I am a lecturer in Product Design, specialising in User Centred Design and have been based at Aston University, in the Mechanical Engineering and Design department since December 2015, having previously been a Research Associate and Lecturer in the Loughborough Design School.
I am the Programme Director for MSc Product Design and the final year academic tutor for the Product Design Undergraduate programme.
I lead and teach on a range of modules including:
My area of expertise is User Centred Design, and the majority of my research thus far has been conducted within the energy domain.
The second area of research development is within this discipline gap, where there is a unique opportunity to develop best practice and tools for cross-disciplinary work within this sociotechnical area, particularly within the energy demand domain.
My background enables me to represent the needs of people in all types of research. This might mean translating technical information so that it is easier for users to understand or gathering and analysing information from users which can then be used within the design of products or systems.
2017 EPSRC RCUK Catapult Researchers in Residence award (Energy Systems) - Consumer Challenges of Decarbonising Heat
2015 Talbot, R., Rackliff, L., Nicolle, C.A., Maguire, M., & Mallaband, B. (2015). The journey to difficulties, solutions and the impact of ageing. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation,. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15568318.2015.1014529
2014 Simpson, S., Banfill, P., Haines, H., Mallaband, B., & Mitchell, V. (2014). Energy-led domestic retrofit: impact of the intervention sequence. Building Research & Information, pp.1-19. DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2014.996360. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09613218.2014.996360#.Vm6l-JD8i1w
2013 Coughlan, T., Leder-Mackley, K., Brown, M., Martindale, S., Schlögl, S., Mallaband, B., Arnott, J. et al. (2013). Current Issues and Future Directions in Methods for Studying Technology in the Home. PsychNology Journal,11(2), pp.159-184. http://www.psychnology.org/File/PNJ11(2)/PSYCHNOLOGY_JOURNAL_11_2_COUGHLAN.pdf
2012 Banfill, P., Simpson, S., Haines, V. J. A., & Mallaband, B. (2012). Energy-led retrofitting of solid wall dwellings: technical and user perspectives on airtightness, Structural Survey, 30(3), pp.267–279. DOI: 10.1108/02630801211241829. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/full/10.1108/02630801211241829
2012 Haines, V.J., Mitchell, V.A., & Mallaband, B. (2012) Merging a practice-orientated approach with an engineering-driven product development: a case study on home improvement. Journal of Design Research, 10(1/2), p.28. DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2012.046138. http://www.inderscienceonline.com/doi/abs/10.1504/JDR.2012.046138?journalCode=jdr
2013 Mallaband, B., Haines, V.J., & Mitchell, V.A. (2013). Barriers to domestic retrofit: Learning from past home improvement experience. In Swan, W., & Brown, P. (eds) (2013) Retrofitting the built environment. John Wiley & Sons: Oxford, UK. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118273463
2014 Mallaband, B. & Haines, V.J. (2014) Blurred Lines: How Does Cross-Disciplinary Research Work In Practice. In proceedings of ACM UbiComp 2014 Workshop: HomeSys, Seattle, USA, 13 September, 2014. DOI: 10.1145/2638728.2641550. http://ubicomp.org/ubicomp2014/proceedings/ubicomp_adjunct/workshops/HomeSys/p963-mallaband.pdf
2014 Mallaband, B., Haines, V.J., Morton, M., Foda, E., Beizaee, A., Beckhelling, J., Allinson, D., Loveday, D. & Lomas, K. (2014) Saving energy in the home through digital feedback and control systems: an introduction to the DEFACTO project. In proceedings of Behave 2014, 3 – 4 September 2014. http://behaveconference.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/F_Becky_Mallaband_Loughborough_University.pdf
2013 Mallaband, B., Haines, V.J. & Mitchell, V.A. (2013). Exploring Past Home Improvement Experiences to Develop Future Energy Saving Technologies. In proceedings of ACM CHI 2013 Workshop: Methods for Studying Technology in the Home, Paris, France, 27 April – 2 May, 2013.
2012 Mallaband, B., Haines, V.J. & Mitchell, V.A. (2012) Barriers to domestic retrofit – learning from past home improvement experiences. In proceedings of Retrofit 2012. Salford, UK, January 24 – 26, 2012.