Dr Andrew Walters is Director of Research and Reader in Product Design at the National Centre for Product Design and Development Research (PDR) at UWIC. His research centres on the application of product development processes and technologies, especially in SMEs. His current research focus is on the development of methods for the application of user-centric design, especially in terms of improving accessibility to user-led design and development principles. Over the past thirteen years he has worked with many SMEs and large companies on the development of improved design practice, both on research and consultancy projects. Andrew is currently supervising seven PhDs on the subjects of user centred design, service design, design policy and design management. He has 30+ academic and professional articles published and is member of both the AHRC and EPSRC Peer Review Colleges. He holds a BA in Industrial Design and a PhD on “The Impact of Advanced Manufacturing Technology on Small Welsh Companies”.
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(2013) £220K, A4B User Centred Design Group Development. Source: Welsh Assembly Government. Role: Co-Investigator
(2013) £51K, Cardiff Metropolitan University Research Innovation Awards. Role: Director of Studies Cardiff
(2012) £65K Cardiff Metropolitan University Research Innovation Awards. Role: Research Supervisor
(2011) £39K, UWIC Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship. Role:Director of Studies.
(2009) £450K, A4B Knowledge Transfer Centre: User-Centric Laboratory. Source: Welsh Assembly Government. Role: Co-investigator.
(2009) £39K, UWIC Vice Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarship. Role: Director of Studies.
(2009) £120K, KTP Performance Health Care (2nd Project). Role: Lead Academic.
(2008) £120K, KTP Feridax. Role: Lead Academic.
(2008) £19.6K, A4B Feasibility Study: User-Centric Design. Source: Welsh Assembly Government. Role: Principal Investigator.
(2007) £120K, KTP Performance Health Care. Role: Academic Supervisor.
(2007) £1K, International Travel Grant. Source: Royal Academy of Engineering.
(2006) £120K, KTP Geith International. Role: Academic Supervisor.
(2005) £240K, KTP Frontier Plastics (Dual Associate). Role: Academic Supervisor.
(2002) £1K, International Travel Grant. Source: Royal Academy of Engineering.
(2002) £340K, Business Growth in SMEs through Design and Environmental Quality Analysis. Source: European Regional Development Fund. Role: Co-investigator.
Publications & Reports
Hesselmann S., Walters A. T. 2013. A Critical Assessment of the Design Management Staircase Model Factors. 2nd Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference. Cambridge.
Walters A.T, Thurston P., Cawood G., 2013, User Centred Service Innovation: Are commercial interests preventing clients from maximising the value they get from service design research?, in Service Design with Theory, Miettinen S. & Valtonen A. (Eds.), Lapland University Press, Finland, ISBN 978-952-484-551-9, pp. 125 – 130
Hesselmann S., Walters A.T., Lewis A., Millward H., 2012, An Analysis of Design Management Practices in Europe, A critical investigation of the Staircase Model, DMI International Research Conference, Boston, MA, USA, 8-9 August 2012
Whicher A., Cawood G., Walters A.T., Lewis A., Millward H., 2012, Research and Practice in Design and Innovation Policy, DMI International Research Conference, Boston, MA, USA, 8-9 August 2012
Mihoc A., Walters A.T., Eggbeer D & Gill S., 2012, User-Led Development of Bespoke Medical Devices, 13th Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing, Lancaster, UK, 22 June 2012
Walters A.T., Millward H., 2011, Challenges in Managing the Convergence of Information and Product Design Technology in a Small Company, International Journal of Technology Management, 53(2/3/4), pp. 190-215, doi:10.1504/IJTM.2011.038590
Walters A.T., 2011, Rapid Ethnographic Evaluation, Med-Tech Innovation, Issue 2, April 2011, pp. 30-31.
