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Design

Research Areas

Contemporary Arts and Performance, Design

Professor Stuart Walker

Professor

The LICA Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YW


Tel: +44 1524 510873

Affiliations

ImaginationLancaster
HighWire Doctoral Training Centre

PhD Supervision Interests

Product Design for SustainabilityProduct Meaning, Aesthetics and DesignDesign-Centred Research (Discursive Design) for SustainabilityFunctional Objects, Localization and SustainabilityProduct Design, Ethics and the Spiritual Dimension

Current Teaching

Design, Sustainability and Contemporary Issues.

Profile

Prior to taking up current position I was Associate Dean (Research) at the postgraduate Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada; I also served as Associate Dean (Academic) and Director of the Industrial Design Program.

Research Interests

Product Design for Sustainability - explored from a variety of perspectives but emphasizing, in combination with critical reflection and writing, the creative activity of 'designing' as a legitimate research element. Explorations in theory and practice that examine the inter-related issues of social equity, ethics and the spiritual, aesthetics, localization and the environment. The relationship between localization and globalization, and design for sustainability. Design-centred Research (discursive design, design of conceptual objects, designing as research. Research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, has investigated scales of product production, design and sustainability by examining craft practices, batch practices and mass-production; responsible consumption and product design; and evolving technologies, product design and sustainability. Numerous papers have been published in journals including Design Issues, The Journal of Sustainable Product Design, The International Journal of Sustainable Design, Innovation and The Design Journal. Exploratory design work has been exhibited at the Design Museum, London; The Triangle Gallery, Calgary and The Works, Edmonto; and Roma Design +, Rome. Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice is published by Earthscan, London.

Selected Publications

Design and spirituality: creating material culture for a wisdom economy

Walker, S. 2013 In: Design Issues. 29, 3, p. 89-107 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Design on a Darkling Plain: transcending utility through questions in form

Walker, S. 2/12/2012 In: The Design Journal. 15, 3, p. 347-372 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The object of nightingales: design values for a meaningful material culture

Walker, S. 31/07/2012 In: Design and Culture. 4, 2, p. 149-170 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The spirit of design: objects, environment and meaning

Walker, S. 07/2011 1st ed. London: Earthscan publications. 272 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Form Beyond Function: practice-based research in objects, environment and meaning

Walker, S. 2011 In: International Journal of Sustainable Design. 1, 4, p. 335-347 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Temporal objects: design, change and sustainability

Walker, S. 17/03/2010 In: Sustainability. 2, 3, p. 812-832 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice.

Walker, S. 2006 Earthscan / James and James Science Publishers, London. 244 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2014

Patterns of persuasion for sustainability

Knowles, B., Blair, L., Walker, S., Coulton, P., Thomas, L. & Mullagh, L. 21/06/2014 DIS '14 Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems. New York: ACM, p. 1035-1044 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

Designing sustainability: making radical changes in a material world

Walker, S. 15/05/2014 London: Routledge. 200 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2013

Contemplative objects: artefacts for challenging convention and stimulating change

Walker, S. 2013 Motivating change: sustainable design and behaviour in the built environment. Crocker, R. & Lehmann, S. (eds.). London: Earthscan, p. 198-214 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Exploring sustainability research in computing: where we are and where we go next

Knowles, B., Blair, L., Hazas, M. & Walker, S. 2013 Proceedings of the 2013 ACM international joint conference on Pervasive and ubiquitous computing (UbiComp 2013). New York: ACM, p. 305-314 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

The handbook of design for sustainability

Walker, S. & Giard, J. 1/07/2013 London: Bloomsbury. 576 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Design for Cyber-Sustainability: Toward a Sustainable Digital Future

Knowles, B., Walker, S. & Blair, L. 2013 The Handbook of Design for Sustainability. Walker, S. & Giard, J. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury, p. 488-512

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Reframing progress in the digital age: moving forward sustainably

Richards, B., Walker, S. & Blair, L. 2013 In: The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context. 8, 4, p. 53-61 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Design and spirituality: creating material culture for a wisdom economy

Walker, S. 2013 In: Design Issues. 29, 3, p. 89-107 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

