School of Creative Technologies


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Dr Peter Howell

  • Qualifications: PhD
  • 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 Lecturer in Computer Games Design in the School of Creative Technologies at the University of Portsmouth. Prior to my current role, I have taught Games Design and Development at both Further and Higher Education level, focusing primarily on game design, 3D asset creation, gameplay scripting and academic games research. I have design and development experience in the UK games industry, including in my role as Co-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 am a researcher in the Advanced Games Research Group in the school, currently continuing my research into Disruptive Game Design and, jointly with other games course team members, developing research-driven commercial game products.
More information can be found at my official website.

Teaching Responsibilities


  • Researcher in the Advanced Games Research Group
  • Creative Technologies Enrichment Events Coordinator


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

Explore my research profile, publications and activities on the Portsmouth Research Portal

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