Dr Phil Carter

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Senior Lecturer

Phone: 09 921 9999 x 5300

Email: phil.carter@aut.ac.nz


BA (Hons) in Computer Science
PhD in Information Systems

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Member of the Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association


Dr Philip Carter’s research has been inspired and provoked by the application of dramatic sensibilities and skills to computer usability, computer consciousness, the emerging story of the computer, avatars and the development of cooperative learning communities. The fusion of psychodramatic theory and practice with computing continues to be fruitful and stimulating.

Teaching Areas:

  • Research Methods in the Master of Computer & Information Sciences
  • User Centred Design in the Master of Computer & Information Sciences

Research Summary:

  • Usability
  • Knowledge Elicitation
  • Psychodrama
  • Spontaneity

Current Research Projects:

  • Usability Practice and Theory
  • User-Centred Design
  • Psychodrama and Action Methods
  • Projected Identity and Avatars
  • Machine Consciousness and the Philosophy of Technology
  • Cooperative Learning Communities


  • New Economic Research Fund, $500,000. One of six key project personnel from AUT and University of Waikato. The application of large interface display surfaces.
  • Community Sector Research Fund: NZ Lottery Grants Board. $60,000.  Research Partner. Evaluation of the processes and effectiveness of the work done by Essentially Men Education Trust.
  • Innovative Technology Grant, AUT. $9,000. Principal applicant. Development of a computer-based tutorial for database design.


  1. Carter, P. D. (2011). The dramatic heart of the psychodramatic method. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 38, 290-297.
  2. Carter, P. D. (2010). The emerging story of the machine. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 6(2), 1-12.
  3. Carter, P. D. (2010). Using action methods in post-graduate supervision. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 11(1). Retrieved [Feb 7, 2010] from http://www.ijea.org/v11n1/.
  4. Carter, P. D. (2009). The drama is always right in front of you: Sociodrama for the development of social insight and action. Qualitative Inquiry, 15, 1480-1497.
  5. Carter, P. (2007). Experiential group learning for developing competencies in usability practice. In G. Lowry & R. Turner (eds.) Systems and Technology Education: From the University to the Workplace. London: IDI Group Publishing.
  6. Carter, P. (2007). Liberating usability testing. Interactions, 14(2), 18-22.
  7. Carter, P. (2005). Spontaneity made explicit. The Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal, 14, 61-69.
  8. Clayton, G. M. & Carter, P. D. (2004). The Living Spirit of the Psychodramatic Method. Resource Books: Auckland.
  9. Carter, P. D. (2002). Building Purposeful Action: Action Methods and Action Research. Educational Action Research: An International Journal, 10 (2), pp. 207-232.
  10. Carter, P. D. (2002). Self-employed and small business computer users: Challenges and directions for progress. In G. Dhillon (ed.) Social Responsibility in the Information Age: Issues and Controversies, 216-238, London: Idea Group Publishing.
  11. Carter, P. D., Patrick, J. D., & Deane, F. P. (2001). EXCOVE and using videos in knowledge elicitation. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 54 (3), 301-317.