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 was the recipient of 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. He recently won the “Beyond the Bauhaus: Prototyping the Future” international award on the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus with his “Moss Table” project.

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 → …

Award Date: 20 Jul 2013

External positions

Visiting Lecturer, University of the Arts London

1 Sep 2010 → …


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