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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    20142019
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    Personal profile

    Research Interests

    My research interest is in developing tools and approaches to improve the design of products distributed in low income countries. I have worked on a number of projects funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund which utilise design methods and new technology to improve the livelihood of those living on less than $1 a day. I also have an interest in supporting creative design practice by blending physical design outputs with digital experiences.

    Employment

    • 2017 to Present –  Aston University: Lecturer in Product Design
    • 2015 to 2017     –  De Montfort University: Lecturer in Digital Product Design
    • 2011 to 2015     –  Loughborough University: PhD Studentship
    • 2010 to 2013     –  Pure Water Technology: Director, Product Developer
    • 2010 to 2011     –  Centre for Vision in the Developing World: Industrial Designer
    • 2008 to 2009     –  The Technology Partnership: Industrial Designer

    Qualifications

    • 2015 – PhD Enhancing New Product Development in Low Income Economies. Loughborough University, UK
    • 2010 – BA (Hons) Industrial Design and Technology with first class honours. Loughborough University, UK

    Awards

    • 2018     International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) - Thinking Materials: Finalist
    • 2013     DesRes: Best Research Presentation
    • 2013     Lloyds Young Enterprise: Runner Up, Highly Commended
    • 2011     INDEX Design to Improve Life Award - Pure Water Bottle: Finalist, Highly Commended
    • 2011     Core77 Design Award - Pure Water Bottle: Finalist, Highly Commended
    • 2011     International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) - Pure Water Bottle: Sliver
    • 2010     James Dyson Award - Pure Water Bottle: UK Winner

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Member of Institute of Engineering Designers
    • Member of the Design Research Society
    • Member of the Royal Society of Arts

    PhD Supervision

    • Hikima Jewu. Title: Impact of design on products for Low Income Economies 

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • 2019 - Principle Investigator. Title; Circular Digital Manufacturing: A toolkit to disseminate a circular economy approach to 3D Printing with plastic waste in Kenya and surrounding African countries. GCRF £90,504
    • 2019 - Co Investigator. Title: Raising awareness of inclusive crafts: building capacity and self-sufficiency of communication within the charity SAFOD and the countries of SA. £71,822
    • 2018 – Co Investigator. Title: Wealth from Waste: Value added products for Chennai waste pickers. Funded by Royal Academy of Engineers GCRF Frontiers Scheme 4. £30,000
    • 2017 – Principle Investigator. Title; Building 3D printing capacity in Kenya: Utilising a co-design approach to create essential products. Funded by Royal Academy of Engineers GCRF Frontiers Scheme 3. £20,000
    • 2017 – Principle Investigator. Title; User-centred cookstove design in urban areas of Mozambique and Malawi. Funded by Royal Academy of Engineers GCRF Frontiers Scheme 3. £20,000
    • 2017 - Co Investigator. Title; Expression of heritage and culture through inclusive arts and crafts design: empowering people with disability to contribute to their community in Southern Africa. Funded by AHRC GCRF Network Award. £54,939
    • 2016 – Co Investigator. Title: Design futures: Exploring internationally comparative product design methods to meet material need, facilitate entrepreneurship and create employment. Funded by AHRC GCRF Network Award. £57,395
    • 2016 – Co Investigator. Title: Bottle House- A multi-disciplinary approach in co-creating an affordable, Self-sufficient home in Nigeria. Funded by Research Investment Fund. £23,500
    • 2016 – Lead Supervisor. PhD Title: Enhancing the Design of Products for Low Income Economies. Funded by DMU Studentship Award. £56,988
    • 2016 – Principle Investigator. Title: Approaches to Human Centred Design in Low Income Economies. Funded by Global Travel Fund. £4,829

    Teaching Activity

    Programme Director:

    • BSc Product Design

    Module Leadership: 

    • Design Fundamentals                       
    • Industrial Design
    • Advanced Industrial Design
    • Digital Design Skills
    • Final Year Design Project

    External Connections and Partnerships

    Invited Guest Speaker

    • 2018 – Eduardo Mondale University, Mozambique. Title: Industrial Design: Perspective from the UK
    • 2018 – Clean Cook Stove Alliance. Title: Findings from the field – Clean cooking in Mozambique
    • 2017 – Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia. Title: Thinking Materials  
    • 2017 – Middle Eastern Technical University (METU), Turkey. Title: Thinking Materials 

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 4663
    Email: t.whitehead@aston.ac.uk 
    Room number: MB174

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Loughborough University

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    Research Output 2014 2019

    Local or Global? Approaches for New Product Development in Low-Income Countries

    Whitehead, T., Evans, M. & Bingham, G., 3 Sep 2019, In : The Design Journal. 22, 5, p. 707-723 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Product development
    Lighting
    Income
    Product Development
    Water

    Recycling of Plastics for Low Cost Construction

    Oyinlola, M. & Whitehead, T., 15 May 2019, Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Elsevier

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Why waste plastic bottles are a valuable resource

    Whitehead, T., 13 Jun 2019, 1 p.

    Research output: Other contributionBlog Post

    File
    plastic waste
    resource
    developing world
    income
    product

    Bottle house: A case study of transdisciplinary research for tackling global challenges

    Oyinlola, M., Whitehead, T., Abuzeinab, A., Adefila, A., Akinola, Y., Anafi, F., Farukh, F., Jegede, O., Kandan, K., Kim, B. & Mosugu, E., 1 Sep 2018, In : Habitat International. 79, p. 18-29

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    transdisciplinary
    income
    Nigeria
    low income
    community
    Open Access
    File
    Manufacturing
    Product design
    Development assistance
    Design research
    Economic development

    Press / Media

    Circular Plastic Research Summary

    Timothy Whitehead

    19/04/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research