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Research interests

Responsible design;

Designing for inclusion, sustainability and wellbeing;

Design for behaviour change;

Participatory design;

Gender-sensitive design in human computer interaction.


I am a Lecturer in Digital Design at the School of Arts and Creative Technologies, University of York.

I received my Ph.D. degree in design from Loughborough University in 2022. My doctoral research focused on designing for sustainable behaviour in the scenario of in-flight catering services. I collaborated with passengers, design practitioners and two major airlines headquartered in China, to develop and select design interventions towards the effort of reducing airline food waste.

Before joining the University of York, I worked at Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London as a research associate, where I worked closely with technology designers from a multinational consumer technology company and co-developed a Design for Digital Wellbeing Toolkit with the research team. The aim of the project was identifying design opportunities for technology products that prioritise digital wellbeing and mitigate potential harm for technology users.

I am the co-investigator on several research grants, such as AHRC-funded SEED mini grant (£3000) by UK-China creative industries research and innovation hub in 2023 and secured a funded research project (equivalent to£9000) from the Ministry of Education of China in 2021. I was an awardee of Loughborough University Open Research Collective Grants in 2022.

I am a member of the youth editorial board of Advanced Design Research and the DRS2024 International Review Committee.

I am a reviewer for the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and CHI 2024 Late-Breaking Work.

Employment History

Research Associate in Human-computer Interaction Design, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London 2022.9-2023.12

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Design, Loughborough University

1 Oct 201816 Dec 2022

Award Date: 16 Dec 2022

Masters, Systemic Design, Politecnico di Torino

1 Oct 201625 Jul 2019

Award Date: 25 Jul 2019

Masters, Interaction Design, Tongji University

1 Sept 201530 Jun 2018

Award Date: 30 Jun 2018

BSc, Applied Psychology, East China Normal University

1 Sept 20111 Jul 2015

Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

BA, Product Design, East China Normal University

1 Sept 20111 Jul 2015

Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

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