Dr. Shilpa Das

Since 2004, Dr. Shilpa Das has been heading Inter-Disciplinary Design Studies and Science and Liberal Arts Studies at NID. An alumnus of JNU New Delhi (MA) and TISS Mumbai (PhD), she has cumulative work experience of 24 years in the education, publishing, and voluntary sectors.

At NID and elsewhere, Shilpa teaches Comparative Aesthetics, Semiotics and Communication, History of Design, History of Art, Indian Art and Culture, Narrative Theory, Indian Story Telling Traditions, Perspectives on Indian Society, Identity and Subjectivity, Cultural Studies, Form and Emotion, Form and Culture, Disability Theory, Craft Documentation, English Literature, Indian Philosophy, and Research Methodology.

She has guided about 75 graduation projects across different disciplines at NID, besides innumerable classroom projects and many Masters Theses at CEPT University. Shilpa has been the Founding Editor of two prominent publications brought out by the Research and Publications department of NID—The Trellis, a research based publication and a magazine called D/signed. She is also the editor, author and creative visualizer of the book “50 Years of the National Institute of Design: 1961-2011” published in 2013.

She has been involved in various outreach and consultancy projects, notably, a project on strategic behaviour change with respect to persons with disabilities for Handicap International and Department of Health and Family Welfare for the Government of Gujarat; Ananya, a book on Indian women for the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Sanchar Shakti, a book on information communication technology and women’s empowerment for the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India; a Special Cover on NID to commemorate its Golden Jubilee in 2011 with the Department of Posts and Telegraph, Government of India.

For eight years, she along with a colleague collaborated with faculty members from Konstfack University, Sweden and Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship to conduct think tanks on future forecasting. She has been Visiting Faculty at School of Architecture CEPT, Ahmedabad; School of Planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad; School of Interior Design, CEPT Ahmedabad; Centre for Media and Communication, Department of Humanities, CEPT University; Centre for Arts Journalism, CEPT University, Ahmedabad; School of Liberal Studies, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Petroleum University, Gandhinagar; IDC IIT Bombay; D J Academy of Design, Coimbatore; Marist College in New York; HTW Berlin, Germany; Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia; Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, and H.A. College of Commerce, Ahmedabad among others.

She has several published papers in academic and popular journals, magazines, chapters in books, books and school textbooks. She has been editorial consultant to Collins Cobuild Dictionaries, UK, and is on the Board of Advisors to several institutes and universities.

shilpadas[at]nid [dot]edu


  • Discipline Lead, Inter Disciplinary Design Studies
  • Head, Ph.D - Research Programme