Dr Marc Fabri

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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 two Erasmus+ funded multi-national projects:

  1. IMAGE which aims to improve employability for university graduates on the autism spectrum (2018-2021, £360k grant)
  2. PICAP which aims to help young people from marginalised groups with making informed choices around the time they finish compulsory education - essentially reducing early school leaving (2019-2022, £360k grant). PICAP is a collaboration with the Leeds Beckett Carnegie School of Education and the Co-PI is Dr Mhairi Beaton.

Previously he was Principal Investigator for the £300k EU-funded Autism&Uni project. Marc continues to develop the project outputs, working closely with universities across the UK and Ireland to help them support autistic undergraduate students during their transition into HE.

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, the Journal for Enabling Technologies 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, MSc Creative Technology and BSc Computing courses:

  • Research methods
  • Design thinking
  • Web development
  • Responsive web design
  • 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.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (4)

Chapters (1)

  • Fabri M; Andrews P (2019) Autism Spectrum Condition. In: Krcmář K The Inclusivity Gap. Aberdeen, UK: Inspired By Learning, pp. 98-108.

Conference proceedings (6)

  • Satterfield D; Fabri M (2017) User participatory methods for inclusive design and research in autism: A case study in teaching UX design. In: DUXU 2017 Vancouver, Canada 09/07/2017 00:00:00. : Springer, pp. 186-197.
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  • Fabri M; Andrews PCS (2016) Human-Centered Design with Autistic University Students: Interface, Interaction and Information Preferences. In: Human-Computer Interaction International 2016 Toronto, Canada 17/07/2016 00:00:00. : Springer Verlag (Germany), pp. 157-166.
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  • Fabri M (2015) Thinking with a New Purpose: Lessons Learned from Teaching Design Thinking Skills to Creative Technology Students. In: DUXU 2015 Los Angeles, US 02/08/2015 00:00:00. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing Switzerland, pp. 32-43.
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  • Doney P; Evans R; Fabri M (2014) Keeping creative writing on track: Co-designing a framework to support behavior change. In: . : Springer, pp. 631-642.
  • Doney P; Evans R; Fabri M (2014) Keeping creative writing on track: Co-designing a framework to support behavior change. In: . : , pp. 631-642.
  • Emma-Ogbangwo C; Cope N; Behringer R; Fabri M (2014) Enhancing User Immersion and Virtual Presence in Interactive Multiuser Virtual Environments through the Development and Integration of a Gesture-Centric Natural User Interface Developed from Existing Virtual Reality Technologies. In: . : , pp. 410-414.
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Newspaper or magazine articles (1)

  • Fabri M (2016) How to help autistic students succeed at university