Associate Professor Marianella Chamorro-Koc

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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Arts (Ohio State University)

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Marianella Chamorro-Koc BA (PUCP, Peru), MA (OSU, U.S.A.), PhD (QUT, Australia), is Associate Professor in Industrial Design at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Her research explores people’s interactions and engagement with technologies as part of the emerging technological shift to person-centred digital solutions. Her transdisciplinary applied research is and demonstrated in proof-of-concept prototypes of health-tech devices for people’s self-management of their health. She is a Scholar in Design for Health, advancing self-health technology innovations and championing viable local manufacturing transformation. Her research is particularly significant in the context of Design for Health 4.0 and SME’s competitiveness in health innovation. 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
  • Person-centred health tech devices
  • Human mobility and Disability
  • Human Centred Design and Experience Design
  • Novice-Expert Knowledge, Context-of-Use, and Usability
  • Community/people engagement with technology
  • Transformative Service Design for Wellbeing
  • Interactive product design
  • Design process

Career history

  • 2020 – to date: Acting Higher Degree Research Coordinator for School of Design (HDRTRC), Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice Faculty
  • 2019 – to date: Associate Professor in Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty
  • 2018 – 2020: School of Design Ethics Advisor (SREA) and Program Leader of Designing for Health at QUT Design Lab
  • 2012 – 2019: Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty QUT
  • 2013 – 2015: Post-graduate Coordinator for Industrial Design, School of Design
  • 2010 – 2013: Subject Area Coordinator Industrial Design, School of Design
  • 2007 – 2012: 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)

Additional information

Interests and Community Service

  • Educational Advisor for the BCC Lord Mayor (Brisbane Transportation Implementation plans – accessibility)
  • Educational Advisor for QMI and the QLD Government (Design led Advanced Manufacturing Strategy for Qld)
  • 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 Journals
  • 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)


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