend, Rosemary, Micklethwaite, Paul and Jones, Fiona (2019) A gift from experience : co-production and co-design in stroke and self-management. Design for Health, 3(1), pp. 98-118. ISSN (print) 2473-5132
Micklethwaite, Paul (2015) Book Review of 'Designing sustainability : making radical changes in a material world' by Stuart Walker. The Design Journal, 18(2), pp. 295-299. ISSN (print) 1460-6925
Micklethwaite, Paul (2012) Book Review of: 'Open design now: why design cannot remain exclusive' by Bas van Abel, Lucas Evers, Roel Klaassen and Peter Troxler. The Design Journal, 15(4), pp. 493-496. ISSN (print) 1460-6925
Micklethwaite, Paul (2011) Exhibition review of 'Sustainable Futures – Can Design Make a Difference?' Design Museum, London, England, March 31– September 5, 2010. Design & Culture, 3(2), pp. 239-242. ISSN (print) 1754-7075
Micklethwaite, Paul [Reviewer] (2010) Aspirational sustainability? [Exhibtion] Review of Eco Home , Geffrye Museum, London, October 13, 2009–February 7, 2010. Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture, 1(1-2), pp. 154-157. ISSN (print) 2041-9112
Massey, Anne and Micklethwaite, Paul (2009) Unsustainability: towards a new design history with reference to British utility. Design philosophy papers(2), ISSN (online) 1448-7136
Micklethwaite, Paul (2008) The narrator is an Englishman, recently returned from China: or, internationalism & sustainability. KIOSK(2), pp. 16-19. ISSN (print) 1755-9626
Micklethwaite, Paul (2005) Discussing art and design education: themes from interviews with UK design stakeholders. The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 24(1), pp. 84-92. ISSN (print) 1476-8062
Micklethwaite, P and Chick, A (2005) Remarkable Pencils Ltd: breaking out of the green niche. Design Management Review, 16(3), pp. 23-28. ISSN (print) 1557-0614
Chick, Anne and Micklethwaite, Paul (2004) Specifying recycled: understanding UK architects' and designers' practices and experience. Design Studies, 25(3), pp. 251-273. ISSN (print) 0142-694X
Chick, Anne and Micklethwaite, Paul (2011) Design for sustainable change : how design and designers can drive the sustainability agenda. Lausanne, Switzerland : AVA. 184p. (Required Reading Range) ISBN 9782940411306
Micklethwaite, Paul (2019) Design against consumerism. In: Massey, Anne, (ed.) A companion to contemporary design since 1945. Hoboken, U.S. : Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 436-456. (Wiley Blackwell Companions to Art History, (15)) ISBN 9781119111184
Micklethwaite, Paul (2017) Products of the open design context. In: Chapman, Jonathan, (ed.) Routledge handbook of sustainable product design. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 514-526. (Routledge Handbooks) ISBN 9781138910171
Micklethwaite, Paul (2015) Immaterial culture? The (un)sustainability of screens. In: Maxwell, Richard , Raundalen, Jon and Vestberg, Nina Lager, (eds.) Media and the Ecological Crisis. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 19-39. (Routledge research in cultural and media studie, (67)) ISBN 9780415709231
Micklethwaite, Paul (2009) Delivering on the promise: success and failure in academic knowledge transfer. In: Corrigan, Nicola , Sayce, Sarah and Taylor, Ros, (eds.) Sustainability in practice: from local to global: making a difference. Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University Press. pp. 201-207. ISBN 9781899999446
Chick, A. and Micklethwaite, P. (2004) 'Closing the loop' - the role of design in the success of six small UK recycled product manufacturers. In: Bhamra, Tracy and Hon, Bernard, (eds.) Design and manufacture for sustainable development 2004: 1st - 2nd September 2004 at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University, UK. Bury St Edmunds, UK : Professional Engineering Publishing Limited. pp. 249-262. ISBN 1860584705
Micklethwaite, Paul, Charny, Daniel, Alvarado, Maya, Cassim, Julia, Dong, Yumei and de Vere, Ian (2020) Fixperts : models, learning and social contexts. In: DRS2020 (Design Research Society conference); 11-14 Aug 2020, Brisbane, Australia (held online).
Micklethwaite, Paul, O'Connor, Kieran and Elliott, Samantha (2019) Market as Manufactory. Making Communities. In: Running with Scissors : 13th International Conference of the European Academy Design; 10-12 Apr 2019, Dundee, U.K..
Micklethwaite, Paul and Knifton, Robert (2017) Climate change : design teaching for a new reality. In: 12th European Academy of Design Conference : Design for next; 12 - 14 Apr 2017, Rome, Italy.
Micklethwaite, Paul (2007) Delivering on the promise: a discussion of success and failure in knowledge transfer projects. In: Sustainability in practice: from local to global: making a difference; 06 - 07 Sep 2007, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Chick, A and Micklethwaite, P (2004) 'Closing the loop': the role of design in the success of six small UK recycled product manufacturers. In: 3rd International Conference on Design & Manufacture for Sustainable Development; 01 - 02 Sep 2004, Loughborough, U.K..
Micklethwaite, P and Chick, A (2004) Remarkable Pencils Ltd: developing a 'recycled' brand. In: International Conference on Innovation by Brand and Design; 11-12 Nov 2004, Seoul, South Korea. (Unpublished)
Chick, A and Micklethwaite, P (2004) www.inspirerecycle.org: inspiring design-led recycled product innovation. In: Futureground: Design Research Society International Conference; 17-21 Nov 2004, Melbourne, Australia.
Micklethwaite, Paul (2003) Design means different things to different people. In: 5th European Academy of Design Conference; 28 - 30 Apr 2003, Barcelona, Spain.
Chick, Anne and Micklethwaite, Paul (2003) "Recycled tigers' teeth?": obstacles to UK designers specifying recycled products and materials. In: 5th European Academy of Design Conference; 28-30 April 2003, Barcelona, Spain.
Chick, A and Micklethwaite, P (2002) Obstacles to UK architects and designers specifying recycled products and materials. In: Design History Society Conference; 3-5 Sep 2002, Aberystwyth, Wales. (Unpublished)