John Morrison

John Morrison

PhD Candidate

John Morrison, PhD Candidate

John Morrison’s practice-based PhD employed Research through Design (RtD) as a mode of trauma-informed inquiry. He is interested in generative design research techniques focusing on co-constructing insights that explore the participatory and agential potential of lens-based technologies. His research led to a role in the Love group for the Scottish Independent Care Review. His collaborative performances at the UK Department of Education and the Scottish Parliament were designed to provoke policy changes in the design and delivery of care service provision.

John is a Lecturer of Digital Media & Interaction Design affiliated with the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University.  He is the co-founder and director of Liminal Studios, a design agency and intersectional collective of artists, researchers, and technologists.  The studio embodies play and creativity through engagement with the arts and immersive technologies. They value creative expression as a fundamental process of transformative change and community cohesion.

John holds postgraduate qualifications in Product Design, Interaction Design and HE Teaching in Blended and Online Learning.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy.

Research areas of interest:

  • Trauma-informed participatory approaches to design and research
  • Applied theatre
  • Digitally mediated generative design research
  • Research through Design
  • Speculative methodologies
  • Extended reality (XR) technologies in sensory ethnography and service design