Head of the Department of Design and Module Leader for the Professional Design Studio module within the MSc Integrated Product Design programme. Previously, Director of Postgraduate Research for Design.
Before joining Brunel Design in 2017, Programme Director for MSc Digital Design and Branding 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.
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
Project Leader for Co-Innovate: Co-Innovate Journeys and Bridging the Gap
Newest selected publications
Garaj, V., Pokinko, T., Hemphill, C. and Sesay, N. (2019) 'Inclusive Design of the Immersive Reality: Eliciting User Perspectives'.The 7th International Conference for Universal Design (UD2019). Bangkok, Thailand.Open Access Link
Thompson, J., Merrell, J., Bogin, B., Jennings, H., Heinrich, M., Garaj, V., (2018) 'Migration and Nutrition', in Walker, A. (ed.) The New Dynamics of Ageing Volume 2. Bristol Policy Press. pp. 197 - 216. ISBN 10: 1447314794. ISBN 13: 9781447314783.et al.
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. IGI Global. , 3. pp. 1110 - 1123. ISBN 10: 1522525998. ISBN 13: 9781522525998.
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.