john powell

john powell

  • jpowell at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
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John Powell MBE

John is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Science and Technology specialising in: Design Leadership, Human Centred Design, Drowning Prevention, Product Design, Electronic systems design, Business Management, Lifesaving Equipment Design

John is also a final year supervisor for Product Design and a masters tutor for business project unit

Research activity:

Currently leading an international design team using Human-Centred Design to investigate drowning in newly mobile infants in Bangladesh as part of an NIHR funded four year study.

Currently creating a professional framework and methodology to use design for creating interventions to reduce risk of injury

Improving design empathy.

Design Ethics

Committee member: British Standards Institute - Water safety and rescue equipment

Participant in the world design for Safety Symposium 2018. Foresight review

Professional practice roles:

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Role - International Lifesaving Manager...


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Good health and well-being

"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages"

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Reduced inequalities

"Reduce inequality within and among countries"

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Sustainable cities and communities

"Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable"

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Partnership for the Goals

"Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development"

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Journal Articles


  • powell, 2015. International teaching, training and assessment in low resource areas. Royal National Lifeboat Institution.


  • powell, J. and underwood, G., 2024. bridging the empathy gap. In: Engineering and Product Design Education 2023 7-8 September 2023 Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering.
  • Powell, J. and Underwood, G., 2017. Rescued by design: Enabling low-Resource communities to reduce global drowning. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, E and PDE 2017, 206-211.
  • Koohgilani, M., Powell, J. and Underwood, G., 2015. RP or not RP: That is the co-creation question. Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research and Enterprise, E and PDE 2015, 246-251.
  • powell, 2014. ETHICS – RESEARCH, ENGINEERING, DESIGN… THEY’RE ALL THE SAME AREN’T THEY? In: The 16th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education 4-5 September 2014 University of Twente.
  • Humphries-Smth, T., Blount, G. and Powell, J., 2014. Ethics - Research, engineering, design... They're all the same aren't they? Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Design Education and Human Technology Relations, E and PDE 2014, 485-491.

Invited Lectures

  • The International Drowning Epidemic, Bournemouth University, 05 Dec 2014 more


  • Drowning Prevention for newly mobile infants under two’s in Bangladesh (NIHR, 01 Nov 2023). In Progress

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Co-creation (28 Sep 2014)


  • MBE (Her Majesty the Queen, 2019)
  • Young electronic designer awards : National 3rd Place (Electronic Designers Awards, 1993)
  • United Kingdom - Winner : European young scientist award (European Union, 1992)
  • Young Engineer for Britain National Final - 2nd (Engineering Council UK, 1992)