Marianne Markowski

Marianne Markowski is a Research Fellow in the Department of Family Care and Mental Health at the University of Greenwich.

Marianne recently completed 7 years of PhD research, designing online social interaction for older people at the University of Middlesex. This was preceded by an MA in Design for Interactive Media. Marianne has been a Research Fellow at the University of Greenwich's Centre for Positive Ageing since April 2016.

She is the co-founder of the Affective Experiences Network which specialises in media art, design and research. This was originally an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project for the development of new research skills, led by a consortia of 4 universities in London.

Marianne has worked as a freelance Accessibility and Usability Consultant, as well as a User Experience Design Consultant for over 10 years in various industry sectors including Retail, Telecoms, Government, Banking and Charities.

Previously Held Posts:
  • 2009-2016, PhD, AHRC Funded Studentship, Middlesex University
  • 2007-2009 UX Design Consultant and Account Manager, Webcredible
  • 2005-2007, User Experience Design Consultant, Freelance
  • Supporting the development of the Centre for Positive Ageing
  • Carrying out multidisciplinary, high quality and impactful research
  • Developing research proposals for major funders
  • Developing the Centre's media profile and a schedule of themed talks and workshops with leading researchers.
  • Other key areas of the Centre's current focus includes the organisation of health and social care services; comparisons of older adults' experiences in different countries and among different social groups in the UK; how long-term conditions such as diabetes affect quality of life; older people and the arts and housing for older people.
  • BCS - Special Interest Group Accessibility
  • Design for All Research Group at Middlesex University
  • Design Research Society
  • British Society for Gerontology
  • International Society for Gerontechnology
  • Reviewer for annual conference at Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA London)

Marianne is currently involved in research funded by the Institute of Integrated Care, exploring the use of visual 'personhood boards' in care homes and specialising in dementia care with staff, residents and family members.

Scholarly interests include the co-design processes, digital arts, older people and technology, plus older people and the arts. 

In addition Marianne has a particular interest in affective experiences and organization and delivery of person-centred care.

Funded research projects

2016 Institute of Integrated Care: Exploring Visualization of Personhood on Pin Boards within Care Homes specialising in Dementia Care.