Dr Timothy Whitehead


Product Design

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


I joined the School of Engineering and Applied Science as a lecturer in Product Design during 2017, having previously been a programme leader of Digital Product Design and at De Montfort University. 

Prior to being a lecturer I was employed as an Industrial Designer working on novel glasses (spectacles) and water filtration products for the developing world.

  • 2011 – 2015 PhD: Enhancing New Product Development in Low Income Economies, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University  
  • 2006 - 2010 BA (Hons) First Class; Industrial Design and Technology, Loughborough University 


  • 2017 – Present: Lecturer in Product Design, Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.
  • 2015 – 2017: Lecturer in Digital Design, School of Art and Design, De Montfort University.
  • 2009 – 2010: Industrial Designer, Centre for Vision in the Developing World.
  • 2007 – 2008: Industrial Designer, The Technology Partnership.
  • I teach on a range on modules with a focus on; Design Practice, Visualisation and CAD.

My main research investigates tools and methods for New Product Development in Low Income Economies.

I am particularly interested in ways design can increase value and uptake of essential products, such as; solar lighting, cook stoves and water filtration. To date I have worked on various design/engineering projects which aim to develop new design tools and methods of practice for enhanced product development.

I am also interested in exploring the potential impact of a digital design process and ways in which additive manufacture can be utilised in these markets as a way to bridge the technological divide (www.bridgingthedivide.org).

AHRC Research Network: Design futures – Exploring internationally comparative product design methods to meet material needs, facilitate entrepreneurship and create employment. 
Hikima Jewu: Enhancing the Design of Lifesaving Products for the Developing World

Member of the Institute of Engineering Designers 

Whitehead, T. Evans, M. & Bingham, G. 2016. “Design Tool for Enhanced New Product Development in Low Income Economies”. Design Research Society 2016 
Conference, Brighton, 27-30th June.

Whitehead, T. 2016. “3D Printing as a Disruptive Technology for Development”. Humanitarian Technology 2016
Conference. Boston. USA. 7-9th June.

Whitehead, T. Evans, M. & Bingham, G. 2016. (poster presentation) “D-Tool: A tool to enhance the design of  essential products for developing economies”. Humanitarian Technology 2016 Conference. Boston. 7-9th June.

Whitehead, T. Evans, M. & Bingham, G. 2014, "A framework for design and assessment of products in developing  countries", Design Research Society 2014 Conference, Umea, Sweden, 16-19th June.