Industrial Design Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Research

We are always looking for new talent.  If you are interested in pursuing PhD research in the Division of Industrial Design, School of Engineering, at the University of Liverpool, please check out our guide on how to apply for funded, self-funded and externally-funded opportunities.

Current Openings (funded):

Current PhD Students

Hannah L Forbes

Social Product Development - A Framework for Innovation and Design Engineering in the Socio-sphere

My primary research goal is to devise a systematic framework for Social Product Development (SPD) that effectively and reliably incorporates new paradigms such as Crowdsourcing, Crowdfunding and Mass Collaboration into the industrial New Product Development and Innovation process.    

 Lead Supervisor: Prof D Schaefer

Guzin Sen

Empowering Front-Seat Passenger: Design and Prototyping of Luxury Infotainment Interactions through Simulation

My research aims to investigate the link between luxury user experience and new front-seat passenger infotainment interactions through interaction prototyping with virtual reality simulation. This PhD project is conducted in collaboration with Virtual Engineering Centre

Supervisors: Dr Mike Jump, Dr. Bahar Sener-Pedgley

 Yardim-Sener

Sevcan Yardim-Sener

Design for integrated and luxury automotive HMI via advanced digital simulation tools

My primary research goal is to improve car HMI to deliver a “luxury driving experience” by taking an integrated approach that coordinates and combines previously distributed HMI components in a more fluid and flexible way.

Lead Supervisor: Dr Mark White

 Fangzhou Dong

Fangzhou Dong (at XJTLU)

Suzhou's Tiger Hill Wedding Street: Modernity, Material Culture, and Bridal Fashion

This research project explores Chinese marriage customs in the history and at present through investigation of wedding-related material culture.  Tiger Hill Wedding Dress Street in Suzhou is one of the developed wedding markets in China, attracting national customers to prepare for their wedding.  Through exploration of material culture, bridal fashion and technologies in the context of modern society, the future of Chinese wedding ritual will be created and discussed.

Lead Supervisor: Dr Sara Sterling (XJTLU), Co-Supervisors: Dr Derrick Tate (XJTLU), Prof. Dirk Schaefer

 Tianjo Ma

Tianjo Ma

Stimulating Informed New Vehicle Decisions: A Study to Set Conditions for Adoption of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles in the UK

Delivering new emission data (WLTP) to extend influence and accelerate understanding of the UK government, consumers, automotive markets, across automotive sectors.

Lead Supervisor: Dr Richard Barrett

Jifu Zuo

Jifu Zuo

Investigation of Passenger Developments in Response to the Initiation of Clean Air Zones (Ultra Low Emission Zones) and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles: Low Emission Infrastructure and Vehicle Decisions.

This study will explore the currently available data to build a coherent framework for analysing how different groups (planners, developer and users) are able to use the same terms of reference or measurements in order to create intelligent, integrated transport systems that work across multiple forms of transport to improve air quality and make the UK the forefront of developing new Intelligent Mobility products and services. In addition it will be investigated how the improved urban mobility can influence customers’ experience.

Lead Supervisor: Dr Richard Barrett

Past PhD Students