Fall 2020 Guidance
In response to COVID-19, university courses and operations remain predominantly online for fall.

Mariana Funes

Adjunct Faculty, Mindfulness Studies


Since reading ‘Memories, dreams, and reflections’ by C.G Jung in my teens, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to the study of mind. A first degree in Psychology from Warwick University followed by an M.Sc. in Intelligent Systems, and a PhD Knowledge Acquisition for Expert Systems have given me a sound base for a long career as an Executive Cognitive Coach. I am an author, a chartered research psychologist, and a fellow at the Royal Society of Arts.

I have always tried to push the boundaries of conventional wisdom in business: highlighting the human side of knowledge management in my first book, using laughter as a tool for creative living in my second and now challenging clock time as a time management technique in ‘Lived time’, my latest book.

As a result of writing and applying the techniques in ‘Lived Time,' I find myself leading a contemplative life whilst I continue to write, run my cognitive coaching practice and teach online. I completed a supervised 3 year and 1 month part time retreat in the Thai Theravada Buddhist Tradition, to support a contemplative life in a hectic world. I am interested in the intersection of contemplation and information technology.

My previous books include: ‘Honing your knowledge skills’ and ‘Laughing Matters: How to live creatively with laughter.'

These days I feel at ease with life and have all the time in the world to do what I love – be of service to others and walk my dog Colin, a little Jack Russell that has changed my life.


Bell, F., Mackness, J., & Funes, M. (2016). Participant association and emergent curriculum in a MOOC: can the community be the curriculum?. Research in Learning Technology, 24.

Mackness, J., Bell, F., & Funes, M. (2016). The rhizome: A problematic metaphor for teaching and learning in a MOOC. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 32(1), 78-91.

Lockridge, R., Levine, A., & Funes, M. (2014). A DS106 Thing Happened on the Way to the 3M Tech Forum. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014(2).

Lived Time: Life beyond Clock time. Management Books 2000. Oxford. 2012.

Funes, M. (2000). Laughing Matters: Live Creativity with Laughter. Newleaf.


Ph.D., Knowledge Based Systems, Brunel University, London, England.

M.Sc., Intelligent Systems, Brunel University, London. England.

B.A. Honours, Psychology, University of Warwick, Coventry, England.