Staff Profiles

Prof Richie Moalosi

PhD Industrial Design (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

MA Design  (Wolverhampton University, United Kingdom)

B.Ed. Design and Technology (University of Botswana, Botswana)

Richie Moalosi is Professor in the Department of Industrial Design and Technology at the University of Botswana. He has over 20 years of teaching experience at the university level. He works with small micro-enterprises, community-based organisations and creative communities to uplift their brands and product or service innovation capabilities as these are considered to be the next engine of economic growth in Botswana and Africa. His specialisation and research interest areas include the following: design and culture, design education, sustainable design, social innovation, additive manufacturing, and post-graduate students’ supervision. He has also published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals, contributed book chapters, published books and presented at many international peer-reviewed conferences.

Teaching areas include: 

Design research

Emerging issues in design 

Packaging design

Design studio-based courses (design projects)

Additive manufacturing

Social innovation

Design and Culture (Cultural ergonomics)

Sustainable design

Design education

Building Product Innovation Capability Amongst Botswana's Manufacturing Small Micro Enterprises

An Assessment of Sustainable Design-driven Innovation in the Furniture Manufacturing Small Micro Enterprises in Zimbabwe

Design of a Zimbo-centric fabric inspired by indigenous knowledge of Zimbabwe


  1. Vezzoli, C., Ceschin, F., Osanjo, L., M’Rithaa, M. K., Moalosi, R., Nakazibwe, V., Diehl, J.C. (2018). Designing Sustainable Energy for All, Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, ISBN 978-3-319-70222-3, Switzerland.


Book Chapter

  1. Moalosi, R., Marope, O. & Setlhatlhanyo, K. N. (2019). Cultural Memory: An Asset for Design-driven Innovation within the Creative Industries. In R. Halter (Eds.) Cultural Spaces and Design - Prospects of Design Education. Basel: LIBRUM Publishers & Editors LLC, 18-35, Switzerland, DOI: 10.19218/3906897318.


Journal Article

  1. Setlhatlhanyo, K. N., Marope, O., Moalosi, R.  & Sealetsa, O. J. (2019). Developing creative designs inspired by ethnic cultural heritage: a case study of design students at the University of Botswana. FormAkademisk - Research Journal of Design and Design Education, 11(6), 1-13.

In pursuit of academic excellence