Community of Interest

Our Community of Interest draws from the local and wider Design Informatics ecosystem, welcoming staff and students from the School of Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art and beyond; individual entrepreneurs, design practitioners, start-up companies and established organisations in the private and public sectors. In fact, anyone with an interest in Design Informatics can join our community, meet our staff and students at our regular events and help us shape the programme and its impacts.
We will be organising and supporting 3-month company placements for our 2-year MSc and MFA postgraduates to work on a project with joint company/academic supervision. Our Community of Interest is the pool from which these companies will be drawn, and members will have the chance to propose projects, work with academics to shape them and then ‘talent spot’ placement candidates from our postgraduate community. We are also keen to organise company-oriented group and individual projects for our 1 and 2 year postgraduates. The Community of Interest will be the hub for creating these projects and and sharing their results.
Our Design Informatics Resident Entrepreneurs will engage with the Community of Interest at exhibition events, looking for anything from feedback on product designs and commercial plans to potential partners, business mentors, market advisors, investors or simply customers. Community of Interest members will have early access to these nascent products and services and the entrepreneurial designers behind them. Join us and see what’s coming. Membership is free, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser and complete the registration form.


Falmouth University
Alan Murray
Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Alan Murray is now Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Falmouth and was previously Head of School, School of Design at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh and co-director of the Centre for Design Informatics. He lived in Amsterdam from 1998–2008 and worked at the Design Academy Eindhoven where he was the coordinator of ‘Man and Leisure’ and Director of the ‘Fun Lab’.

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Chris Barker
Hardware and Software Engineer

Chris Barker is a Hardware and Software Engineer in the Design Informatics research centre. He has worked with Chris Speed at Edinburgh College of Art since graduating with a BSc Digital Art & Technology from Plymouth University. He has recently worked on in the Mr Seel's Garden project and developed the GhostCinema iPhone app.

Pierre Forissier

Pierre Forissier is a qualified registered architect who graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris Belleville in France. After a year study at the Edinburgh College of Art, Pierre returned to Paris to complete his Master thesis based on Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari’s essay A thousand plateaus where he explored generative processes in arts and architecture in particular.

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Dr Siobhan Magee
Research Associate

Siobhan Magee is a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Previously Siobhan was Research Associate in Ethnography on the EPSRC-funded 'Internet of Secondhand Things' Project with the Centre for Design Informatics. She holds an MA in Social Anthropology (University of Edinburgh 2008) and an MSc in Social Research (University of Edinburgh 2009). She was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in 2013.

Royal Bank of Scotland
Duncan Shingleton

Duncan Shingleton is a solutions designer based at RBS. Previous to this he was a  PhD candidate and digital artist based at Edinburgh College of Art. His research is situated in the context of Internet of Things, an emerging phenomenon that creates a link between concrete objects and abstract data, producing a hybrid of physical and electronic spaces that enables communication and interaction between people and things, and things themselves. Duncan's theory and practice explores the attachment of data to objects, and the resulting the role these objects might have in our networks.

University of York
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Dr Debbie Maxwell
Lecturer in Interactive Media

Debbie Maxwell is a Lecturer in Interactive Media in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of York. Debbie was previously a post-doctoral research fellow at ECA, University of Edinburgh, working on the AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub, Design in Action (DiA). The ECA DiA team focussed on the technology sector, exploring in particular how design principles might add economic value to Scotland’s ICT industries. Her research interests are around the ways that people interact with and reshape technology and the roles that storytelling can play across media.

Dr Mariza Dima
Research Associate

Mariza Dima is an interaction designer and reasearcher at Creativeworks London. She works creatively with digital technology and her work focuses on the design and development of interactions using tangible, mobile, and haptic interfaces in a variety of contexts and particularly in performance art, theatre, and cultural heritage. She has a special interest in collaborative design methods (co-design, DIWO) that she researches alongside her practical work.

Institute of Geography & the Lived Environment
Eric Laurier
Senior Lecturer in Geography & Interaction

What continues to motivate my work is the realisation that we miss so much of what is familiar to us because of its very familiarity. The social sciences and the humanities, of which my research is a tiny part, claim to represent and explain society and humanity. The arrogance of this premise, in Stanley Cavell’s terms, is the basis for a collection of studies of practice, and responses to theory, associated with ethnomethodology, actor-network theory and philosophy of ordinary language.

Dr Mark Selby

Mark Selby was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Centre for Design Informatics and is now based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. On the Learning Energy Systems project, he conducted design-led research into possibilities for the co-design and development of energy systems that can better integrate into communities’ complex social and cultural settings. He completed a PhD at Nottingham University’s Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon CDT, and maintains an independent design practice.

Reader Nigel Goddard
Director of Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation

My research focus in the last few years has moved from computational neuroscience and neuroinformatics to the application of machine-learning methods in energy-related areas. I also have a subsidiary interest in developing new approaches to macroeconomics based on accounting of real flows in the economy.
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