Dr Arjun Khara

Dr Arjun Khara


I am a lecturer on the BA Graphic and Communication Design programme at the School of Design, and the Incoming Deputy Head of School (Transformation and Experience). I completed my PhD at the Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading. My thesis was on designing for fairness in digital government forms issued during and after COVID-19, which led to the creation of ‘Fairness Design,’ a new model for analysing digital government forms and documents. During this time I was also working as an associate lecturer, teaching on modules for film poster design, history of graphic communication, and design practice. I have an MA in Computer Games Design from Goldsmiths, University of London (Valedictorian Orator) and a BA in Communications, Media and Culture (Golden Key International Honour Society) from the University of South Australia. I have worked as a communications and multimedia specialist, including creating web-based, VR, and AR experiences in learning and consumer environments.


  • Incoming Deputy Head of School: Transformation and Experience
  • CEPD Creative Lead
  • Study Abroad Academic Lead

Research interests

My key research interest is in ‘Fairness Design’ — a new model for analysing digital government forms and documents to create fairer interactions between issuers and users. ‘Fairness Design’ was my original contribution to knowledge and output of my PhD thesis. Currently, I am part of an EPSRC-funded cross-disciplinary research team, between the School of Computing and School of Design, analysing data visualisation in artificial intelligence environments. My research focuses on the intersection between design theory and industry practice to deliver effective continuous professional development (CPD). Before starting my masters and PhD, I worked in Singapore as a communications trainer and multimedia specialist. I co-founded The Quantico Centre for Communication and Information Literacy (QCCIL) in Singapore, which conducts copywriting, branding, and information design workshops and courses for public, private, and nonprofit organisations. I am continuing my research in CPD-related training systems as an academic contributor and Creative Lead at the School of Design’s new Centre of Excellence for Professional Development (CEPD).

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  • PhD Typography and Graphic Communication
  • MA Computer Games Design (Valedictorian Orator)
  • BA Communication, Media and Culture

Professional memberships

  • Golden Key International Honour Society

Student education

I am a module leader and tutor for taught modules on the BA Graphic and Communication Design programme, and supervise PhD, masters, and final-year undergraduate students. In addition, I serve as academic lead for the Study Abroad exchange programme at the School of Design. I welcome queries from potential research students interested in digital government communication, information design systems, graphic design and communication, interactive design, branding, and multimedia specialities.

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