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Senior Research Fellow in Engineering, University of Bristol

Chris McMahon is a retired Professor of Engineering Design and former President of the international Design Society who continues his role at the University of Bristol as a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Associate Teacher. He is particularly interested in the principles of engineering design and the role of design in society, especially design for a sustainable future. Recently, he has translated the best-selling French book, The Age of Low Tech, by Philippe Bihouix.


  • 2018–2022
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol
  • 2017–2018
    Lektor, Technical University of Denmark
  • 2012–2016
    Professor of Engineering Design, University of Bristol
  • 2005–2012
    Professor of Engineering Design, University of Bath
  • 2002–2005
    Reader, University of Bath
  • 1984–2002
    ecturer/SL/Reader, University of Bristol