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Department of Engineering

Dr Nathan Crilly


Nathan Crilly

University Senior Lecturer

Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design

Research group: Engineering Design

Telephone: +44 1223 7 48244


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Research interests

Nathan’s research interests are in the areas of design, technology and communication. He employs an interdisciplinary approach to studying how artefacts (e.g. products, systems or services) are developed, the properties they exhibit and the ways in which people respond to them.

Strategic themes

Manufacturing, design and materials

Nathan’s research involves work on creativity in design, how designers identify and explore problem- and solution-spaces, and how prior ideas inhibit innovation.

Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

Nathan’s research involves work on the concept of resilience, what it means and how it can be communicated about with different system stakeholders.

Teaching activity

Nathan teaches the first year product design course, demonstrating how design processes and principles are applicable across different engineering domains.

Other positions

  • Member of the Design Research Society
  • Member of The Design Society
  • International Editorial Board of Design Studies