Selected Publications


The Decolonising Design Group, 2017. Design Activism: A Conversation byThe Decolonising Design Group. Modes of Criticism, 3(1), pp.55–65.

Abdulla, D. ‘Design Culture: The challenges and opportunities of introducing a new field in Jordan.’ In Mads Nygaard Folkmann, Hans-Christian Jensen, Guy Julier, Anders V. Munch & Niels Peter Skov (eds.) Design Culture: Objects and Approaches. Forthcoming (February 2019).

Abdulla, D. (2017) ‘Collaborative Curricula’, in Cecile Kung et al. (eds.) Open Design for E-very-thing: Cumulus Hong Kong Working Papers. 2017 Hong Kong: Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. pp. 141–143. [online]. Available from: http://cumulus.hkdihongkong2016.org/uploads/files/cumulus_hong_kong_2016_working_papers.pdf
Abdulla, D. (2016) ‘Only Icons’, in Yasir Suleiman (ed.) Being Palestinian Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 22–24.

Abdulla, D. (2014) A Manifesto of Change or Design Imperialism? A Look at the Purpose of the Social Design Practice. In: Claudio Coletta, Sara Colombo, Paolo Magaudda, Alvise Mattozzi, et al. (eds.). A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology. 2014 Milan, STS Italia Publishing. pp. 245–260. Available from: http://www.stsitalia.org/conferences/STSITALIA_2014/STS_Italia_AMoD_Proceedings_2014.pdf

“We must not maintain the status quo” in Mawahib: The Talent Directory (2012) United Arab Emirates: Mawahib Press. pp. 92–93


Academic Conference Presentations


Plenary discussion with Jonathan Woodham and Katarina Serulus (chaired by Jeremy Aynsley) at the International Design Organisations: Histories, Legacies, Values, Centre for Design History symposium, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK. 9–10 November 2017.

“Collaborative Curricula.” Papers presented at the Cumulus Hong Kong: Open Design for E-very-thing: exploring new design purposes conference in Hong Kong, China. 21–24 November 2016. (link)

“Design Culture and the local: the challenges and opportunities of introducing a new field in the Arab region.” Paper presented at the Design Culture: object, discipline and practice conference in Kolding, Denmark. 18–19 September 2014.
“A Manifesto of Change or Design Imperialism? A Look at the Purpose of the Social Design Practice.” Paper presented at 5th annual STS Italia Conference – A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology conference in Milan, Italy. 12–14 June 2014.

“The ‘good’ design brief: examining the effects of social design projects on communities.” Paper presented at the Goldsmiths Graduate Festival in London, UK. 30 April 2013.
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