Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Auckland

Dr D Paul Ralph is an award-winning scientist, author and consultant, a senior lecturer in computer science at The University of Auckland and a visiting assistant professor of management at the University of British Columbia.

His research centers on the empirical study of software and game development, including projects, processes, practices, tools and developer cognition, socialisation, productivity, creativity, wellbeing and effectiveness.

Dr Ralph’s research has been published in premier software engineering and information systems outlets including the International Conference on Software Engineering, the International Conference on Information Systems, the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and Information and Software Technology.

Additionally, he has written editorials on technology, education and design for influential outlets including Business Insider, Lifehacker and The Conversation.

Dr Ralph is the founding director of the Auckland Game Lab, co-founder of the AIS Special Interest Group for Game Design and Research (SIGGAME) and a member of the IEEE Technical Council on Software Engineering and ACM Special Interest Group on Software Engineering. 

Previously, he was a lecturer at the Lancaster University Management School, the highest rated management research institution in the United Kingdom.

He holds a PhD in Management from the University of British Columbia.


  • 2014–present
    Lecturer in Computer Science, University of Auckland
  • 2010–2014
    Lecturer in Information Systems, Lancaster University


  • 2010 
    University of British Columbia, PhD


Canadian Graduate Scholar; Governor General's Academic Medal