Peter James Thomas

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Peter James Thomas
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ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
CitizenshipBritish, Australian
Alma materUniversity of Hull, York St John University, University of Cambridge
Known forHuman-Computer Interaction, Personal Information Management, Ubiquitous Computing, social media, service design, experience design, design thinking, fintech.
Scientific career
FieldsHuman-Computer Interaction, Personal information management, Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile computing
InstitutionsManifesto Group, Brunel University, University of Melbourne, Beijing Normal University, Falmouth University, Newcastle University, The Leasing Foundation, Future Finance Network, The Certified Business Finance Professional Foundation.
Doctoral advisorProfessor Michael Norman
Notable studentsProfessor Robert Macredie
Influencesethnomethodology, conversation analysis
Former Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP)

Peter James Thomas is a British academic and entrepreneur.


Thomas was educated at Mexborough Grammar School, South Yorkshire, York St. John University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Hull. Following a PhD at The University of Hull in the applications of social science to computing, he lectured in Human-Computer Interaction at Brunel University, West London between 1990–1992 and became Professor of Information Management and Director of the Centre for Personal Information Management at the University of the West of England, Bristol in 1993.

During 1999-2000 he was Executive Director of the Interactive Information Institute (III) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, and in 2000-2001 was CTO of Serco's e-Business consulting group, and adviser to Serco Usability (now Serco ExperienceLab).[1] Thomas was founder of the EPSRC-funded Appliance Design Network and chaired the three international Appliance Design (AD) conferences held at HP Labs, Bristol in 2002, 2003 and 2004.[2]

In 2004 he founded the user experience research company CareyThomas in Melbourne, Australia and in 2007 he founded the Manifesto Group which operates in Australia, the UK and the US.

Between 2009-13 he was a Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne, Australia where he taught entrepreneurship in the Department of Information systems,[3]and was visiting Professor at Brunel University, West London in the Department of Information Systems and Brunel Business School and was visiting Professor of practice at Newcastle University.

He is currently visiting professor of Financial Innovation at Falmouth University and Dean for International Partnerships at the International Institute for Big Data in Finance at Beijing Normal University.

Thomas is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Springer research journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.

He is co-founder of The Leasing Foundation, a London-based non-profit organisation that supports the business finance industry. He has chaired the Foundation's five annual conferences in London and Paris, is designer of the Foundation's postgraduate degree in Business Finance Innovation at Falmouth University and lead for the Foundation's industry-wide leadership development programme The Leasing Foundation Future Leaders.

He is currently CEO and Founding Partner of the Future Finance Network, a global community for the future of finance, and CEO of the Certified Business Finance Professional Foundation, a non-profit developing a professional certification framework for the business finance industry.

He is creative director of Medicine Unboxed, a social enterprise that integrates the humanities and medicine.


  • Social and Interactional Dimensions of Human-Computer Interaction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1995. ISBN 052145302X.
  • Personal Information Management: Tools and Techniques for Achieving Professional Effectiveness. New York: NYU Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-8147-2200-8.
  • "Personal and Ubiquitous Computing". Heidelberg: Springer. ISSN 1617-4909.
  • Thomas P; Macredie D (June 2002). "The New Usability". ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction. 9 (2): 69–73. doi:10.1145/513665.513666.


  1. ^ "Serco ExperienceLab". Serco. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  2. ^ "Appliance Design Network". Usability News. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  3. ^ "Department of Information Systems, University of Melbourne". University of Melbourne. Retrieved 2010-12-09.