Professor David Hawkins is Dean of the School of Creative Arts and Engineering at Staffordshire University.
Previously he was Head of the School of Design and Art at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Before that he led Falmouth University’s Graduate School. His research and practice has encompassed product and vehicle design (including bus, train, fire-engine and military vehicle design), ergonomics and user-centred design, user aspects of smart energy grids, electronic products, computer games, creative entrepreneurship and craft metalwork.
He has managed five curated art galleries, been a Trustee and Director of several creative organisations in the UK, including the Folkestone Creative Foundation and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, run his own design and manufacturing business, and lectured at universities internationally, including in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. He graduated from Loughborough University in Ergonomics, and holds a PhD in Design from Plymouth University.