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Dr Matt Malpass

Reader-Critical Design
Central Saint Martins
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Matthew  Malpass


Matt Malpass is a Reader in Critical Design Practice at University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins where he coordinates the Product Ceramic and Industrial Design Programme. He is the author of Critical Design in Context: History Theory and Practices published by Bloomsbury. Malpass works to contextualize the field of critical design practice by considering the methods and principles used to establish the critical move through design. His current work explores the transdisciplinary nature of Speculative Critical Design and the problems and opportunities that transdisciplinary offers. He works to question the use of critical design as a form of public engagement in a context of design-led social innovation, and how models of open design and manufacture disrupt and advance the principles and practices of design offering opportunities for social impact through citizen-centred innovation. Malpass is an experienced PhD supervisor, examiner and journal editor. He is regularly called upon to comment on design issues in academic contexts, design press and popular media.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Erasmus+ - Key Action 2 - Knowledge Alliances, Open Design and Manufacturing: OD&M


Current research students

  • Roxanne Alves Leitão, Codesigning Support Solutions for Victims of Cyberstalking and Abuse: reclaiming privacy and safety on the Internet of Things (Lead supervisor)
  • Carla Capeto, Space Dramaturgies; Performative Environments in Interactive Art. (Lead supervisor)
  • Maja Grakalic, Critical and Progressive Design in former Yugoslavia. (Lead supervisor)
  • Oonagh O'Hagan, The Never-Ending Object: considering theories on desire, could anti-counterfeiting techniques and related technologies influence the design of fashion objects and develop our relationship with them? (Lead supervisor)
  • Giorgio Salani, Towards a taxonomy of artisanal ceramic tableware: a practice-led enquiry into qualities and values in contemporary British and Japanese pottery. (Lead supervisor)
  • Christina Skarpari, Design tools which facilitate inter-communal dialogue and activate engagement with local vernacular culture, for better coexistence (Lead supervisor)