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Dr Peter Howell

  • Qualifications: PhD, BSc Hons, PGCert, FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5925
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  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I am a Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Design in the School of Creative Technologies at the University of Portsmouth. I teach prototyping and design for digital and non-digital games and 3D modelling, as well as game studies and psychological theory for game design. Prior to my current role, I have taught game design and development at both Further and Higher Education level across a range of different game platforms and technologies. I also have design and development experience in the UK games industry, including my role as Game Designer at The Chinese Room.

I completed my PhD in 2015, with my thesis focusing on Disruptive Game Design - an approach to game design that aims to subvert 'typical' game rules and associated player expectations of how games 'should' work. I now lead the Advanced Games Research Group (AGRG) within the school which is currently engaged in multiple projects, developing research-driven commercial game products in areas including disruptive game design, narrative design, ambient games, and playful prototyping. Additionally, I serve on the Editorial Board for The Computer Games Journal (TCGJ) and peer review for Games & Culture Journal and for McFarland.

More information can be found at my official website.

Teaching Responsibilities


  • Head of the Advanced Games Research Group (AGRG)
  • Creative Technologies Enrichment Events Coordinator
  • Deputy Admissions Tutor


Level 5
  • Prototyping and Iterating Game Designs
Level 6
  • Games Research
  • Psychological Theory for Game Designers


My research focus is Game Design and specifically, Disruptive Game Design and the subversion of player expectations during gameplay. This research is currently being developed in different areas, including digital and non-digital games for entertainment, as well as in games for educational use.

In addition to my main research focus. I am also engaged with ongoing work with local historical and archaeological researchers and institutes, including Portsmouth's Mary Rose Museum. This work combines traditional archaeological methods with cutting edge digital techniques, such as laser scanning and digital reconstruction of artefacts.


Research profile

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