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Dr Vanissa Wanick BA, MBA, PhD, FHEA

Teaching Fellow MA Design Management and Games Design & Art

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Vanissa Wanick is a Teaching Fellow in MA Design Management and Games Design & Art at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

Vanissa Wanick holds a PhD in design from the University of Southampton, MBA in Marketing from University Federal Fluminense (UFF), and a BA in Design at PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Currently, she is teaching fellow at the University of Southampton (Winchester School of Art), teaching and researching games design and innovative applications in user experience design. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Her research interests are multidisciplinary and include cross-cultural Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), games design, creativity and diversity, design innovation, games user research methods, gamification, immersive technologies like Virtual Reality (VR), games for behaviour change and sustainable consumer behaviour across cultures.

Vanissa has more than 10 years of international experience in digital design and user experience design, working as a designer for several companies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Vanissa has also published more than 20 papers in the area of games design, gamification, user interface design, brand experience, VR/AR, cross-cultural design and engagement. She is an active member of the Academy of Design Management Innovation (ADIM) and has collaborated to main conferences in her field such as CHIPlay, ADIM, Graphica and SBGames.

Research interests

Vanissa’s research interests are quite vast and multidisciplinary. These include:

  • Games for change and social good
  • Advergames
  • Gamification and sustainability
  • Cross-cultural Design and consumer behaviour
  • Analysing the impact of technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in education and human behaviour (e.g. rituals, interface design, gestures)
  • Creativity and diversity in Design education
  • Participatory design
  • Experience Design
  • Interface Design
  • Circular Economy, sustainability, creativity and systems thinking
  • Value-sensitive design
  • Design innovation

PhD supervision

Vanissa welcomes PhD enquiries from students and collaborators interested in the area of:

  • Games design and serious games (including accessibility, inclusive games, diversity in games, engagement)
  • Cross-cultural Design and consumer behaviour
  • Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications and Design principles for Education, Creativity and Sustainability
  • Gamification and sustainability
  • Participatory Design games
  • Behaviour change and engagement metrics and implications
  • Multi-sensory experience Design
  • Circular economy and creativity through digital technologies
  • Privacy by Design, value-sensitive design and UX
  • Data visualisation and immersive technologies

Affiliate research group

Serious Gaming Hub

Professional and Academic Skills 1 Tutor/Module Leader

MA Design Management Tutor

UG Games Design & Art Tutor

Dr Vanissa Wanick
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