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Dr Vanja Garaj
Reader in Design


Reader in Design, Director of Research for Brunel Design School and Module Leader for DM5544 Design Innovation Futures (MSc Integrated Product Design, MA Design Strategy and Innovation and MSc Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Design) and DM5545 Design and Branding Futures (MA Design and Branding Strategy) modules.

Previously, Head of Department of Design (2018 - 2021) and Director of Postgraduate Research for Design. Before joining Brunel Design in 2017, Programme Director for MSc Digital Design and Branding in Digital Media Subject Area, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Brunel, leading a range of modules on digital design at postgraduate and undergraduate levels—covering product, service and graphic design aspects.

Teaching promotes goal-oriented experimentation, while placing emphasis on the 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.


PhD in Systems Engineering (Human Factors), Brunel University London

PgCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Brunel University London

BSc in Product Design, University of Zagreb, Croatia


Head of Brunel Digital Design Lab

Project Leader for Co-Innovate: Brunel Co-Innovate Journeys and Bridging the Gap

Level 3 Tutor for Design and Academic Coordinator for Made in Brunel

Newest selected publications

Yin, L., Dudley, J., Garaj, V. and Kristensson, PO. (2023) 'Inclusivity Requirements for Immersive Content Consumption in Virtual and Augmented Reality'.The 11th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology 2023: Design for Sustainable Inclusion (CWUAAT 2023). Cambridge, UK. 24 - 29 March. Springer International Publishing. pp. 13 - 21.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Kwon, H., Choi, Y., Hua, M., Garaj, V., Lam, B., Wang, W. and et al. (2023) 'Understanding audiences for immersive and interactive museum and gallery experiences and cultural exchanges'.ICED23 - 24th International Conference on Engineering Design. Bordeaux, France. The Proceedings of The Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23).Open Access Link

Conference paper

Heath, C., Yin, L., Garaj, V., Choi, Y. and Bennett, J. (2023) 'The Secret Garden: Engaging Chinese Audiences in Immersive Exhibition AR/VR Visitor Journeys'. Journal of Design Research. ISSN: 1748-3050

Journal article

Al-Dmour, Y., Al-Qaralleh, H., Garaj, V. and Clements-Croome, D. (2023) 'In the Eye of the Flourish Wheel: An Assessment of Users’ Health, Well-Being and Productivity in University Research Rooms'. Intelligent Buildings International, 0 (accepted, in press). pp. 1 - 26. ISSN: 1750-8975 Open Access Link

Journal article

Bodini, A., Colecchia, F., Manohar, A., Harrison, D. and Garaj, V. (2022) 'Envisioning the Future of Virtual Production in Filmmaking: A Remote Co-Design Study'. Multimedia Tools and Applications, 0 (submitted). pp. 1 - 22. ISSN: 0942-4962 Open Access Link

Journal article
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