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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.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Design: Public Services, £42,466.00, (2020-2020)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Design: Public Services, £42,466.00, (2020-2020)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Design: Public Services, £42,466.00, (2020-2020)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Design Fellowship - Design Research in Public Services, £42,465.48, (2020-2020)
  • Erasmus+ - Key Action 2 - Knowledge Alliances, Open Design and Manufacturing: OD&M, €984.86, (2017-2019)

Research Outputs

Conference, Symposium or Workshop item



Current research students

  • Xavière Bouyer, The role of Transdisciplinary research and design in Making public at CCI - Pompidou Centre (Lead supervisor)
  • Lesley-Ann Daly, Design is ethics: the case of Sensory Augmentation (Joint supervisor)
  • Maja Grakalic, Critical and Progressive Design in former Yugoslavia. (Lead supervisor)
  • Russell Merryman, Interactive Television: Red button services and the development of digital audiences in the UK. (Joint 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)
  • Megan Rowden, The bond between maker, material and the audience (Joint supervisor)
  • Ingrid Rundberg,, Things that may be true. (Joint supervisor)
  • Christina Skarpari, Design tools which facilitate inter-communal dialogue and activate engagement with local vernacular culture, for better coexistence (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Roxanne Alves Leitão, Technology-facilitated intimate partner abuse: addressing the issue through codesign with survivors and support workers (Lead supervisor)
  • Carla Capeto, Space Dramaturgies; Performative Environments in Interactive Art. (Lead supervisor)
  • Yemima Safra, Interactive Realities: Harnessing collaborative interactive-documentary for upstream policy development (Joint 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)


3D design and product design