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Dorian Peters

Associate Director | Senior Research Fellow


As Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow, Dorian applies multidisciplinary expertise in technology research and design to the development and enhancement of CFI's research projects, centre-wide initiatives, communications, and strategy. She is also Deputy Chair of the CFI Strategy Group and Postdoctoral Affiliate at Trinity College, Cambridge.

Dorian is a designer, design researcher and author who specialises in design for health and wellbeing, design for learning, and digital ethics in practice. She coordinated the launch of the Centre's Master of Studies in AI Ethics and Society and is on the editorial board of the journal AI & Ethics.  She is also a Research Associate at the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London where she works with stakeholders to design technologies for physical and psychological health.

Her books include Positive Computing: Technology for Wellbeing and Human Potential (MIT Press), and Interface Design for Learning: Design Strategies for Learning Experiences (Pearson). With over 20 years’ experience in technology design, she works together with users, engineers, and social scientists to co-create human-centred, context-sensitive and research-driven technologies in ways that respect psychological needs.  She has also done work for non-profit and corporate institutions including Movember Foundation, IESO Digital Health, Google, Sony and Phillips.

She received her PhD in Design from the University of Sydney and Bachelor's from Carnegie Mellon. Her research in human-computer interaction includes development of the METUX model for evaluating the wellbeing impact of technologies within six spheres of human experience. Sitting squarely at the intersection of technology and the humanities, she often fulfils the role of cross-disciplinary bridge, helping colleagues in disparate fields work together through shared language and tools. She also acts as a bridge between research and practice by translating academic discoveries into actionable knowledge for professionals.


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