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About Neil Maycroft

I arrived at the University of Lincoln via Nottingham Trent University, Goldsmiths College, and De Montfort University. I originally trained as a Social Scientist and completed a PhD in Social Theory. For several years, I taught ‘critical theory’ to Social Scientists and ‘contextual studies’ to design students. However, a growing interest in everyday life, material culture and design became the vehicle by which I was able to consolidate a move into design teaching with its more specific focus on the production of ‘stuff’ of various sorts. I retain a social scientist’s interest in the normative dimension of my chosen subject and try to broadly locate design and material culture in relation to wider political, economic, social and cultural developments and debates. I have supervised seven postgraduate students to completion (six PhD and one MPhil) and acted as an Examiner for several other research degrees. Currently, I am supervising three PhD students. I would welcome applications and proposals which combine historical, social and cultural analysis with a focus on design and/or material culture—artefacts, designed objects, consumer culture, ambiguous ‘stuff’, waste, obsolescence, and so on.

Department Responsibilities

Director of Research, Lincoln School of Design Reader—Design, Society and Culture PGR (Postgraduate Research) Lead for Design. I oversee the MA by Research, MPhil, and PhD applications, processes, support and annual progress. Pathway Leader for ‘Design: Society and Culture’ on MA Design Module Co-ordinator for ‘Research and Enterprise in Design’ on the MA Design

Subject Specialism

Design and material culture; wasting and not wasting, getting and ridding.


  • BA (Hons) Social Science. Nottingham Trent University, 1990.
  • PhD. Nottingham Trent University, 1998.

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Research Interests

  • Ambiguous matter

  • Design Studies

  • Lost and found things

  • Paraphernalia

  • Rammel

  • Rubbish

  • Waste

Research in the Lincoln Repository