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Dr Marc Fabri


About Dr Marc Fabri

Marc is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Technology and an experienced researcher and innovator. He leads the Enabling Technologies Research Group which brings together researchers from digital health & well-being, participatory design, computing and user experience design.

Marc leads the £360k Erasmus-funded IMAGE project which aims to improve employability for university graduates on the autism spectrum (2018-2021).

Previously he was Principal Investigator for the £300k EU-funded Autism&Uni project (www.autism-uni.org) and continues to develop the project outputs, working closely with universities across the UK to help them support autistic undergraduate students during their transition into HE. Marc also runs Leeds Behaviour Lab (www.leedsbehaviourlab.org), a group that is interested in designing technology to facilitate positive behaviour change.

Marc advises the UK Government’s Student Loans Company on issues related to assistive technology and disability support for autistic students. He is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Human Computer Interaction and for the Autism in Adulthood Journal. In 2018 he guest edited an IJHCI special issue on “Designing with and for users on the autism spectrum”. Marc is also a regular programme committee member for the British HCI conference and the DUXU conference series.

Current Teaching

Marc teaches modules on the BSc Creative Media Technology and the BSc Computing courses:

  • Web development
  • Responsive web design
  • Mobile app development
  • Design thinking
  • Creative industry practice
  • Individual and group projects

Research Interests

Marc's research is centred around participatory design methods, applied to the field of assistive and enabling technologies to help people lead healthier and happier lives. He uses Design Thinking methods to develop ideas that bring about positive change and innovation.

Marc has published on design methodology, the use of technology for positive behaviour change, barriers and enablers for autistic HE students, and the technology preferences of autistic people.

In 2016 he published a set of Best Practice Guides to support HE students on the autism spectrum, which are available in 7 languages and used widely across European universities.

Marc currently supports a number of UK universities with adopting the Autism&Uni toolkit, a self-help resource autistic students can use to manage the often difficult transition into higher education.

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