Dr Becky Mallaband


Phone number:  0121 204 3574
Email: b.mallaband@aston.ac.uk
Room: MB176

Mallaband Becky


I am a lecturer in Product Design, specialising in User Centred Design and have been based at Aston University, in the Mechanical Engineering and Design department since December 2015, having previously been a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Loughborough Design School. 

  • 2009 - 13 PhD: Integrating User Centred Design into the development of energy saving technologies, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University.
  • 2003 – 07 BSc (Hons) Ergonomics. Loughborough University,  Department of Human Sciences.
  • 2005 – 06 Diploma in Professional Studies: Loughborough University (Xerox)
  • Dec 2015 – current: Lecturer in Product Design, Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.
  • Nov 2014 – Nov 2015: Lecturer in Product/Industrial Design, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University,
  • Dec 2012 – Nov 2015: Research Associate, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University.
  • Mar 2011 – Dec 2012 Research Assistant, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University.
  • Feb 2009 – Dec 2009 Research Assistant, Loughborough University, Ergonomics & Safety Research Institute (ESRI).
  • Aug 2005 – Aug 2006 Human Factors and User Interface specialist, Xerox. 

I am the Programme Director for MSc Product Design and the final year academic tutor for the Product Design Undergraduate programme.

I lead and teach on a range of modules including:

  • PD3001: Specialist Design Project
  • PD3002: Industrial Design (Global focus)
  • ME2501: Design for use
  • ME3047: Product Design Final Year Project
  • PD4001: Research Project
  • PD4000: Major Project
  • PD4012: Design for People

My area of expertise is User Centred Design, and the majority of my research thus far has been conducted within the energy domain.

My research interest is twofold, firstly, investigating the energy research challenge from a functionality matching approach. Understanding that whilst there is a need for behaviour change (as is crucial in the field of sustainable design), we also need new technology to match and benefit the current habits  and behaviours of users. This is important when striving to meet national and global energy reduction targets, and advancing innovative technologies for Smart Cities development. This requires an in-depth understanding of how to research people, but also to work across disciplines, often translating information between engineers, users and stakeholders.

The second area of research development is within this discipline gap, where there is a unique opportunity to develop best practice and tools for cross-disciplinary work within this sociotechnical area, particularly within the energy demand domain.

My background enables me to represent the needs of people in all types of research. This might mean translating technical information so that it is easier for users to understand or gathering and analysing information from users which can then be used within the design of products or systems.

User centred design (UCD); domestic energy; people; human factors; carbon reduction


2013 AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Call: Design and the Digital World: Peer to peer training


2017 EPSRC RCUK Catapult Researchers in Residence award (Energy Systems) - Consumer Challenges of Decarbonising Heat

Journal papers

2015 Talbot, R., Rackliff, L., Nicolle, C.A., Maguire, M., & Mallaband, B. (2015). The journey to difficulties, solutions and the impact of ageing. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation,. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15568318.2015.1014529

2014 Simpson, S., Banfill, P., Haines, H., Mallaband, B., & Mitchell, V. (2014). Energy-led domestic retrofit: impact of the intervention sequence. Building Research & Information, pp.1-19. DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2014.996360. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09613218.2014.996360#.Vm6l-JD8i1w

2013 Coughlan, T., Leder-Mackley, K., Brown, M., Martindale, S., Schlögl, S., Mallaband, B., Arnott, J. et al. (2013). Current Issues and Future Directions in Methods for Studying Technology in the Home. PsychNology Journal,11(2), pp.159-184. http://www.psychnology.org/File/PNJ11(2)/PSYCHNOLOGY_JOURNAL_11_2_COUGHLAN.pdf

2012 Banfill, P., Simpson, S., Haines, V. J. A., & Mallaband, B. (2012). Energy-led retrofitting of solid wall dwellings: technical and user perspectives on airtightness, Structural Survey, 30(3), pp.267–279. DOI: 10.1108/02630801211241829. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/02630801211241829

2012 Haines, V.J., Mitchell, V.A., & Mallaband, B. (2012) Merging a practice-orientated approach with an engineering-driven product development: a case study on home improvement. Journal of Design Research, 10(1/2), p.28. DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2012.046138. http://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/JDR.2012.046138?journalCode=jdr

Book Chapter

2013 Mallaband, B., Haines, V.J., & Mitchell, V.A. (2013). Barriers to domestic retrofit: Learning from past home improvement experience. In Swan, W., & Brown, P. (eds) (2013) Retrofitting the built environment. John Wiley & Sons: Oxford, UK. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118273463

Conference papers

2014 Mallaband, B. & Haines, V.J. (2014) Blurred Lines: How Does Cross-Disciplinary Research Work In Practice. In proceedings of ACM UbiComp 2014 Workshop: HomeSys, Seattle, USA, 13 September, 2014. DOI: 10.1145/2638728.2641550. http://ubicomp.org/ubicomp2014/proceedings/ubicomp_adjunct/workshops/HomeSys/p963-mallaband.pdf

2014 Mallaband, B., Haines, V.J., Morton, M., Foda, E., Beizaee, A., Beckhelling, J., Allinson, D., Loveday, D. & Lomas, K. (2014) Saving energy in the home through digital feedback and control systems: an introduction to the DEFACTO project. In proceedings of Behave 2014, 3 – 4 September 2014. http://behaveconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/F_Becky_Mallaband_Loughborough_University.pdf

2013 Mallaband, B., Haines, V.J. & Mitchell, V.A. (2013). Exploring Past Home Improvement Experiences to Develop Future Energy Saving Technologies. In proceedings of ACM CHI 2013 Workshop: Methods for Studying Technology in the Home, Paris, France, 27 April – 2 May, 2013.

2012 Mallaband, B., Haines, V.J. & Mitchell, V.A. (2012) Barriers to domestic retrofit – learning from past home improvement experiences. In proceedings of Retrofit 2012. Salford, UK, January 24 – 26, 2012.