School: The Design School
Position: Senior Research Fellow
Paul is not a designer. He is interested in design as a cultural practice. Paul's primary interests are in the impact of the sustainability agenda on the theory and practice of design, and emerging modes of design practice such as social innovation and open design. He developed social research capabilities while investigating the research question 'What is design?' for PhD (completed 2002). He teaches, writes, supervises research students, and undertakes research and knowledge transfer projects across a wide range of areas within contemporary design practice.
Paul collaborates with sustainability-led design companies and manufacturers on knowledge transfer and research projects, for example Remarkable Pencils Ltd. and Greenworks. Project funders have included DTI / TSB, British Council Korea, British Council China, ERDF, HEIF II, London Remade. He has also organised and chaired design research dissemination events and 'sustainable design' and 'sustainable business' training events for the design professions.
Paul edited the 2009 and 2010 issues of KIOSK, the Faculty's annual publication of art, design and architecture.
Research interests and expertise:
Design for Sustainability
Design for Development
Sustainability and Design History
Research Ethics in Art & Design
Selected key research outputs:
Chick, A. & Micklethwaite, P. (2011) Design for Sustainable Change: How design and designers can drive the sustainability agenda. AVA Academia.
Massey, A. & Micklethwaite, P. (2009) Unsustainability: towards a new design history, with reference to British Utility. Design Philosophy Papers, Issue 2 (Design History Futures - Part 1), October.
Micklethwaite, P. & Chick, A. (2005) Remarkable Pencils Ltd: Breaking out of the green niche. Design Management Review, 16 (3) Summer.
Micklethwaite, P. (2005) Discussing art and design education: themes from interviews with UK design stakeholders. International Journal of Art & Design Education, 24 (1), Spring.
Chick, A. & Micklethwaite, P. (2004) Specifying recycled: understanding UK architects' and designers' practices and experience. Design Studies, 25 (3), pp 251-273.
Course Director - MA Sustainable Design
Design School PhD Director
May 2012: Invited speaker, The Ecology, Environment, Culture Network Symposium, Trondheim, Norway
Oct. 2010: 'Embedding Sustainability in Curricula, A Teaching and Learning Conference', Plymouth College of Art
Jan. 2008: Keynote presentation. UK-China Low Carbon Production & Green Consumption Forum, Chongqing, China.
Jan. 2008: Invited lecture, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China.
Jan. 2008: Invited lecture, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing, China.
Conference abstract reviewer:
Sep. 2011: 'Making Futures II: The Crafts as Change Maker in Sustainably Aware Cultures', Plymouth College of Art
Sep. 2011: 'Design Activism and Social Change', Design History Society annual conference, Barcelona.
Sep. 2009: 'Making Futures: The crafts in the context of emerging global sustainability agendas', Plymouth College of Art
Jul. 2008: 'Undisciplined!', Design Research Society Conference, Sheffield Hallam University.
Jul. 2008: 'Changing the Change: An international conference on the role and potential of design research in the transition towards sustainability', Turin
Green Growth Business Development Bootcamps (2011). Funder: Capital Enterprise Ltd. Role: Co-development and delivery of a series of 3 half-day events for start-ups in London's green economy.
Ecobuild (2011, 2012) Role: Project manager / coordinator of Kingston University stands.
"Increasing the sustainability of contract and office furniture manufacture and supply" (2006-08). Funder: DTI Technology Programme. Partners: British Furniture Manufacturers Ltd., Greenworks. Role: Leader of two work packages, on Product Service Systems and Green rebranding.
Green Growth seminar series (2006). Delivered as part of the KU / London Remade partnership project 'Inspired Recycling' (2004-06). Funder: ERDF. Role: Co-development and delivery of a series of 6 full-day events for start-ups in London's green economy.
"Inspired Recycling" (2004-06). A KU / London Remade knowledge exchange partnership project, funded by ERDF. Role: Project officer and enterprise case manager.
Remarkable Pencils Ltd (2003) A knowledge exchange / research project to develop 'green' rebranding strategy. Funder: Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. Partners: Dragon Brands. Role: Research assistant.
Micklethwaite, Paul (2012) Book Review of: 'Open design now: why design cannot remain exclusive' by Bas van Abel, Lucas Evers, Roel Klaassen and Peter Troxler. The Design Journal, 15(4), pp. 493-496. ISSN (print) 1460-6925
Massey, Anne and Micklethwaite, Paul (2009) Unsustainability: towards a new design history with reference to British utility. Design philosophy papers(2), ISSN (online) 1448-7136
Micklethwaite, Paul (2008) The narrator is an Englishman, recently returned from China: or, internationalism & sustainability. KIOSK(2), pp. 16-19. ISSN (print) 1755-9626
Micklethwaite, Paul (2005) Discussing art and design education: themes from interviews with UK design stakeholders. The International Journal of Art & Design Education, 24(1), pp. 84-92. ISSN (print) 1476-8062
Micklethwaite, P and Chick, A (2005) Remarkable Pencils Ltd: breaking out of the green niche. Design Management Review, 16(3), pp. 23-28. ISSN (print) 1557-0614
Chick, Anne and Micklethwaite, Paul (2004) Specifying recycled: understanding UK architects' and designers' practices and experience. Design Studies, 25(3), pp. 251-273. ISSN (print) 0142-694X
Micklethwaite, Paul (2009) Delivering on the promise: success and failure in academic knowledge transfer. In: Corrigan, Nicola , Sayce, Sarah and Taylor, Ros, (eds.) Sustainability in practice: from local to global: making a difference. Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University Press. pp. 201-207. ISBN 9781899999446
Chick, A. and Micklethwaite, P. (2004) 'Closing the loop' - the role of design in the success of six small UK recycled product manufacturers. In: Bhamra, Tracy and Hon, Bernard, (eds.) Design and manufacture for sustainable development 2004: 1st - 2nd September 2004 at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University, UK. Bury St Edmunds, UK : Professional Engineering Publishing Limited. pp. 249-262. ISBN 1860584705
Micklethwaite, Paul (2007) Delivering on the promise: a discussion of success and failure in knowledge transfer projects. In: Sustainability in practice: from local to global: making a difference; 06 - 07 Sep 2007, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Chick, A and Micklethwaite, P (2004) 'Closing the loop': the role of design in the success of six small UK recycled product manufacturers. In: 3rd International Conference on Design & Manufacture for Sustainable Development; 01 - 02 Sep 2004, Loughborough, U.K..
Micklethwaite, P and Chick, A (2004) Remarkable Pencils Ltd: developing a 'recycled' brand. In: International Conference on Innovation by Brand and Design; 11-12 Nov 2004, Seoul, South Korea. (Unpublished)
Chick, A and Micklethwaite, P (2004) www.inspirerecycle.org: inspiring design-led recycled product innovation. In: Futureground: Design Research Society International Conference; 17-21 Nov 2004, Melbourne, Australia.
Micklethwaite, Paul (2003) Design means different things to different people. In: 5th European Academy of Design Conference; 28 - 30 Apr 2003, Barcelona, Spain.
Chick, Anne and Micklethwaite, Paul (2003) "Recycled tigers' teeth?": obstacles to UK designers specifying recycled products and materials. In: 5th European Academy of Design Conference; 28-30 April 2003, Barcelona, Spain.
Chick, A and Micklethwaite, P (2002) Obstacles to UK architects and designers specifying recycled products and materials. In: Design History Society Conference; 3-5 Sep 2002, Aberystwyth, Wales. (Unpublished)