Dr Farnaz Nickpour


Lecturer in Design

Room: H132
Brunel University
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 267627
Email: Farnaz.Nickpour@brunel.ac.uk
Web: Personal Website


Farnaz Nickpour is a Lecturer in Design at Brunel Design. Farnaz has a strong industrial + strategic design background with a BA and MA in Industrial Design and an MA in Design Strategy and Innovation. Farnaz is a founding member of the Inclusive Design Research Group (IDRG) and a fellow at the Human Centred Design Institute.

Farnaz’s expertise lies in the areas of Inclusive Design, People-centred innovation, User research and Co-design. Farnaz has worked directly with diverse people, designers and the public in the design of products, services and tools that ‘include’ and ‘inspire’. Some recent projects include Design Council Design Bugs Out, RCUK Public Engagement with Inclusive Design and Inclusive Bus Travel for TfL.

Farnaz has presented her work internationally and has spoken in many conferences and events including a keynote speech at Include09 Conference in Royal College of Art, London. She has won a number of awards for her research in inclusive design. Social inclusion, public engagement and education of inclusive design and design for happiness are her main passions.

Professional qualifications

  • PhD Design, Brunel University, 2008 – 2012
  • MA (Distinction) Design Strategy & Innovation, Brunel University
  • MA (Distinction) Industrial Design, University of Art, Tehran
  • BA Industrial Design, University of Tehran

Research and Teaching

Research Interests

  • Inclusive Design [facilitation, public engagement & futurology]
  • Ageing & Disability in Design [implications & innovations]
  • Co-Design
  • Design for Happiness

Current Research

Inclusive Bus Travel - Making Hillingdon bus services more accessible (2011), Principal Investigator,

Investigating the barriers and the way forward to a more inclusive and accessible public bus service in Hillingdon Council. Funded by TFL and Hillingdon Council, the research outcome will be used as a bench mark case study for other local councils in London.

  • Sponsors: Transport for London (TfL) and Hillingdon Council
  • Value: 15K
  • Dates: January 2011 – July 2011

Previous Research

Public Engagement with Inclusive Design (2010), Principal Investigator

Exploring inclusivity through involving older people and teenagers in co-design activities

  • Sponsors: Research Council UK (RCUK)
  • Value: 2K
  • Dates: March 2010


Module teaching contributor

  • Design Process 1 - Level 1 Core module (module contributor)
  • Graphic Communication 2 - Level 2 (module contributor)
  • Major Project - Level 3 (supervisor)
  • MSc Dissertation - Level 5 (supervisor)

Research Supervision

MSc Design supervision

Undergraduate Design Supervision


Awards & Prizes

  • Hamilton Prize - Best Thesis in Design Research area, 2013, Brunel University
  • Reviewers’ Choice Award, April 2009, Include 2009, Royal college of Art, London (http://www.hhc.rca.ac.uk/1345/all/1/include_2009_.aspx)
  • International Travel Award, October 2010, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Second Best Abstract Award, Third Research Student Conference, ResCon10, Brunel University, UK, 21-23 June 2010
  • Best Presentation Award, Second Research Student Conference, ReSCon09, School of Engineering & Design, Brunel University, London, 22-24 June 2009



Journal Papers

(2011) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Designing anthropometrics! Requirements capture for physical ergonomic data for designers, The Design Journal 14 (1) : 92- 111

(2006) Nickpour, F., Alessi; a different company, Dastavrd Journal of Professional Industrial Design 8

Conference Papers

(2010) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Public engagement with inclusive design; a new platform for knowledge transfer, Third International Conference for Inclusive Design (UD2010)

(2010) Dong, H. and Nickpour, F., Designing Ergonomic Data Tools for designers, The 17th International Conference on Engineering Design, ePROCEEDINGS 8-53- 8-64

(2010) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Inform and inspire: representing older people data to designers, British Society of Gerontology Conference (BSG 2010)

(2010) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Unstructured user data for inclusive design, Third Research Student Conference (ResCon10)

(2009) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Anthropometrics for inclusive design, 17th World Congress on Ergonomics (IEA2009)

(2009) Dong, H., Nickpour, F. and McGinley, C., Designing ergonomics data tools for designers, 17th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED’09) Download publication

(2009) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Anthropometrics without numbers!, Research Student Conference (ReSCon09)

(2009) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Anthropometrics without numbers! An investigation of designers' use and preference of people data, Include 2009 -International Conference on Inclusive Design Download publication

(2008) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Anthropometric data for designers: issues about accessibility and usability, British HCI 08

Book Chapters

(2010) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Developing user data tools: challenges and opportunities. In: Langdon, P., Clarkson, PJ. and Robinson, P. eds. Designing Inclusive Interactions. Springer Verlag -

(2010) Nickpour, F. and Dong, H., Representing unstructured user data for inclusive design. In: Salvendy, G. and Karwowski, W. eds. Advances in Understanding Human Performance. CRC Press

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