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Dr Vanja Garaj
Reader in Design


Director of Research for Brunel Design School, Tutor for the Professional Design Studio module (DM5534), MSc Integrated Product Design and Module Leader for the Systems Design module (DM2318), BA Industrial Design and Technology.

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

Kwon, H., Choi, Y., Min, H., Garaj, V., Lam, B., Wang, W. and et al. (2022) 'Designing the Future of UK-China RD&I Collaboration in the Museums and Galleries Sector'.2022 International Conference on Global Cultural and Creative Industries: Art, Technology and Cultural Values. Shanghai, China. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Bodini, A., Colecchia, F., Manohar, A., Harrison, D. and Garaj, V. (2022) 'Using Immersive Technologies to Facilitate Location Scouting in Audiovisual Media Production: A User Requirements Study and Proposed Framework'. Multimedia Tools and Applications, 0 (in press). pp. 1 - 22. ISSN: 0942-4962 Open Access Link

Journal article

AL Jahwari, L., Garaj, V. and Harrison, D. (2022) 'Embedding Immersive Technologies into Product Design Education: Students' Awareness of Virtual Reality as a Tool to Support the Development of Design Solutions'.24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Disrupt, Innovate, Regenerate & Transform. London, UK. 8 - 9 September. The Design Society. pp. 1 - 6.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Aroganam, G., Manivannan, N., Harrison, D. and Garaj, V. (2021) 'Building Subjective Opinions on Amateur Football Player 1 Step Kicks by Analysing Ankle Biomechanics'. Annals of Sports Medicine and Research, 8 (1). pp. 1 - 14.Open Access Link

Journal article

Al-Dmour, Y., Garaj, V. and Clements-Croome, D. (2020) 'The Flourishing of Biophilic Workplaces: ‘Second Home’ Offices as a Case Study'. Intelligent Buildings International, 13 (4). pp. 261 - 274. ISSN: 1750-8975

Journal article
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