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Dr Justin Marshall

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Dr Marshal is an experienced digital craftsperson, maker and researcher. For over fifteen years his research has been investigating the integration of digital design and production technologies into art and craft practices. As such he is interested in the role and significance of digital tools within craft practice, both in terms of new aesthetic opportunities, and how the creative use of this toolset challenges the concept of the ‘handmade’. He has exhibited digital craftwork both nationally and internationally.

He is also interested in how access to digital manufacturing tools can empower individuals and communities to 'make', especially in relation to Makerspaces and Maker communities, both within the UK and beyond.

More broadly, he is interested in how craft, as a materially sensitive and human centred practice can have value in multidisciplinary research projects and has been involved in numerous collaborative projects that bring together diverse teams to investigate areas beyond the normal scope of craft practitioners.

He has been member of the AHRC peer Review College since 2012, including sitting on the ‘Follow on Funding’ award panel. He is a Fellow of the RSA and is external examiner for BA(Hons)/MDes 3D Design and Craft Course at the University of Brighton.

Campus Address

Room 204c
School of Design, School of Design (CCE2)
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Art PhD March 01 2000
  • Associate Fellow (AFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Interdisciplinary palimpsest: visual representations of coastal change combining digital craft and geomorphology, Risner, I., Naylor, L., Marshall, J. 24 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Maps
  • Enticatypes, Vannucci, E., Marshall, J., Wallace, J. 18 Mar 2019, Fourth Biennial Research Through Design Conference
  • Crafting Conductive Circuits and Capacitive Surfaces in Glass, Sarmiento, J., Marshall, J. 22 Jun 2018, In: Making Futures
  • Evolutionary Craft, Marshall, J. Sep 2017, Ding , Dundee, Dundee University
  • Making with China: Craft-based Participatory Research Methods for Investigating Shenzhen’s Maker Movement, Marshall, J., Rossi, C. 26 Jul 2017, In: Digital Culture & Society
  • Berlin Tapes, Marshall, J. 2017, Unbox Caravan - Field Notes , Dundee, Dundee University
  • Localized tools for local contexts, Marshall, J. 2017, The Craft Edition, Dundee, Dundee University
  • Thinking through Making, Marshall, J., Wallace, J. 2017, Unbox Caravan - Field Notes , Dundee, Dundee University
  • Why Craft?, Marshall, J. 2017, Unbox Caravan - Field Notes , Dundee, Dundee University
  • China’s Creative Communities, Rossi, C., Marshall, J., Julier, G. Jun 2016

PGR Supervision

  • Jill Brewster Start: 22/11/2017
  • Nicholas Sellars Start: 01/03/2018
  • Simon Scott-Harden Active forms of Responsive Environments Start: 05/05/2017
  • Erica Vannucci Start: 01/10/2017


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