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Dr Bruna Petreca is the Research Fellow in Human Experience & Materials at the Royal College of Art’s Materials Science Research Centre. She investigates how to support people in exploring and expressing the multisensory aspects of materials experience, in physical and digital environments.

Through her PhD, awarded by the RCA in 2017, Bruna revealed tacit and embodied processes in textiles selection that informed the design of a toolkit to support designers in exploring and articulating textiles experiences. At the MSRC, she integrates human experience into areas where materials development is increasingly important: circular economy, on-site / on-demand manufacture, digital environments, and health and wellbeing.

She leads the Consumer Experience strand of the UKRI Interdisciplinary Textiles Circularity Centre, designing methods, tools, and experiences to stimulate acceptance of emergent textiles and promote more sustainable consumption.

Her research is published in leading journals and presented at prestigious conferences in the fields of design and HCI. She has delivered workshops and lectures in diverse institutions: University College London, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts Bremen, Delft University of Technology, Design Academy Eindhoven, University of São Paulo and Belas Artes University. Bruna is a practitioner and teacher of the Micro-Phenomenology Interview Method.

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