Paul Coulton

Prof. Paul Coulton


Paul is the Chair of Speculative and Game Design at Lancaster University. His research draws upon the practice of world-building from games design to create hypothetical extrapolations of the development of emerging technologies with a consideration of the cultural landscape into which they may be deployed. The often familiar and engaging nature of the designed outputs is intended to facilitate discourse with a broad audience on these speculative future products, systems and services in order to reflect upon their impact a specific technology may have on our everyday lives. This activity is embodied primarily as ‘research through design’ and, in particular, design theories developed through the speculative design of novel, hybrid, physical/digital interactive games, playful experiences, and artefacts. His current research focuses on Design Fiction as a way of exploring digital futures for areas such as the Internet of Things and Digital Empathy