The Narrow Door to Sustainability: from practically useful to spiritually useful artefacts

Walker, S. 2012 In: International Journal of Sustainable Design. 2, 1, p. 83-103 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Design on a Darkling Plain: transcending utility through questions in form

Walker, S. 2/12/2012 In: The Design Journal. 15, 3, p. 347-372 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The object of nightingales: design values for a meaningful material culture

Walker, S. 31/07/2012 In: Design and Culture. 4, 2, p. 149-170 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Cyber-Sustainability: Leaving a Lasting Legacy of Human Wellbeing

Richards, B., Walker, S. & Blair, L. 2011 Proceedings of HCI 2011 The 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction. Swindon: British Computer Society, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

Form Beyond Function: practice-based research in objects, environment and meaning

Walker, S. 2011 In: International Journal of Sustainable Design. 1, 4, p. 335-347 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The spirit of design: objects, environment and meaning

Walker, S. 07/2011 1st ed. London: Earthscan publications. 272 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2010

The chimera reified: design, meaning and the post-consumerism object

Walker, S. 03/2010 In: The Design Journal. 13, 1, p. 3-30 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sambo’s stones: sustainability and meaningful objects

Walker, S. 03/2010 In: Design and Culture. 2, 1, p. 45-62 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Temporal objects: design, change and sustainability

Walker, S. 17/03/2010 In: Sustainability. 2, 3, p. 812-832 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Beyond abundance: self-interest motives for sustainable consumption in relation to product perception and preferences

Marchand, A., Walker, S. & Cooper, T. 25/05/2010 In: Sustainability. 2, 5, p. 1431-1447 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Wrapped attention: designing products for evolving permanence and enduring meaning

Walker, S. 2010 In: Design Issues. 26, 4, p. 94-108 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sermons in stones: argument and artefact for sustainability

Walker, S. 2010 In: Les Ateliers de l’ethique. 5, 2, p. 101-116 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

After taste: the power and prejudice of product appearance

Walker, S. 03/2009 In: The Design Journal. 12, 1, p. 25–40 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The spirit of design: notes from the shakuhachi flute

Walker, S. 2009 In: International Journal of Sustainable Design. 1, 2, p. 130-144 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Evolving permanence: product design and sustainability

Walker, S. 2009 Source 03: timeless necessity. Rotterdam: Episode Publishers , p. 13-20 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Progetti: Design Effimero e Sostenibilita

Walker, S. 2009 ETICA E DESIGN: riflessioni. Imbesi, L. (ed.). Italy: R designpress, p. 51-58 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Integration of scales: mass-produced plus locally produced parts

Walker, S. 2009 Design studies: a reader. Clark, H. & Brody, D. (eds.). Oxford: Berg, p. 354-356 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2008

Workshop theme: envisioning a culture of sustainablity

Walker, S. & Wylant, B. 2008 Enabling solutions for sustainable living: a workshop. Manzini, E., Walker, S. & Wylant, B. (eds.). Calgary: University of Calgary Press, p. 37-42 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Sustainable design

Walker, S. 2008 Enabling solutions for sustainable living: a workshop. Manzini, E., Walker, S. & Wylant, B. (eds.). Calgary: University of Calgary Press, p. 25-30 6 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Product development and responsible consumption: designing alternatives for sustainable lifestyles

Marchand, A. & Walker, S. 07/2008 In: Journal of Cleaner Production. 16, 11, p. 1163-1169 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Localization and the design and production of sustainable products

Dogan, C. & Walker, S. 2008 In: International Journal of Product Development. 6, 3-4, p. 276-290 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Designers anonymous

Badke, C. & Walker, S. 2008 In: Innovation. p. 40-43 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Following Will-O’-The-Wisps and chasing ghosts: design-centred research, sustainability and the bottom line

Walker, S. 06/2008 In: The Design Journal. 11, 1, p. 51-64 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Enabling solutions for sustainable living: a workshop

Manzini, E. (ed.), Walker, S. (ed.) & Wylant, B. (ed.) 2008 Calgary: University of Calgary Press. 120 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2007

Cack-handed design: design-centred approaches to process and product for sustainability

Walker, S. 11/2007 In: The Design Journal. 10, 3, p. 28-40 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Design Redux.

