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Carlos Peralta

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Research interests

Carlos Peralta' research interest is on interdisciplinary collaboration -especially between designers and scientists-, design for health, participatory design, and design for society. He is also interested in services design, political design and experience-centred design.

Carlos' professional design experience includes work for industry, design consultancy and design entrepreneurship. He has developed projects on product, exhibition, furniture and interaction design.

His design research interest focuses on the interdisciplinary character of design and the relationship between design and other human areas of knowledge and practice. In the past few years, he has been particularly interested in the collaboration between sciences (social and natural) and design. In particular, during his PhD research, Carlos explored interdisciplinary collaboration between designers and scientists, examining the role that designers may have in linking scientific discovery to technological development and commercialisation. Carlos’ developing research interests include services design and experience-centred design

Carlos undertakes research both at a theoretical and practical level. He has expertise in conducting qualitative research, using case studies and participatory methods. His research output combines peer review publications, books features and authorship, and artefacts. He has an extensive list of esteem indicators, including features in national and international magazines and newspapers, TV appearances, invitations as a speaker in international conferences, and has several nominations and design awards. He recently won the BMJ (British Medical Journal) 2018 award for innovation with the project “A vending machine for the distribution of HIV self-testing kits” in collaboration with clinicians from the BSMS (Brighton and Sussex Medical School) and design partner Dr Liliana Rodriguez.

Born in Colombia, Carlos Peralta graduated in Industrial design in Bogotá and obtained a Master degree in industrial design from Domus Academy in Milan (Italy). He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge from his work investigating collaboration between designers and scientists in the context of scientific research.

He started his academic career working as a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and was course leader and head of the Product Design Department at the Glasgow School of Art. He also leads the European Design Master course at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Madrid and taught at the BA (Hons) Product Design course at (CSM) Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He is also visiting lecturer at the Master of Innovation Management (MIM). His teaching activity centres on the design project, with particular emphasis on design research and process. He has developed expertise leading "live" (with industry and businesses) and social innovation projects. He also supervises PhD students on projects related to interdisciplinary collaboration, participatory design, and design for society.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supporting doctoral students in the areas of interdisciplinary collaboration -especially between designers and scientists-, design for health, participatory design, and design for society. I am also keen on supervising projects on services design, political design and experience-centred design.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

1 Mar 2009 → …

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University of the Arts London

1 Sep 2010 → …

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Research Output 2010 2019

Acceptability and feasibility of using digital vending machines to deliver HIV self-tests to men who have sex with men

Vera, J. H., Soni, S., Pollard, A., Lewellin, C., Peralta, C., Rodriguez, L. & Dean, G., 17 May 2019, In : Sexually Transmitted Infections. p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Steam Bath

Valuing the design process in HIV prevention, diagnosis and stigma

Peralta, C. & Rodriguez, L., 6 Sep 2018, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Design 4Health. Christer, K. & Wolstenholme, D. (eds.). Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Social Media

Collaborative Material Research: Designers and scientists Working with Materials Development

Peralta, C., 2017, Lost in the Wood(s): The New Biomateriality in Finland. Kääriäinen, P. & Tervinen, L. (eds.). 1 ed. Helsinki: Aalto University, Vol. 1. p. 48-55 8 p. 1. (Aalto University Publication Series Crossover; vol. 9).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch


From Product to Service Design: A Thinking Paradigm Shift

Peralta, C. & Rodriguez, L., 16 Dec 2014, In : FORMakademisk. 7, 3, p. 1-27 27 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Paradigm Shift
Systems Thinking
Problem Solving

Collaboration between Designers and Scientists in the Context of Scientific Research

Peralta, C., 20 Jul 2013

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisResearch

research project