I’m a design researcher and lecturer in Product Design at the University of Dundee.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a research collaboration at martin.skelly.contact @ gmail . com (without the spaces) or connect with me on LinkedIn.


Martin lectures in Product Design and Creative Technologies at the University of Dundee, leading modules on the role of prototyping, the design of physical digital objects, physical computing and internet connected objects. His research focuses on creating speculative, robust, crafted research products that explore alternative futures for emerging technologies at the intersection of design, creative technologies and human computer interaction (HCI). His research has been exhibited internationally in Almhult, Amsterdam, Bangalore, Berlin, Brussels, Dundee, Edinburgh, London, Mexico City, Oslo, San Francisco and Vienna.

Before joining academia, Martin worked for a design week top 100 design agency in Business Development, Product Design and Creative Technology roles. His work in industry was featured widely in the media and has been exhibited in the Design Museum, Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Selected clients include the BBC, NHS, Coca-Cola, Liverpool Football Club and the Met Office.

Martin’s research and teaching explores questions around privacy, security, user agency and ethics in our increasingly automated, algorithmically monitored lives. He creates data driven products and designs meaningful experiences that link our physical world with our digital world.

Further information on his research focus and publications can be viewed on his discovery profile and you can connect with him on LinkedIn.

Collaboration Opportunities

I have listed several ways you can collaborate with me below, please contact me to set up a call to discuss further; my email address is listed above.

Academic Research Collaborations.

Are you an academic researcher looking to collaborate on a project or proposal? My list of research interests and recent publications can be found on my discovery profile at the link above.

Innovation Voucher.

Are you a small or medium enterprise with an idea to develop a new product, service or experience? You can apply for an innovation voucher funded by the Scottish Funding Council for a small grant to access my academic expertise and knowledge to support your business goals. More information on the innovation voucher scheme can be viewed on the University of Dundee’s innovate page, please contact me to work together on your idea.

Industry Teaching Collaborations.

The Product Design BSc course at the University of Dundee is always looking for new industry partners for industry briefs. For example, in 2023 our students worked on a packaging design brief for a local start up chocolate company, and on a project with Microsoft Research exploring the influence of artificial intelligence technologies on our workplaces in the future.


Are you an external business, public sector body, government or charity looking to buy in specialist knowledge in design, connected objects, IoT, speculative design, design futures or creative technology? Please contact me to discuss or read more information on University of Dundee consultancy opportunities.

Potential PhD Student.

Are you a potential PhD student looking to discuss a PhD topic related to my research interests? You can read more about PhD opportunities in the University of Dundee’s postgraduate study page.

External Examiner Opportunities.

I’m available as an external examiner for HE courses within the UK and internationally. Please contact me by email if you are looking for a new external examiner with expertise across Product Design, Interaction Design and Creative Technologies. Alternatively, if you are interested in being an External Examiner for one of our courses at the University of Dundee please send me an email.

Sharing Industry Opportunities with Students.

Are you looking to share placement, internship or job opportunities with current students or recent design graduates? Please send me the details and I will happily share through our Product Design programme networks.

Speaking Opportunities.

I regularly present my research at conferences and visit institutions on my research themes and interests.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

I regularly share research and teaching posts on my LinkedIn profile, please connect with me to get updates on my research practice and the Product Design course at Dundee.

Any other ideas?

If you have a collaboration opportunity that isn’t listed above, please get in touch to discuss!