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Biography John'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.
Research Interests 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
Teaching and Learning John is a Lecturer of Digital Media & Interaction Design affiliated with the Centre for Social Informatics, Centre for Higher Education Research and Centre for Creative Practice.

While championing international collaborations, John has established partnerships in Europe, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.


PhD student, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh (2015-present).
PgCert Blended and Online Education, Edinburgh Napier (2014).
MSc Interactive Media, Edinburgh Napier (2013).
PgDip Product Design, GCAL (2005).
BA (hons) Visual Communication; Photography, Edinburgh College of Art (2001).Professional organisations / Awards

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).Observer Hodge Award (digital)Experience
Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University, I worked for Stills, one of Scotland’s leading centres for research, production and the exhibition of contemporary art, inspired by existing and emerging technologies.
My public engagement role at Stills included working on Scottish Arts Council funded projects, which aimed to break down barriers for participation in the arts among marginalised groups. These included participatory engagement methods, sensory ethnography and digital literacy.
My creative practice was represented by Eystorm-Britart with exhibitions in Edinburgh and London.