For many years, he served as codirector, and is now senior codirector and a member of the steering committee. Perkins conducts research on creativity in the arts and sciences, informal reasoning, problem solving, understanding, individual and organizational learning, and the teaching of thinking skills.
He has participated in curriculum projects addressing thinking, understanding, and learning in Colombia, Israel, Venezuela, South Africa, Sweden, Holland, Australia, and the United States. He is actively involved in school change.
Perkins is a cofounder of WIDE World, a distance learning initiative for practitioners. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Eureka Effect (about creativity), King Arthurs Round Table (about organizational intelligence and learning), and Making Learning Whole (a general framework for deepening education at all levels).