Walker, S. 2007 Designers, Visionaries and Other Stories. Earthscan / James and James Science Publishers, London, 224 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2006

Object lessons: enduring artifacts and sustainable design

Walker, S. 2006 In: Design Issues. 22, 1, p. 20-31 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Aesthetic attitudes and responsible, sustainable consumption

Marchand, A., Walker, S. & De Coninck, P. 2006 Management of natural resources: sustainable development and ecological hazards. Brebbia, C. A., Conti, M. E. & Tiezzi, E. (eds.). Southampton: WIT Press, p. 371-380 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Extant objects: designing things as they are

Walker, S. 2006 Management of natural resources: sustainable development and ecological hazards. Brebbia, C. A., Conti, M. E. & Tiezzi, E. (eds.). Southampton: WIT Press, p. 361-370 10 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice.

Walker, S. 2006 Earthscan / James and James Science Publishers, London. 244 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2005

La consommation responsable: perspectives nouvelles dans les domaines de la conception de produits

Marchand, A., De Coninck, P. & Walker, S. 2005 In: Nouvelles Pratiques Sociales. 18, 1, p. 39-56 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

After the Endgame: creating objects in a saturated culture

Walker, S. 03/2005 In: The Design Journal. 8, 1, p. 3-13 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Desmascarando o objeto: reestruturando o design para sustentabilidade

Walker, S. 2005 In: Revista Design em Foco. 2, 2, p. 47-62 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Crushed before the moth: secular time, sacred time and design

Walker, S. 2004 Time in design: eternally yours. van Hinte, E. (ed.). Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, p. 302-332 31 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2003

Visual myths

Walker, S. 11/2003 In: The Design Journal. 6, 3, p. 46-55 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The best of both: a study of the feasibility of integrating scale of design and production for sustainable products

Dogan, C. & Walker, S. 12/2003 In: The Journal of Sustainable Product Design. 3, 3-4, p. 135-147 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Light touch

Walker, S. 12/2003 In: The Journal of Sustainable Product Design. 3, 3-4, p. 187-198 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Making design work: sustainability, product design and social equity

Walker, S. & Dorsa, E. 03/2002 In: The Journal of Sustainable Product Design. 1, 1, p. 41-48 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The cage of aesthetic convention

Walker, S. 07/2002 In: The Design Journal. 5, 2, p. 3-7 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Objects as symbols of beauty

Walker, S. 2002 In: Innovation. 4, p. 42-45 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A journey in design: an exploration of perspectives for sustainability

Walker, S. 03/2002 In: The Journal of Sustainable Product Design. 2, 1-2, p. 3-10 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

Beyond aesthetics: identity, religion and design

Walker, S. 07/2001 In: The Design Journal. 4, 2, p. 30-41 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

How the other half lives: product design, sustainability and the human spirit

Walker, S. 2000 In: Design Issues. 16, 1, p. 52-58 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The attraction of opposites: reconciling fashion with sustainable product design

Walker, S. 2000 In: Innovation. 2

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1999

The manifestation of meaning: a discussion of the environmental, social and spiritual aspects of product design

Walker, S. 07/1999 In: The Design Journal. 2, 2, p. 2-9 8 p.

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1998

Systemic shift: sustainable development and ID pedagogy

Walker, S. & Nielsen, R. 01/1998 In: The Journal of Sustainable Product Design. 4, p. 7-17 11 p.

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Experiments in sustainable product design

Walker, S. 10/1998 In: The Journal of Sustainable Product Design. 7, p. 42-53 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1997

Child's play: product design and sustainability

Walker, S. 1997 In: Innovation.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Conscientious objects: product aesthetics in the context of sustainability

Walker, S. 1997 Visions on product endurance: eternally yours. van Hinte, E. (ed.). Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, p. 164-180 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

1996

The meeting place: qualitative aspects of product environmental assessment

Walker, S. 01/1996 In: International Journal of Technology and Design Education. 6, 2, p. 151-171 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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