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Dr Matt Malpass

Reader- Course Leader MA Industrial Design (MAID)
Central Saint Martins
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Matthew  Malpass


Matt Malpass is a designer and theorist working to advance design’s agency through critical design practice. He is a Reader in Critical Design Practice at University of the Arts London: Central Saint Martins where he leads the Industrial Design Programme. His research works to contextualize the field of critical design practice by considering the approaches used to establish the critical move through design. He advocates design’s agency in tackling complex social, political and environmental problems through critical, speculative, empathetic, plural and participatory design practices. His work explores the role critical and peripheral design practice plays in expanding design’s disciplinary purview. Matt is an experienced Principle Investigator, PhD supervisor, examiner and editor. He has led a number of AHRC and EU funded projects. He is regularly called upon to comment on design issues in academic contexts, design press and popular media.