Digital technologies are changing our personal lives, the way we work, and the interplay between the two.

The Balance Network aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to research and practice relating to Work-Life Balance issues within the Digital Economy.

It offers a framework for network members to communicate, share experience and practice, nurture and explore new ideas, disseminate knowledge to academic and wider communities and inform policy. It does this through events, a monthly bulletin, and providing funding for member-led activities.

Date: February 2013 – January 2017
Funder: EPSRC (£154,097) (EP/K025619/2)
Collaborators:  Rosie Robison (Anglia Ruskin) and Stephanie Cziczo (Anglia Ruskin)


Dave Kirk

I am Professor of Digital Living in the School of Computer and Information Science. I study Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the design of interactive computational technologies. I'm particularly interested in design research methods and the ways in which technology design can be centred on rich understanding of user experiences, cultures and contexts.
I have previously held positions as Senior Lecturer of Experience-Centred Design and then Reader in Cultural Computing at Newcastle University, Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction in the Mixed Reality Lab and School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and as a post-doc in the Socio-Digital Systems group at Microsoft Research Cambridge. My background is in Psychology (BSc) and Ergonomics (MSc) with a PhD in Computer Science. Over the years my work has been heavily influenced by the sociologists, philosophers and designers that I've collaborated with and consequently I take a design-led, social science orientation to understanding human experience and its application to the design of digital technologies. Accordingly, and although trained as an experimental scientist, my research is increasingly based on qualitative methods and design-research practices.

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