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Dr Luke Harmer

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Lecturer

PhD RCA. MA Automotive Design Research.

BSc (Hons) Industrial Design. PGCHE.

Luke is an experienced designer, researcher and tutor.

Luke's Product Design teaching is informed by his design and research practice. He has taught and lead modules across a suite of courses and levels at BA, BSc and Postgraduate MA, MSc and PhD supervision.

His design work has a transport focus and included the design and management of a range of projects including vehicle, industrial, medical, electronic and packaging.

Prior to Luke's PhD within the Vehicle Design department at the Royal College of Art, he studied Industrial Design at Brunel University then gained an MA in Automotive Design Research with distinction from Coventry.

  • DSC026 Final Year Design Practice
  • DSB009 Industrial Design Studies 2
  • DSC009 Industrial Design Studies 3
  • DSA002 Design Practice 2

Research group: User Centred Design

User centred design underpins Luke's research which began with a Design Research PhD by project that investigated that in spite of demonstrable improvements in bus services, travel by bus remained unpopular for certain socio-economic groups. The project explored the role design and research has in closing the credibility gap and informing a better understanding of the perception of the bus.

Recent research work includes £137,000 action based industry project for Defra to design and trial solutions to increase product longevity.

Current research includes an Innovate UK project investigating new typologies for Rapid Response Vehicles.

  • Fisher, T., Cooper, T., Harmer, L., Salvia, G., & Barr, C. The relationship between ideas about cleanliness and actions that affect product longevity. Product Lifetimes And The Environment (p. 119). Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: CADBE.

  • Harmer, L., Cooper, T., Fisher, T., Salvia, G., & Barr, C. (2015). The joy of vacuuming? How the user experience affects vacuum cleaner longevity. Product Lifetimes And The Environment (p. 138). Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: CADBE.

  • Salvia, G., Cooper, T., Fisher, T., Harmer, L., & Barr, C. (2015). What is broken? Expected lifetime, perception of brokenness and attitude towards maintenance and repair. Product Lifetimes And The Environment (p. 342). Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University: CADBE.