Christopher J. Parker received his PhD in Design from Loughborough University Design School after practicing as an architectural lighting designer for flagship retailers, hotels and theme parks around the world. In addition, he has worked as a Senior User Experience (UX) Designer, developing retail apps with an annual revenue in the millions.
Dr Parker is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and lectures in User Experience (UX) Design at Loughborough Design School. He has taught internationally within China and collaborated with the Chinese Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) on redesigning the city experience of Yantai; Shandong Province. He has also designed a large scale art installation for the international passenger arrivals transfer at Beijing's new airport
Dr Parker's recent research and publications focus on the emotional connection between technology and the user. By searching the way we as humans experience the world, we feel powerful yet hard to describe connections that encourage positive engagement behaviours. In recent years, Dr Parker has presented at Design conferences in Canada, China and the UK.