Senior Lecturer in Design, Director of Postgraduate Research for Brunel Design and Module Leader for the Professional Design Studio module within the MSc Integrated Product Design programme. Holding a PhD in Systems Design (Human Factors) from Brunel University London and a BSc in Product Design from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.
Previously, Programme Director for MSc Digital Design and Branding and Industrial Placements Convenor in the Digital Media Subject Area, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Brunel, leading a range of modules on the subject of digital design at postgraduate and undergraduate levels—covering product, service and graphic design aspects.
Teaching promotes goal-oriented experimentation, while placing emphasis on rigorous design process and practice-based approach in collaboration with industry. Co-ordinated a number of live student briefs, across design fields, with organisations including Cancer Research UK, NHS, Pan Macmillan, Help for Heroes, Friends of the Elderly, Corney & Barrow, Shell, Ibis and BT.
Newest selected publications
Nabot, A., Garaj, V. and Balachandran, W. (2017) 'Consumer attitudes toward online shopping: An exploratory study from Jordan', inMobile Commerce: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. , 3. pp. 1110 - 1123. ISBN 13: 9781522526001.
Al Fawwaz, BM., Garaj, V. and Balachandran, W. (2014) 'An Exploratory Study of Government Websites Usability in Jordan'. International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications, 6 (4). pp. 16 - 27. ISSN: 1941-627X
Bogin, B., Harper, D., Merrell, J., Chowdhury, J., Heinrich, M., Garaj, V., (2014) 'Influence of Adult Knee Height, Age at First Birth, Migration, and Current Age on Adult Physical Function of Bangladeshi Mothers and Daughters in the United Kingdom and Bangladesh'. Journal of Anthropology, 2014. pp. 1 - 14. ISSN: 2090-4045et al.
Nabot, A., Garaj, V. and Balachandran, W. (2014) 'Consumer attitudes toward online shopping: An exploratory study from Jordan'. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 5 (3). pp. 13 - 24. ISSN: 1947-8402
Spinelli, G., jain, S. and Garaj, V. (Accepted) 'The success story of Wiltshire Farm Foods: Website design to strengthen Business Strategy'.Universal Design Conference 2012. Fukuoka, Japan.[unpublished]