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Professor David Harrison
Professor - Design Research


David Harrison  is a  Professor of Design Research and lectures in Sustainable Design and Environmentally Sensitive Design. His  specialisms  include exploring technological solutions to environmental problems. He has a BSc in Engineering Science and a PhD in Robotics. 


  • BBC  1980-82 Engineer
  • BBC Education 1984-89 Researcher and Director
  • University of Portsmouth 1990-94 Senior Lecturer
  • Brunel University London 1994-2002 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader
  • Brunel University London 2002- Chair in Design
  • Brunel University London 2005-06, 2008-2010 Subject Leader, Design


BSc Engineering Science, Exeter University

PhD Robotics Portsmouth Polytechnic


Brunel Roles

  • Director of Research, Brunel Design Department

Selected Professional Activities

  • EPSRC Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre, Management Executive  (“05-"15)
  • External Examiner, Sussex University, Product Design BSc, 2014-2018.
  • Steering Panel EPSRC Electrotextiles network 2018 - 
  • Refereeing for EPSRC College, and a range of journals


Newest selected publications

Areir, M., Xu, Y., Harrison, D. and Fyson, J. (2017) '3D printing of highly flexible supercapacitor designed for wearable energy storage'. Materials Science and Engineering: B, 226. pp. 29 - 38. ISSN: 0921-5107 Open Access Link

Journal article

Atherton, M., Jiang, P., Harrison, D. and Malizia, A. (2017) 'Design for invention: annotation of Functional Geometry Interaction for representing novel working principles'. Research in Engineering Design, 29 (2). pp. 245 - 262. ISSN: 0934-9839 Open Access Link

Journal article

Areir, M., Xu, Y., Harrison, D. and Fyson, J. (2017) 'A study of 3D printed flexible supercapacitors onto silicone rubber substrates'. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 28 (23). pp. 18254 - 18261. ISSN: 0957-4522 Open Access Link

Journal article

Kwok, SY., Harrison, D. and Malizia, A. (2017) 'Designing individualisation of eco information: A conceptual framework and design toolkit'. International Journal of Sustainable Engineering, 10 (6). pp. 302 - 312. ISSN: 1939-7038 Open Access Link

Journal article

Petrulaityte, A., Ceschin, F., Pei, E. and Harrison, D. (2017) 'Supporting Sustainable Product-Service System Implementation through Distributed Manufacturing'.The 9th CIRP Industrial Product-Service System Conference: Circular Perspectives on Product/Service-Systems. Denmark. 3 - 21 June. Elsevier BV. pp. 375 - 380. ISSN: 2212-8271 Open Access Link

Conference paper
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