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Dr Dipti Bhagat

Senior Lecturer: Design History, Theory and Design Research School of Design John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design

Contact: d.bhagat@londonmet.ac.uk

Research Interests

Design History: cultural and historical geographies of imperial display and spectacle, early-mid 20th century; modernism as implicated in urban planning and design in southern Africa; material and visual cultures of African diaspora communities in London.

Pedagogy of design and design history: action research to enhance and embed academic writing in design teaching and learning through Writing-in-the-Disciplines approaches; widening participation research in Art and Design; developing inclusive teaching and learning practices.

  • Chair of the Design History Society, 2009 http://www.designhistorysociety.org/
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Design History, 2009- http://jdh.oxfordjournals.org/
  • Member of the Executive Committee of Design History Society, Conference Officer 2007-2009
  • Peer reviewer for DHS Annual Conferences: Networks of Design 2008 (University College Falmouth); Writing Design 2009 (University of Hertfordshire).
  • Academic Convener: Annual Design History Society Conference: locating design 2005, held at London Metropolitan University /research/dhsac/home.html (British Academy Conferences Grant, HEA-ADM grant, OUP sponsorship)

Teaching and Learning

  • Undergraduate, all levels: co-ordination, curriculum development and teaching: Design History and Theory Design Practice courses: BA (Hons) Interior Design, Furniture and Product Design, Textile Design, Silversmithing and Jewellery Design, Graphic Design, Motion Graphic Design, Design, Illustration.
  • Postgraduate taught: MA Design Studies, Design Research, Research Methods, for taught MA Design Suite.
  • Postgraduate, PhD: supervision of 2 practice-based, design projects.

External Examiner:

  • University College Falmouth
  • 2009 – 2012, Design Histories and Theories undergraduate programmes of the BA(Hons) Spatial design, BA(Hons) Garden Design and BA(Hons) Interior Design.
  • University of Lincoln
  • 2004 – 2007, Design Histories and Theories undergraduate programmes of the BA(Hons) Computer Animation, BA(Hons) Illustration BA(Hons) Graphic Design.


  • Writing art/design, NALN Progression Programme, Central St Martins, College of Art and Design.
  • 2008. Design and implementation of, and staff training in, Writing-in-the-Disciplines, academic writing workshops for NALN Widening Participation Progression Programme, art and design pre-entry students.

Co-convener, with Torunn Kjolberg:

  • Design History Society Teaching and Learning Workshop 1, 10 September, 2010. Held at London Metropolitan University.


Ph.D Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London: “The poetics of belonging: exhibitions and the performance of white South African Identity, 1886-1936”

M.A. (RCA) Design History, Royal College of Art / Victoria And Albert Museum

B.A. (Hons) Textile Design, Loughborough University


In preparation:

Bhagat, D. and O’Neill, Peter, (eds.) (2010) Researching Widening Participation in Art, Design and Media, forthcoming, commissioned by CHEAD, NALN, HEA-ADM, ACE.

Bhagat, D. and O’Neill, Peter, (2010) “writingdesign”, in Mary Deane and Peter O’Neill, (eds) Writing in the Disciplines, Palgrave, MacMillan.

Bhagat, D., (2010) “Performing White South Africa, 1886-1936”, in S. Teasely, G. Adamson, G. Riello, (eds.), Approaches to Global Design History, Routledge.


Bhagat, D. and O’Neill, P. (2009), ‘writing design: A collaboration between the Write Now CETL and The Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design,’ Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education 8: 2, pp.177-182.

Bhagat, D., (2009) “The Tube Map” in Brody, David and Clark, Hazel, (eds.), Design Studies: a Reader, Berg, pp. 485-489.

Andrews, S.; Bhagat, D.; Harding, J.; Williamson M.; (eds.), (2007), London Metropolitan Eastend Archive: The Paul Trevor Collection, a digital archive for VADS http://www.vads.ac.uk/collections/EEP.html

Bhagat, D., (2003), “Art Deco in South Africa”, in Tim Benton, Charlotte Benton, Ghislaine Wood, (eds.), Art Deco 1910-1939, V&A Publications, London, pp. 418-426.

Conference papers

Bhagat, D. and Peter O’Neill, “Widening Participation Research in Art and Design”, CLTAD Conference, Enhancing Curricula, Berlin, April 2010.

Bhagat, D. and Peter O’Neill, “writing in the disciplines: writingdesign”, CLTAD Conference, Enhancing Curricula, Berlin, April 2010.

Bhagat, D. and Peter O’Neill, “Widening Participation Research in Art and Design”, invited paper: National Arts Learning Network and ukadia Conference: Moving Ahead, February 2010.

Bhagat, D. and Peter O’Neill, “Researching Widening Participation in Art and Design”, invited talk: CHEAD Business Meeting, November, 2009.

Bhagat, D, “Performing South African Identity 1924”, invited paper: Royal College of Art symposium, Approaches to Global Design History, part of Global Arts, an AHRC-funded Network (including University of Warwick, the Ashmolean Museum, and the V&A/RCA, May 2009.

Bhagat, D, “writingdesign” at Writing Development in Higher Education Conference 2008, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, June 2008.

Bhagat, D, “writingdesign”, Academic Collaboration between Writing Specialists and Design Historians ‘, at European Writing Centers Association Conference, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany, June 2008.

Bhagat, D, “Writing in Design” at Integrated Writing Development, at WriteNow, CETL, London Metropolitan University, January 2008.

Panel Chair: “The Impact of Identity and Nationalisms in the Shaping of Design in South Africa c. 1960-2004" Politics of Design Annual Design History Conference, Belfast University, 2004.

Panel Convener and speaker: “Imperial journeys: re-designing London through and beyond empire 1900- 1951” and paper: Bhagat, D, “Contesting images of ‘home’: South African hybridity on the fringes of empire, 1924-1925” at Politics of Design Annual Design History Conference, Belfast University, 2004.

Bhagat, D, “Performing White Belonging(s): Empire Exhibition Johannesburg 1936”, London Group of Historical Geographers, Institute of Historical Research, January 2002.

Bhagat, D, “The poetics of belonging: the performance of white South African identity, 1910-1936”, Raphael Samuel Centre for Metropolitan Studies, University of East London, April 2002.

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