Professor Justin Magee

Research Director - Art & Design

Belfast School of Art

Belfast campus

Room BA-04-007,
2-24 York Street,
BT15 1AP,

Art and Design Research

Research Director - Art & Design

Professor Justin Magee


Justin Magee is a professor of Design and the Interim Associate Dean for Research & Impact (AHSS). His academic discipline is product design. He was Research Director for the Belfast School of Art (UoA32) from 2017-2021, leading the REF2021 submission. He received the Ulster University Distinguished Business Fellowship 2007, Research Excellence award for KE in 2017 and the Research Excellence Award for Business partnerships of the year under 250 employees in 2020.

His research focuses on digital human modelling, user experience and immersion for physical and digital product applications, in Arts and Health. His work was returned in the RAE2001, RAE2008, REF2014 and REF2021 including leading an Impact Case Study.

Since 2001, he has had a sustained record of multi-disciplinary and multiagency research income securing £8,057,167 across 21 external research awards  (excludes match funding of circa £5,700,000) from AHRC, RCUK, DCAL, Innovate UK, WHSCT, NHSCT, HSC R&D/PHA, RCUK and ConnectED. He is a Co-investigator on one of the nine national AHRC Creative Industries Clusters (Future Screens NI). 12 awards were as PI (£702,135) with additional funding (not R-coded) related to research and impact totalling £49,407 from DCAL, Invest NI/ ERDF/DCC, INTERREG IIIA, HSCNI, HPSS. He has applied for £11,127,657 across 40 awards.

As a design consultant he has worked for LEGO Systems, Denmark, GE Plastics (Germany and UK) on contracts with Mercedes, Audi, Porsche etc., Smart Car and as a design consultant on over 80 commercial projects with SME’s in Ireland and the UK. He has generated >£271,518 through Innovation Ulster Ltd. He has been involved in nine Invention disclosures, 3 patents and is an IP stakeholder in 3 collaborative research projects with HSC Innovations.

His recent KTP activity with CDE Global and Axial3D received Innovate UK Certificates of Excellence (2017, 2020). One featured as a case study for the NCUB State of the Art report (2018) and a finalist at the THELMAs for KE initiative of the year (2018). They were part of an Impact Case Study for REF2021.

He has also served as:

  • Course and Subject Director (2009-2016) at UG and PG level
  • Placement coordinator (2000-2006, 2010-2015)
  • Director for Academic Enterprise for the Faculty of Arts (2006-2011)
  • Acting Director of the Research Institute (2005)

He is a member of the Institute of Designers (IDI, 2006), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA, 2020), All-Party Design & Innovation (2022) and The Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD, 2017). In 2020 he was appointed as CHEAD Research Alliance Strategy Group member. He held an external appointment on the HSC NI Office for Research Ethics Committees (2017-2019). He has peer-reviewed several Journals across design, medical engineering, creative industries and entrepreneurship including the Design Journal.

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities with Professor Justin Magee
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