Dr Gabriella Spinelli

PhD, Laurea cum laude

Reader in Design Innovation
Department of Design, College of Engineering,
Design and Physical Sciences

Brunel University
Research Expertise
Human-centred Design, Innovation, Consumer Studies, Ageing
Gabriella’s research interests have attracted external funds from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the National Police Improvements Agency (NPIA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI The DAIWA foundation).
She has 15 years experience in designing interaction, technologies and communication, starting from the users. Her recent research interests locate Gabriella’s expertise at the interface between design and consumer studies where most of her work now resides. 
Prior to her doctoral studies Gabriella worked at the research centre of Domus Academy (Italy), the Human Factors and Ergonomic Lab at Eastman Kodak (NY) and the Appliance studio (UK). Throughout her academic career Gabriella has received considerable research funds to apply user-centred approaches to product/service/system design and commercialisation. She is interested in inclusive design as a pathway to innovate design strategies and on the effects of ageing on identity and on decision-making. She continues her work as consultant to make her research socially and commercially relevant. She has been a consultant for Age UK, The Royal National Institute for the Blind, Panasonic, Homebase, NDS systems. She has spent her graduate placement during her PhD at IDEO.
Gabriella is a visiting scholar at the Helen Hamlyn centre, RCA, London. She has also collaborated with the Innovation lab at Tokyo University, Japan.
Industry Experience
  • Eastman Kodak
  • NDS
  • Panasonic
  • Homebase
  • Age
  • RNIB
  • RAI
  • Norwegian Design Council