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Associate Professor Marianella Chamorro-Koc
Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Industrial Design
Discipline *
Design Practice and Management
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts (Ohio State University)

Professional memberships
and associations

Professional and Group Associations

  • QUT Design Lab
  • PAS Lab Research Group
  • Diseño@QUT Special Research Interest Group
  • Design Institute of Australia (DIA) member (since 2008)
  • Design Research Society (DRS) member (since 2006)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee, invited as expert member to the ISO TC 159 SW4 Working Group (1999-2003)

design for health, engagement with self-health tech, experiential knowledge, people's mobility, product design, community engagement with technology, context of use, experience design

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


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Marianella Chamorro-Koc BA (PUCP, Peru), MA (OSU, U.S.A.), PhD (QUT, Australia), is Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Driven to enhance people’s interactions with technologies, her work as a design lecturer and researcher focuses on Design for Health. This area comprises research for the design of personal  health technologies (e.g. self-health trackers) and interactive sports gear. Marianella leads the QUT Design Lab Program of Design for Health and Wellbeing – a Tier 2 research lab-, she is co-founder of Diseño@QUT Special Interest group, and is a member of Design Research Society (DRS).


AsPro Chamorro-Koc’s areas of research interests are:

  • Design for Health
  • Self service technologies for self-health
  • People’s mobility in Disability
  • Experiential Knowledge, Context-of-Use, and Usability
  • Community/people engagement with technology
  • Interactive product design
  • Design process

Career history

  • 2018 – to date: School of Design Ethics Advisor (SREA) and Program Leader of Designing for Health at QUT Design Lab
  • 2007 – to date: Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty QUT
  • 2003-2007: Sessional Lecturer in Industrial Design, School of Design, Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, QUT
  • 2000-2003: Expert contributor representing Peru: International Standard Organisation (ISO) – Working group TC159/SC4/WG11 for ISO/CD TS 20282-3 and ISO/IEC 250
  • 1997-2003: Industrial Design Head of Discipline and Lecturer, Faculty of Art, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Lima,Peru)
  • 1995: Fulbright Scholar at Ohio State University (U.S.A.)
  • 1991-1995: Industrial Design practice (Lima, Peru)
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Marianella Chamorro-Koc.


As a Design educator, Dr Chamorro-Koc’s teaching areas focus on user research methods, design process, user product interface design, human factors and usability. Dr Chamorro-Koc’s main areas of teaching are:

  • Industrial Design Studio
  • Immersive teaching experience
  • Interactive product design
  • User-centered design and product usability
  • Design for viable manufacturing
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Marianella Chamorro-Koc.


Interests and Community Service

  • Recipient of National Competitive Research Grant: Linkage project Seamless Journeys to Work for Young People with Disabilities
  • Assessor for ARC Discovery grant scheme
  • Reviewer of Q1 Journal: Applied Ergonomics
  • Reviewer for Design Research Society international conferences: DRS and IASDR
  • Keynote speaker and Visiting Fellow: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (Peru), Universidad El Bosque (Colombia), THI Ingolstadt University (Germany)


This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Marianella Chamorro-Koc.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
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Assessor, Examiner or Supervisor Role
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Reviewer for ARC DISCOVERY grant schemes. From 2016 to date.
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
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Keynote Speech at EL BOSQUE University in Bogota (Colombia) Title of the keynote speech: Research in the Creative Industries - QUT CIF experience 28th September 2016
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
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Invited by THI Ingolstadt University for a 2week visit to their UXD Discipline of their Electronic Engineer. The visit focused on collaborating on a students' project, shared by QUT and THI students. The project emerges from my current research work on People's Engagement with Technology for their Health and Wellness.
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
I am expert reviewer in Q1 Journals: (i) Applied Ergonomics; (ii) IJD International Journal of Design, (iii) Journal of Engineering Education, (iv) Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing; and (v) International Journal of Computational Intelligence Systems

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Seamless Journeys to Work for Young Adults with Physical Disabilities
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Current supervisions

  • Tuned 'Inside-Out': Mediating engagement experiences with music on-the-go
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rafael Gomez
  • Digitally Crafted Community Futures: A Distributed Approach to Remedial Craft for Community Empowerment
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Glenda Caldwell
  • Design for Wellbeing A psychological Approach to Designing Everyday Objects
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Thea Blackler
  • Emotion in Motion: Bodily Expressions of Emotion |
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rafael Gomez, Dr Jared Donovan

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)