Contact Harris Chapman

Areas of expertise

  • Design, Strategy & Innovation
  • Water Science and Engineering


Harris completed his BA in 3D Design: New Practice from Loughborough University where he specialized in furniture craftsmanship. Upon graduating, an interest in digital manufacturing techniques lead to a career in computerized manufacturing in furniture and yacht construction. Returning to academia to explore the theory of design whilst in an industrial context led to completing his MDes in Innovation and Creativity in Industry at Cranfield University, where he was able to put his studies in design thinking and innovation management to practice whilst being chosen to take part in the Airbus Airnovation Summer Academy, working on projects sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and completing his thesis to aid the application of fundamental science produced by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC). Harris has continued his research at Cranfield University by undertaking a PhD in Developing Engineering Systems with Stakeholder Engagement.

Current activities

Harris is carrying out his PhD research within the Cranfield Water Science Institute and the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D). His research focuses on how insights from stakeholders, both commercial and governmental, can inform the development of a decentralized wastewater processing system for the rail sector through the use of design-led methods.