Mr John Morrison

Programme Leader & Lecturer

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Research and teaching practice

I am a practitioner and researcher working in the Digital Media and Interaction Design group in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. My research interests are centred on the essential affordances of digital technologies and co-design methods for generating insights into miss-represented groups. 

The basic hypothesis of my PhD is to investigate whether by working together with research participants, building interactive systems can bring into focus unique aspects of a culture, which would otherwise be difficult elicit.

The first phase of this research is concerned with better understanding the real and perceived barriers for participation in higher education among care experienced individuals.

I am the Programme leader of BSc (Hons) Digital Media Global, a degree which has study abroad as an integral part of the experience. I am the student mobility coordinator for the School of Computing and have helped establish international partnerships in Europe, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.

Modules taught


  • 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)


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.


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  • Interaction Design
    Interaction Design is concerned with the design of interactive objects and spaces and with the delivery of high quality user experiences (UX). For example, expressive interaction describes the range of new forms of human-computer interaction that are made available through technologies based on...
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