Morgan A., Walters A.T., 2011, Practice Based Research – The ‘Cinderella’ Problem’, Proc. of Doctoral Education in Design Conference, Hong Kong, 23-25 May 2011
Walters A.T., Evans J., 2011, Developing a Framework for Accessible User-Centric Design, Proc. of 18th International Product Development Management Conference, Delft, Netherlands, 6-7 June 2011
Hesselmann S., Walters A.T., Millward H., Lewis A., Murphy D., 2011,Success Activities for Design Management – A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation, Proc. of 18th International Product Development Management Conference, Delft, Netherlands, 6-7 June 2011
Hesselmann S., Walters A.T., Lewis A., Millward H., 2011, Success Activities for Design Management: A Study, Proc. of The First Cambridge Academic Design Management Conference, Cambridge, UK, 7-8th September 2011
Walters A.T., 2009, Towards the Development of an Advanced Manufacturing Technology Implementation Tool for Small Companies, Proc. of PICMET ’09, Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon, USA, 3 – 6 August 2009. Ed. Anderson T.R., Daim T.U., Kocaoglu D.F., ISBN 1-890843-20-2,doi:10.1109/PICMET.2009.5262012
Eggbeer D., Thomas D, Millward H., Walters A.T., Williams R., July 2009,A feasibility study into the provision of advanced digital technologies services for Welsh medical product development companies, Funded by Welsh Assembly Government’s Academic Expertise for Business (A4B)
Murphy D., Raulik-Murphy, G., Walters A.T., February 2009,Investigation into design management promotion in Europe, Funded by the EU Admire Programme
Walters A.T., Evans J., Lewis A., November 2008, Feasibility Study: User Centric Development, Funded by Welsh Assembly Government’s Academic Expertise for Business (A4B)
Walters A.T., 2007, Challenges in Managing the Convergence of Information and Product Design Technology in a Small Company, Proc. of PICMET ’07, Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon, USA, 5 – 9 August 2007. Ed. Anderson T.R., Daim T.U., Kocaoglu D.F., ISBN 1-890843-15-6, pp 799 – 806,doi:10.1109/PICMET.2007.4349397
Roberts G., Walters A.T,, Davies J.L., Mumby A. 2007, A Case Study of a Dual Education Approach to Implementing New Product Development Processes in a Small to Medium-Sized Enterprise, International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Northumbria University, 13 – 14 September 2007
Sky J., Walters A.T., 2007, A Case Study of Remote Product Development Activities, The 24th International Manufacturing Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, 29 – 31 August 2007
Bowden R., Walters A.T., Mumby A., 2007, Developing Creativity in the Product Development Process within a Small to Medium Sized Enterprise, 14th International Product Development Management Conference, Porto, Portugal, 10 – 12 June 2007
Walters A.T., Millward H., Lewis A., 2006, Case Studies of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Implementation in Small Companies, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 3(2), ISSN 0219-8770, pp. 149 – 169, doi:10.1142/S0219877006000752
Millward H., Byrne C., Walters A.T., Lewis A., 2006, New Product Development within Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Analysis Through Technology Management Maps, International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management, 3(3), ISSN 0219-8770, pp. 283 – 302, doi:10.1142/S0219877006000806
Millward H., Byrne C., Walters A.T., Lewis A., 2005, The relationship between technology management and product development boundaries in small and medium-sized enterprises, in Anderson T.R., Daim T.U., Kocaoglu D.F. (ed.), Technology Management: A Unifying Discipline for Melting the Boundaries, PICMET, Portland, ISBN 1-890843-11-3, pp. 509 – 519
Walters A.T., Hoyle R., 2005, Implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies in response to business opportunities in two small companies, Proc. of PICMET ’05, Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, Portland, Oregon, USA, 31 July – 4 August 2005, Ed. Anderson T.R., Daim T.U., Kocaoglu D.F., ISBN 1-890843-12-1
Dorrington P., Walters A.T., 2004, Organisational change requirements for advanced manufacturing technology implementation, Proc. RENT XVIII, Managing Complexity and Change in SMEs, LOK Research Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 – 26 November 2004, Ed. Christensen P.R., Hoeg K., Flemming P., ISBN 87-91181-83-6, p.85
Walters A.T., Hoyle R., Lewis A., Millward H., 2004, A comparison of the impact of advanced manufacturing within different sized companies, Proc. 21st International Manufacturing Conference, University of Limerick, Ireland, 1st – 3rd September 2004, Ed. Phelan P., ISBN 1-8746537-7-1, pp. 527-534
Walters A.T., Lewis A, 2002, Using virtual prototyping to stimulate and reduce new product development risk for a small to medium sized enterprise, Proc. The Time Compression Technologies Conference and Exhibition, GMEX/MICC, Manchester, UK, 16th – 17th October 2002
Lewis A, Walters A.T., 2002, Implications of inadequate specification procedures on new product development in small to medium sized enterprises, Proc. The 9th International Product Development Management Conference, Ecole des Mines, Sophia Antipolis, France, 27th – 28th May 2002, pp 541-549
Walters A.T., Lewis A., 2002, Development and implementation of a new product design specification tool within a small to medium sized enterprise (SME), Proc. The 11th International Forum on Design Management Research and Education, North Eastern University, Boston, USA, 10th – 12th June 2002
Walters A.T., Thomas N., Brown R., Lewis A., 2001, Barriers to effective product development within SMEs in the medical manufacturing sector, Proc. The Fourth SMESME International Conference, Aalborg University, Denmark, 14th – 16th May 2001, Ed. Hans-Henrik Hvolby, ISBN 87-89867-81-5, pp 113 – 119
Other Academic Roles
Invited Speaker at 60 years of the German Design Council celebratory conference ‘Design. Innovation. Europe.’ Römer, Frankfurt, Germany, 14 June 2013
Programme Committee Member for PICMET ’13, Portland, Oregon, USA
Invited Speaker at West of England Design Forum ‘The Future is Bright?’ Arnolfini, Bristol, 23 March 2012
Research Talk: An introduction to User Centric Design, Public Design Workshop for Design Silesia, Poland, 13 September 2011
External Member Trinity Saint David Arts Undergraduate Final Validation Panel, June 2011
Invited Speaker at Design Research Forum ‘Steering Courses & Discourses’, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Berlin, 16 Nov 2009
Programme Committee Member (Reviewer) for PICMET ’09, USA
Panellist on Accelerated Radical Innovation tutorial at PICMET ’07, USA