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Hanan Zakari

Dr Hanan Zakari PhD, MA, BA (Hons)


Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

023 8201 6139 ext. 6139 Room no. JM505


Hanan is an interdisciplinary artist, lecturer and researcher, with interests in art, science, technology and education.

She holds a PhD in Serious Game from the Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow. Her research has investigated the use of video games to desensitise autistic children with auditory hypersensitivity. As outcomes, she has created a mobile game Sinbad and the Magic Cure, a methodological and technical framework inspired on software engineering and graphical design practice. 

Hanan completed her first (Hons) degree with a distinction at the Islamic Arts Education of King Abdulaziz University, KSA, in 2007. During her graduate study, she explored different art techniques and methods in drawing, printmaking, sculpture and textile. She was awarded scholarships from the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program, completing a master's in design innovation at De Montfort University, with additional studies at the University of the Arts, London.

Hanan's artworks have been displayed throughout the UK and Europe, notably Germany and Portugal, and in the Middle East, including the UAE and Saudi Arabia. She has given a number of talks and guest lectures and presented at international conferences.

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Further information

  1. Teaching experience

    Hanan has taught at Solent University since 2018, and at other universities prior to this. Follow the link below for more information.
    • 2018: Visiting lecturer, Approach for the Design and Development of Serious Games for challenging target users: A case study with Autistic Children with audio hypersensitivity, School of Simulation and Visualisation, Glasgow School of Art, UK.
    • 2016-17: Graduate teaching assistant, The History of Islamic Art, School of Simulation and Visualisation, Glasgow School of Art, UK, postgraduate taught students.
    • 2015: Visiting lecturer, Serious Games for Children with ASD, Autism Journal Club, School of Psychology, Glasgow University, UK.
    • 2013: Visiting lecturer, The Art of Arabic Calligraphy and Arabic Typography, Department of Graphic Design and Digital Media, Princess Noura University, Riyadh, KSA.
    • 2007-08: Art technician, Department of Islamic Art Education, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA.
  2. Research interests

    Hanan's research interests lie in interdisciplinary creative practices and research exchanging between the creative arts, psychology, technology and education.

    She is presently undertaking research in the following areas:

    • Video games for therapeutic and educational purposes.
    • Therapeutic potential of commercial video games.
    • Serious games for cultural heritage.
    • Game based interactive media.
    • Serious games for behavioural change.
  3. Recent publications

    Hanan has a number of published works. Follow the link below for a list.

    Zakari, H.M. (2019) A serious game for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Auditory Hypersensitivity, PhD thesis, The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK.

    Zakari, H.M., Poyade, M. and Simmons, D., Sinbad and The Magic Cure: A Serious Game for Children with ADS and Auditory Hypersensitivity. In: Proceedings of the 5th Games and Learning Alliance Conference (Gala 2017), Lisbon, Portugal, December 2017.

    Eszler Biro, Jacqueline Butler, Mirian Calvo, Ines Bento Coelho, Allyson Keehan, Fiona Jane MacLellan, Catherine M Weir, Dawn Worsley, Hanan Makki Zakari, Polina Zioga, Viviana Checchia (2016), Whereabouts you are, (show/exhibition)

    Zakari, H.M, Ma, M. and Simmons M.A, Review of a Serious Game for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In: Proceedings of the 5th Serious Games Development and Applications, Berlin, Germany, October 2014.

  4. Work in progress

    Hanan is currently working on serious game interventions for healthcare.
  5. Awards

    Follow the link below for more information about the awards received by Hanan.
    • 2018: Sustainability in Action Group (SIAG) grant - Grant for a collaborative project, The Space Between Two, part of Last Future Exhibition, Tramway, Glasgow, UK.
    • 2014-18: King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Programme - Scholarship for a PhD study at the Glasgow School of Art, School of Simulation and Visualisation, Glasgow, UK.
    • 2010-12: King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Programme - Scholarship for master's in art at Design Innovation of the De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.