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Paul graduated with a degree in Modern Languages and European studies from LSU College in Southampton. While studying he began to explore design history and completed the RCA/V&A master's programme in the History of Design.
The first design history text he read was a catalogue from an exhibition in Middlesbrough about the Victorian designer, Christopher Dresser. In 1992 he came to Middlesbrough to teach design history here at the University and visit the museum which had aroused his interest in design history.
Before coming to Teesside, Paul was a dealer in 20th century antiques. This cemented his fascination with objects and the way they shaped and reflected people’s lives.
He is now particularly interested in sustainable design and theories of product interaction and emotional design, all of which he teaches within the field of product design.
Paul has spoken on sustainable design and design history at the Changing the Change conference in Turin (July 2008). He is co-editing an issue of the Design Philosophy Papers which deals with the role of design historical writing in the context of the sustainability debate.