Lim, Chris


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Dr Christopher Lim holds a Senior Lectureship (Assistant Professor) at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee. He was the Programme Director for Product Design (undergraduate) from 2016 – 2020. The programme was ranked #1 in UK by Guardian University Guide in 2018. He is the Director for the Design for Healthcare Programme, a partnership between School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences and DJCAD.

Chris has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Singapore and holds a BEng (1st Class Hons) in Product Design Engineering and PhD in Design from the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA), a member of the Design Research Society and ACM (Association for Computer Machinery).

Prior to his appointment in Dundee, Chris worked as a Research Lead at design consultancy Nomad-RDC and as a Research Fellow at the Digital World Research Centre (DWRC), University of Surrey. At Nomad-RDC, he was involved in design research, conducting fieldwork and facilitating co-design workshops. He worked closely with the design team, translating insights into design responses. As a research fellow, he was part of a cross-disciplinary project funded by the ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing programme looking at the engagement of older people in the co-design process of developing new and innovative ICT products. In addition, he was involved in the development of Com.Cam, an open source media sharing device funded by EPSRC University of Surrey Knowledge Transfer Account for communities with low textual and computing literacy and limited power and network coverage. Chris also co-secured £73K from the Nominet Trust to fund the Tailoring Technology project which brought together groups of older people with design experts, experienced product developers and manufacturers to co-design new internet-enabled ICT devices and services.

Chris was a Co-Investigator in a EPSRC funded BESiDE (Built Environment for Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy) project led by Professor Vicki Hanson. The project aims was to improve the mobility and well-being of older people through better built environment design. Chris was also Co-Investigator in the ABCD (ADHD Behavioural Clinical Data) project working with Professor David Coghill on designing clinical data visualisation that involved both patient and clinician in the consultation process. Chris was also Principal Investigator of a project funded by Scottish Funding Council (SFC) exploring the design and 3D printed adaptive equipment.

Chris’s research is in co-design and creative practices with a focus in the areas of aging, disability and  healthcare. He explores the design of products that support wellbeing and has continued interests in the relationship between product interaction, cognition and prior generational technological experience.

Chris is a UK Council for Graduate Education (UKCGE) Recognised Research Supervisor. He has led several PhD candidates to completion and has been a PhD examiner in the following UK and Australian institutions: University of Loughborough, Northumbria University, Ulster University, University of Sheffield and Queensland University of Technology. He is an advisor and  editorial board member for the Design for Health Journal and a PhD Study Editor for the Design Journal.

He welcomes prospective PhD candidates and research collaborations, so do get in touch to explore ideas and interests.


Research Interests

Ageing and well-being, Design methodologies, processes and methods, cognitive capabilitities for Incluisve Design



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Taking account of Age and Generation Effects: Implications for Inclusive Design, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002


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