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Dr Arthi Manohar

Dr Arthi Manohar
Lecturer in Design


Arthi is a design researcher, investigating the relationship between social design and technology. Arthi joined Brunel University in 2018 as a Lecturer in Design. Previous to Brunel, she was a Research Fellow at Northumbria University Newcastle where she explored complex socio-digital problems including designing for trust within TAPESTRY project, funded by the RCUK Digital Economy. She has experience in working across interdisciplinary research groups including Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham and the Innovation School at the Glasgow School of Art.

Arthi’s Doctorate was a part of an EPSRC Digital Economy project ‘Tales of Things and Electronic Memories’ (TOTeM) from University of Dundee’s Socio Digital group. Her research explored the digital impact of technologies such as IoT on communities using Participatory Research Methods and Story Cultures. 

Her research interests include participatory design, co-design, user-centered design and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research and teaching explore the role of human values to change the way we engage with communities to help us be more creative, responsive and reflective by investigating the relationship between the social design and technology.

Arthi is a reviewer for HCI, CSCW, IEEE, interdisciplinary journals and conference series. She is an Associate Chair, Papers for ACM Designing Interaction Systems and also part of the program committee for IndiaHCI 2019. 


Ph.D Digital Product Design – University of Dundee (2017)

M.A. Architecture and Digital Media – University of Westminster (2009)

B.Arch. Architecture – National Institute of Technology, India (2007)

Newest selected publications

Yang, Y., Cooper, D., Collomosse, J., DrĖ˜agan, CC., Manulis, M., Manohar, A., et al. (2019) 'TAPESTRY: A Blockchain based Service for Trusted Interaction Online'. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SERVICES COMPUTING.Open Access Link

Journal article

Yang,, Y., Collomosse, J., Manohar, A., Briggs, J. and Steane, J. (2019) 'TAPESTRY: Visualizing Interwoven Identities for Trust Provenance'.VizSec 2018 - 15th IEEE Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security,. Berlin, Germany. 7 - 22 October. IEEE.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Manohar, AK. (2018) 'Story culture framework: A cross cultural study'.9th Indian Conference on Human Computer Interaction. Bangalore, India. 16 - 18 December. ACM Press. pp. 44 - 52.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Manohar, A. and Briggs, J. (2018) 'Designing In With Black Box Technologies and PD'.Design Research Society 2018. Limerick, Ireland. 25 - 28 June. Design Research Society. pp. 2294 - 2307.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Manohar, A. and Briggs, J. (2018) 'Identity Management in the Age of Blockchain 3.0'.CHI 2018 Workshop on HCI for Blockchain: Studying, Critiquing, Designing and Envisioning Distributed Ledger Technologies.. Montreal, Canada. 21 - 22 April.Open Access Link

Conference paper
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