Austen Rainer

Professor of Software Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast

Austen Rainer is a Professor in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast, and the theme leader for the software engineering research theme. Austen has published on a range of aspects of human-centric software engineering and behavioural software engineering.  His current research and teaching interests include team-based software innovation, the societal and environmental impact of software, and the use of storytelling in software engineering practice and research. Almost all of his research and teaching is conducted in collaboration with non-academic collaborators, e.g., commercial companies, charities, social enterprises and community groups. Austen has worked in universities in England, New Zealand and now Northern Ireland. Whilst in New Zealand he was founding Chair of Software Innovation NZ, the national network for software research. Previous roles include Head of Department and Associate Dean. He also co-facilitates an academic leadership development course, offered through Informatics Europe.

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