Matthew Watkins

Matthew Watkins

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment

Staff Group(s)
Product Design


Senior Lecturer in Product Design

Career overview

Visiting Lecturer in Sustainability at the University of Hertfordshire 2011-2013
Part Time Lecturer on MSc in Rapid Product Development at De Montfort University 2011-2012

Research areas

Matthew's current research concerns design education, specifically innovative teaching and learning as well as social sustainability.

His PhD considered the most effective methods to teach the social aspects of Sustainable Product Design to Product design students in Higher Education in the UK and Ireland.

Matthew's former research has concerned the application of Additive Manufacturing (AM) through Custom Fit applications and the use of AM in secondary schools.


Watkins, M (2014) Towards an understanding of the social aspects of sustainability in product design: teaching HE students in the UK and Ireland through reflection and peer learning.  Design and Technology Education 19 (1).

Watkins, M. (2013) Defining the Social Dimension of Sustainability in Product Design, Key Engineering Materials, Advanced Design and Manufacture V

Watkins, M. Fostering deep learning in respect to the social aspects of sustainable product design In: Reitan, J. B. et al. Proceedings of DRS // CUMULUS 2013: 2nd International Conference for Design Education Researchers, 14-17th May 2013 Oslo, Norway: ABM-media 1144-1157

Watkins, M. and Lofthouse, V. A Review of Sustainability within Product and Industrial Design Courses in British Universities In: Boks, C., McMahon, C., Ion, W. and Parkinson, B. Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, 2nd-3rd September 2010 Trondheim, Norway: Institute of Engineering Designers 346-351.

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Press expertise

  • Product design
  • Design education
  • Design thinking
  • Sustainable design
  • Social sustainability
  • Design for society
  • Design activism
  • Design for the Other 90%
  • Design management