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Professor of Animal-Computer Interaction, The Open University

Clara Mancini, PhD, is Full Professor of Animal-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing and Communications at The Open University, UK, and founding head of the University’s Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) Laboratory. Her work investigates the interaction between animals and technology; and the nexus between technology, animal wellbeing and justice, and human-animal relations. Her research spans the theory, methodology, practice and ethics of designing animal-centred interactive systems for and with animals. Clara has published in the leading peer-reviewed computing, interaction design, animal computer interaction, and animal behaviour and welfare journals and conference proceedings. She has lectured and refereed on ACI research worldwide; and has appeared in national and international media, including print, radio and television. Clara is interested in exploring ACI’s potential to inform equitable and inclusive multispecies ecosystems.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, The Open University