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Dr Larissa Pschetz

Lecturer in Design

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Research Interests

My research is in Interaction Design and related areas of Human Computer-Interaction, Social Sciences and Humanities. My work is centred on the design of physical-digital artefacts that enable people to engage with speculative scenarios or complex issues such as implications of autonomous systems. I am particularly interested in socio-technological narratives and how they can influence and be shaped by design practice. I'm currently focused on 3 areas of research:

Inclusive IoT: how Internet of Things systems can be designed to better integrate groups that are at the periphery of dominant narratives of technological development. Recent projects include Bitbarista, the Autonomous Energy Devices (Gigbliss Hairdryers and Karma Kettles) and CariCrop. 

Temporal Design: as an attempt to look at time as emerging out of relations between cultural, social, economic and political forces. The concept was the basis of my PhD, and is discussed in subsequent publications at InteractionsDRS2016 proceedings and Design Studies.

Biodesign: how the consideration of biological systems can expand our understanding of artefacts, systems and social relationships.


Administrative Roles

Programme Director of Product Design BA (Hons)

Research outputs

  1. Designing New Socio-Economic Imaginaries

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. PaxVis: Visualizing Peace Agreements

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Research activities & awards

  1. The Role of Speculative Design in Policy Debates

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Design of Interactive Systems (DIS 2020) (Event)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

  3. Goethe: Artificial Intelligence Autumn Session

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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Latest prizes

  1. Honourable Mention for Best Paper Award at CHI 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Biodesign Challenge Award

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  3. Honourable mention for best paper award at CHI 2019

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