Dr Taslima Begum

Department: Department of Applied Computing and Engineering

Office/Location: F1.11, Cardiff School of Technologies, Llandaff Campus

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2041 6434

Email: tbegum@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Staff Overview

​Dr Taslima Begum is a Senior Lecturer in Computing at the Cardiff School of Technologies, Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is also a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Industries (Art, Media and Design) at the University of South Wales and a Contributing Researcher with Trans-technology Research at the University of Plymouth. She previously worked as a Human Centred Design Researcher with PDR - a world leading design research consultancy and as an advocate in charities empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the community. Her research interests span computing, socio-cultural studies, technology, HCI and human centred design. She has been a Fellow of the HEA since 2010 and is on various internal and external boards and committees as well as being a non-executive board member for Careers Wales since Feb 2020. Her PhD, completed in 2015, looked at Technology and Industrial Design Practice, Process and Pedagogy through a Postcolonial and Cultural Studies lens.  


In 2019 Taslima successfully 2nd supervised to completion a Professional Doctorate student from Ireland in ‘User-centred Service Design in Higher Education’ and a Doctor of Philosophy student from Abu Dhabi studying ‘Social Media and Crime Detection’.  

As a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Taslima has taught and supported learning since 2004 delivering lectures, workshops and seminars across computing, design, technology and new media at various institutions in Wales. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in the BA Interaction Design programme and acting Programme Leader on the MFA Design by Practice Programme at USW.   

At Cardiff Met Taslima has led a number of modules across our suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, namely BSc Software Engineering, BSc Computer Science, BSc Business Information Systems, MSc/BSc Computing, MSc Information and Communication Technology Management and MSc Technology Project Management. She has been module leader for Professionalism and Ethics in Information Systems (L6), Computing and Society (L4), Research Methods for Technology Projects (L7), Legal Applications in Technology (L7) and Digital Marketing (L7). 

She currently leads the following modules: Technology and Society (L4), Fundamentals of Information Systems (L4), and Research Methods for Technology Dissertations (L7).  She is also a Personal Tutor to numerous MSc students and supervises dissertation students (L6/7) as part of her role.


Taslima’s research is cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature across the broader nexus of Computing, Technology, Design, Culture, and Human Centred Design. In 2017 Taslima beat off strong competition to be selected for the Welsh Crucible programme for research leaders of the future as an early career researcher and subsequently won 3 collaborative HEFCW research project grants, namely:  

1. Redesigning the Sterilising Needle to prevent and treat Venous Access Port Infections using UCD - £8400;  

2. Developing a Smart Surgical Tool for Optimal Dental Implant Fixation using UCD - £3700; and  

3. Communicating the Complexities of Climate Change using Co-Design and Games - £6200. 

In 2017 and 2018, Taslima was a reviewer for the Design Research Society Conferences. In June 2018 she reviewed papers for the track: 'How Organisations employ Design as a vehicle for Change'.  

Key Publications

Begum, T.  (2015) A Postcolonial Investigation into the role of Culture and Hegemony within Western Industrial Design History, Praxis and Pedagogy.  PhD Thesis. Plymouth University Press.   

Begum, T.  (Oct 2016)  'A Postcolonial Critique of Industrial Design: A Critical Evaluation into the Relationship of Culture and Hegemony to Design History, Practice and Pedagogy'. Leonardo: International Journal of Art, Science and Technology, Vol.49, issue 5, p.458, MIT Press: Mass, U.S.A.  

Dorrington, P., Beverley, K., Bilbie, E., and Begum, T. (2017) 'Supporting SMEs in creating value through 3D printing- enabled re-distributed manufacturing'. UK: Cardiff Metropolitan University. Report ISBN 978-0-9929482-6-9.   

Khan, I., Begum, T and Walters, A.  (2017) 'Process Design through Virtualisation and Visualisation – a Non-Narrative approach of Communication'.  Advances in Management and Informatics Conference, 5th May 2017, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

Hare, J., Beverley, K., Begum, T., Andrews, C., Whicher, A., Walters, A, and Ruff, A.  (2018) Uncovering Human Needs through Visual Research Methods: Two Commercial Case Studies.  Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods, The Intuitive Researcher:, Vol.16, issue 2. pp. 55-102. ISSN 1477-7029   

Ayre, W., Thomas, D., Begum, T., Eaton, M., Harwood, Blaikie, P., C., Crivelli, D.  (July 2018) A Smart Surgical Tool for Optimal Dental Implant Fixation.  Presented at: the 96th general session of the International Association for Dental Research Conference (IADR), ExCel Convention Centre, London.

Foltz, A., Williams, C., Gerson, S., Reynolds, D., Pogoda, S., Begum, T., and Walton, P.  (2019) Communicating the Complexities of Climate Change via Gameplay. Frontiers Journal of Psychology, Vol. 4, issue 28. Doi. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2019.00028.

Other Projects and activities

Taslima has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2010 and was a member of the University’s Digital Engagement steering group, on the committee for the British Computing Society of South Wales (The Chartered Institute for IT), and a Trustee in a local social regeneration charity. She is currently a non-executive director of Careers Wales, a member of the Design Research Society and a member of the Creative Computing Research Centre at CST as well as a contributing member of Trans-Technology Research, which is a transdisciplinary research group, situated in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Plymouth University. 

Since her recent return from maternity leave she is scoping future potential research projects and activities and is open to cross-disciplinary collaborations.

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