Understanding life, promoting well-being and increasing societal impact through research into the fundamentals of experience.


To foster cross-disciplinary collaboration around experiences to create scientific and societal impact.

Executive Committee

The members of the Executive Committee of Experience Research Society come from five continents and various disciplines.

Name Experience research topics Affiliation, Country
Brian Hill (Chair) Face to face experience design, Flourishing through experiences Brigham Young University, UT USA
Virpi Roto (Vice Chair) Experience design, User experience, Employee experience Aalto University, Finland
Bianca Frost (Secretary) Meaningful consumption experiences and experience design University of Pretoria, South Africa
Markus Ahola (Treasurer) User-centred design, Experience design LAB University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Jarkko Toikkanen (Head of Strategy) Intermedial experience, Concept of experience, Experience in literary and cultural studies University of Oulu, Finland
Haian Xue (Head of Membership) Design for experience and wellbeing Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Sanika Inamdar (Head of Communications) Experiencing Built and Natural Environments, Environmental Psychology, Multi-sensory Experience, User Experience Pune University, India
Licia Calvi (Head of Events) Experience design, Museum experience design, Storytelling Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Barbara Neuhofer (Head of Publishing) Transformative experiences, Tourist experiences, Experience design Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Gary David Experience design, Customer experience, Employee experience, User experience Bentley University, Waltham, MA USA
Ceyda Berk-Söderblom Art practitioner, Cultural experience, Artistic experience, Lived experience MiklagardArts, Finland
Mat Duerden Conceptualizing and measuring memorable, meaningful, and transformative experiences. Experience Design. Transformative learning experiences. Brigham Young University, UT USA
Gioia Laura Iannilli Aesthetics, Experience Design, Everyday Aesthetics, Problem Solving-Problem Setting University of Bologna/ Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Antony William Joseph User Experience, Human-Centred Design, Usability research, Eye-tracking Aalto University, Finland
Anita Kocsis Design for experience, User/ visitor experience Design Factory Melbourne, Swinbure University, Australia
Michael Lai Customer Experience, Employee Experience, Experience Design, Psychology of experience, User Experience, UX design X Thinking Institute, TANG Consulting, Tongji University, China
Yichen Lu Customer Experience, Employee Experience, Experience Design, Future Experience, Psychology of Experience, User Experience, UX design Assistant Professor, School of Design, Jiangnan University, Wuxi City, China
Harsh Manrao Experience Design, Facility & Architecture Experience, Future Experience, Learning Experience, Patient & Health Experience, Psychology of Experience figments EXPERIENCE LAB, India
Donald McLean Experience design ethics Western Illinois University, IL USA
Ines Montalvao Arts and Culture, Audience Experience, Community Experience, Experience Design, Immersive Experience, Learning Experience, User Experience Independent consultant, Finland
Johanna Silvennoinen Predictability of experience design, Psychology of aesthetics, Affective technologies University of Jyväskylä, MA Finland
James Wallman Experience & time design World Experience Organization, UK
Ye Zhang Transformative experience design for Tourism and Hospitality Customers and Employees, Positive-psychology-based experience research, Service experience management Florida Atlantic University, FL USA

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