We are an Engineer and Designer working in partnership to advance both ethical practice and design for wellbeing in technology. Our vision is of a future in which all digital experience contributes to the flourishing of individuals, communities and our world.  Learn more about our research and practice in the publications below (or join us at the next CHI).

Rafael Calvo
Professor of Software Engineering
Imperial College London;
University of Sydney

Dorian Peters
Interaction Designer and Design Researcher
Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence,
University of Cambridge;
Design Lab, University of Sydney

Philosophy, ethics and design for wellbeing

Designing for wellbeing is inescapably linked to questions of ethics and philosophy. We write about ethics-related technology issues on Medium:

A few research publications 

These are a few of our publications related to wellbeing-supportive design.
For full lists of publications see:  Rafael's publications and Dorian's Publications, and we also maintain a collection of papers on HCI for Wellbeing at Mendeley.
  • Designing for Motivation, Engagement, and Thriving in Digital Experience. D. Peters, R.A. Calvo, R. M. Ryan. Frontiers in Psychology9(MAY).
  • Positive Computing R.A. Calvo and D. Peters. MIT Press. 
  •  D. Peters, RA Calvo (2014) “Compassion v. empathy: Designing for resilience.” ACM Interactions. September – October pp 48-53. [PDF]
  • RA Calvo, D. Peters, D. Johnson, Y. Rogers "Autonomy in Technology Design" CHI'14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, 2014 [Prepub PDF]
  • RA Calvo, D. Peters (2013) "Promoting psychological wellbeing: loftier goals for new technologiesIEEE Technology and Society, December vol 32, 4. 
  • RA Calvo, D. Vella-Brodrick, P. Desmet & RM Ryan. “Positive Computing: A new partnership between psychology, social sciences and technologists” Psychology of Well-being, 2016, 6 (5) 
  • Oxford Handbook on Affective Computing: R.A. Calvo, S.K. D'Mello, J. Gratch and A. Kappas (Eds). Handbook of Affective Computing. Oxford University Press. 2014.  

Recent Projects

Until 2018, we ran the Wellbeing Technology Lab (previously the Positive Computing Lab) at the University of Sydney (see the feature in Interactions Magazine) with collaborators at the Black Dog InstituteBrain and Mind CentreCambridge Wellbeing InstituteChangineersCharles Perkins CentreMicrosoft Research, ReachOutTobiasUCL Interaction Centre and many others.

Our basic principles for practice

  • Do no harm
  • Support Psychological Needs (Autonomy, Competence, Relatedness)
  • Co-design (Involve and empower users in the process early)
  • Give back (Reciprocal partnerships)
  • Don’t do it alone (interdisciplinary collaborations)
  • Adhere to Design Research Ethics