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Dr Lisa Bowers

Dr Lisa Bowers

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Professional biography

As an innovation-driven academic and TEL researcher, I have over 16 years of experience of practice and teaching in HE institutes in England and Ireland. Drawing on my experience as a Senior Fellow of the HEA and as chair of the Open University E&I Design exam board, I have experience in policymaking, degree program authorship, and leading academic and professional design staff. Additionally, I maintain a high level of quality as the chair of a 'learning inclusive' formative and summative assessment module.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the intersection of three fields; HCI, Inclusive design, Touch-led technologies. All these three fields come together into explorations of human interactions with touch-led computing for sight-impaired artisans, i.e. creation and development of systems that go beyond sight and reach into the surface recognition and interpretation of human touch within virtual worlds.  The promise of touch and sound augmented interactions is to deliver natural and efficient human-computer immersive interaction and to augment human-human contact through shared objects.

Achievements include internationally recognized status as an international research fellow in future technologies with Shanghai Open University (Shanghai). 


Creative haptics: an evaluation of a haptic tool for non-sighted and visually impaired design students, studying at a distance (2021)
Bowers, Lisa and Hayle, Ryan
British Journal of Visual Impairment ((Early Access))

Touching creativity; a review and early pilot test of haptic tooling to support design practice, within a distance learning curriculum (2019)
Bowers, Lisa Jane
Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 34(1) (pp. 6-18)