Dr Angus Donald Campbell

NDip 3DDes, BTech ID, MTech ID Wits. Tech., DLitt et Phil DVS Uni. Jhb.


Angus Donald Campbell is the Leader of Design Programmes and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, at the University of Auckland. He holds a Doctorate of Literature and Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Johannesburg and a Masters of Technology in Industrial Design from the Technikon Witwatersrand, South Africa. Originally from South Africa, he worked for 18 years at the University of Johannesburg, culminating in his role as Head of the Department of Industrial Design. His university lecturing, practice-based research and freelance design experience is passionately focused on local and sustainable innovation at the complex nexus of social, technological and ecological systems. For more information please visit: www.angusdonaldcampbell.com

Research | Current

Main research interests:

  • Practice-based design research with specific focus on sustainable innovation to regenerate complex social, technical and ecological systems.
  • Pluriversal design with interest in Development, the Global South, inequality, indigenous knowledge and decolonisation.
  • Local futures, including appropriate technology, circular economies, and food systems.
  • Socio-technical innovation for industrial design.

Current research projects:

Recently completed research:

Teaching | Current

  • DES794A&B: Thesis
  • DES795A&B: Research Portfolio

Postgraduate supervision


  • Gunn, M. 2021 - current. Common / room: A creative investigation into the potential of a dedicated space, real or virtual, to support social engagement through whakawhanaungatanga | Main supervisor for PhD with Creative Practice, Design, CAI, University of Auckland.
  • Kirby, P. 2021 - current. Virtual Twin Technology: Design for Public Engagement and Urban Placemaking in Aotearoa, New Zealand | Main supervisor for MDes Research Thesis, CAI, University of Auckland.
  • Adelabu, O.S. 2019 - current. Assessing Curricular Framework for Design Education in the 4IR Era: A Case of the BRICS Countries | Co-supervisor for GES 4.0 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Industrial Design, UJ.
  • White, D. 2020 - current. StretChair: The Commercialisation of a Medical Device from a South African University to Industry | Co-supervisor for MA Industrial Design, UJ.
  • Kara, W.K. 2020 - current. Kanala Stories: A discursive exploration of Coloured identity through furniture | Co-supervisor for MA Industrial Design, UJ.
  • Donatus, E. 2019 - current. The Design of a Ceramic Evaporative Cooling Device for the Storage of Small-scale Urban Farmers’ Produce in Johannesburg | Co-supervisor for MA Design (Industrial Design), UJ.
  • Mokgatla, O. 2018 - current. Human-Centred Design of an Appropriate Irrigation System for Small-scale Farmers in Johannesburg. Co-supervisor for MA Design (Industrial Design), UJ. Registered UJ Community Engagement project.


Angus is looking for new Masters and PhD researchers wanting to pursue practice-based design research within the various areas of his research interest.


Grants & Funding

  • Global Challenges Research Fund | Partners: Falmouth University and the UJ Design Society Development DESIS Lab | Project: Unequal stories | 2019 - onwards
  • The Leverhulme Trust | Partners: Global Development Institute, University of Manchester and the UJ Design Society Development DESIS Lab | Project: Achieving inclusive cities through scaling up participatory planning in Africa | 2017 - 2020
  • Erasmus+ | Partners: School of Architecture, University of Sheffield; Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)(India); Nanjing University, School of Architecture and Urban Planning; and the University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Design Society Development DESIS Lab | Project: Researching Alternative Urban Methods | 2016 - 2018
  • National Research Foundation of South Africa | Thuthuka Grant No. 88030 held by Angus D. Campbell | Project: Designing Development: An Exploration of Technology Innovation by Small-scale Urban Farmers in Johannesburg | 2014 - 2016

Juror/Expert Reviewer

Editorial Boards & Peer Review

  • Special Issue of the Strategic Design Research Journal (SDRJ): Design Contributions for the COVID-19 Global Emergency | 2020 | Peer Reviewer
  • 9th International Conference on Appropriate Technology, Pretoria | 2020 | Programme Committee Member & Reviewer
  • Design& book series, Milan: Maggiolli | 2019 | Editorial Board Member: Reviewer 1 book proposal
  • Design and Culture: The Journal of the Design Studies Forum, Taylor & Francis | 2019 | Invited Peer Reviewer
  • Design Culture(s): Roma 2020: Cumulus Conference, Rome | 2019 | Peer Reviewer
  • Designed Futures: Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) 8th International Conference, Cape Town | 2019 | Peer Reviewer
  • To Get There: Designing Together, Cumulus Conference, Paris | 2018 | Peer Reviewer
  • Special Issue of the Strategic Design Research Journal (SDRJ): Autonomía, Design strategies for enabling design process | 2018 | Peer Reviewer
  • Co-Design Journal, Taylor & Francis |2018 | Invited Peer Reviewer
  • Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) Conference 2017: #Decolonise! | 2017 | Peer Reviewer
  • Cumulus REDO Conference, Kolding | 2017 | Peer Reviewer
  • Design for Next: 12th European Academy of Design (EAD) Conference, Rome | 2017 | Peer Reviewer
  • LeNSes Sustainable Energy for All by Design Conference, Milan | 2016 | Peer Reviewer
  • Virtuous Circle: Cumulus Conference, Milan | 2015 | Peer Reviewer
  • 25th International Union of Architects (UIA) World Congress: Architecture Otherwhere, Durban | 2014 | Peer Reviewer
  • Design with the Other 90%: Cumulus Conference, Johannesburg | 2014 | Peer Reviewer
  • National Research Fund Thuthuka Programme | 2012 | Rated Researcher Application Reviewer
  • 20/20 Design Vision: Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) Conference, Johannesburg | 2011 | Peer Reviewer


  • Leader, Design Programmes, CAI, 2021- onwards.

Areas of expertise

  • Design Research
  • Development Studies
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Social Innovation
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Industrial Design

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 513
New Zealand

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