Professor Richard Harper


Research Overview

Originally trained as a sociologist but now a computer scientist, Richard is concerned with how new technologies shape us and how we in turn shape our technologies - in the space that is often known as Human Computer Interaction or HCI. He has written 13 books, including the IEEE award winning "The Myth of the Paperless Office"; “Texture”, (the A.o.I.R. book of the year 2011); and “Choice” (2016). The latter examines everyday choice-making activities and considers these in light of scientific theories about the mechanics of the ‘mind’. His scientific articles cover a wide range of topics, from the social impact and design of mobile phones, to the future of search engines, to the latest incarnation of artificial intelligence.

Prior to becoming Co-Director of the Institute for Social Futures at the University, (where he is also Professor of Computer Science and Communication),he ;led research groups at Xerox (Euro) Parc and Microsoft, and was the director and founder of The Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey. He is a Fellow of the IET and of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2014, the ACM elected him Fellow of its Academy in honour of leadership in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. He is also a Visiting Professor in the College of Science at the University of Swansea, Wales.

  • Institute for Social Futures - Leadership Team
  • ISF Directors
  • Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre
  • MSF Leads
  • SCC (Pervasive Systems)
  • Society and Human Behaviour