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 for co-constructing perceptual insights on ways of knowing the participatory and agential affordances 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 and Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University. He is the co-founder and director of Liminal Studios, a collective of artists, researchers, and technologists passionate about participatory digital storytelling toward community cohesion. 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 aim to provide care experienced individuals with creative employment opportunities.
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.
- Extended reality (XR) technologies in sensory ethnography and service design