Gault, Paul


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Paul is a Lecturer (Teaching & Research) with Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee. He has a PhD in Design Ethnography and a BSc (Hons) in Interactive Media Design, both from University of Dundee. He is a V&A Dundee Design Champion and a member of Studio Esk.
Prior to his current position, Paul spent almost four years working at Young Scot, the national youth information and citizenship charity for 11-26 year olds in Scotland. His work as a co-design manager involved empowering young people, particularly those whose voices who are seldom heard, to affect meaningful change to the policies, systems and services they use the most.
Whilst undertaking a post-doc as a research fellow at the dot.rural Digital Economy research hub at University of Aberdeen, Paul explored design-based approaches for using digital technology to support people living in rural communities. Some of this research included collaborating with industry transport operator First Group to understand how social media data can be integrated with real-time passenger information.
During his PhD, Paul was co-located with industry-sponsor NCR within the consumer experience design team at their R&D centre in Dundee. His thesis developed a design research method for gathering consumer-focussed insights on how people use of technologies situated in public spaces.



Paul currently leads the Digital Interaction Design level 2 module Designing Social Networks. He has previously taught modules titled Prototyping Digital Futures and Design Research Methods.


Paul has recently built upon his practice of co-design with young people in the third sector by exploring other design research for change methods. He is also continuing his engagement with the youth arts sector by helping to develop models and define pathways for progression in creative industries. Furthermore, he wishes to develop more international culture exchange activity and participatory dialogue through the use of digital platforms. 
Paul is adept at interdisciplinary working and has previously collaborated with a wide range of different researchers and practitioners including product designers, service designers, data scientists, software developers, anthropologists, journalists, psychologists, geographers, artists, musicians and photographers.


Research interests

co-design, design ethnography, design research methods, user research, creative learning methods, disability and design, human-computer interaction, digital youth work, international culture exchange, mobile technologies for older people, education policy, systems thinking, mobility as a service, social media data, internet of things, public spaces, urban interventions

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 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, DiCER: A Design Research Method Arising From a Large Organisation

Award Date: 20 Jun 2014

Bachelor of Science, Interactive Media Design


Award Date: 15 Jun 2006


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