Digital Living is a Multidisciplinary Research Theme (MDRT) at Northumbria University. The research theme is lead by Professor David Kirk (Professor of Digital Living) and coordinates the activities of a number of researchers across the schools of Computer and Information Science, Architecture and Built Environment, Design, Psychology and the Business School. The research associated with this theme brings together studies of people, place and technology and the interactions between the these, to focus on the human-centred design of secure, smart cities. We internally fund and support research development and consulting (enterprise) activities across this broad remit.


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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Adrian Clear

Adrian Clear is a Senior Research Fellow in Digital Living in the Department of Computing and Information Sciences at Northumbria University. Prior to Northumbria, he was a Senior Research Associate in Open Lab in Newcastle University, working on the EPSRC project, 'Pervasive Sensing for Collaborative Facilities Manangement'. Previously, he worked as a Senior RA in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, where he is a member of the Socio-Digital Sustainability (SDS) research group. At Lancaster, Adrian was researcher co-investigator on the EPSRC-funded Research in the Wild project entitled Encouraging low carbon food shopping with ubicomp interventions. He has recently worked on the EPSRC-funded TEDDI project, Informing energy choices using ubiquitous computing and the ESRC-funded Sustainability project, Sustainable Carbon Counters.
Adrian is interested in HCI and sustainability in the home, the workplace, and the city. His work covers various domains including thermal comfort, energy, and food, and involves qualitative and quantitative methods, sensor data analysis, infovis, and designing digital technologies for reshaping everyday practices in more sustainable ways. Prior to his work at Lancaster, Adrian completed his PhD, titled 'Engineering pervasive systems using interactive visualisation', at UCD Dublin before working as a postdoctoral researcher at Orange Labs, Grenoble in the area of sensor data fusion for home automation and sustainable living.

Adrian's research interests include ubiquitous computing, HCI, context-awareness, sustainability, quantitative and qualitative study methods, and information visualisation.

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Kay Rogage

Prior to joining Northumbria, Dr Kay Rogage worked on a range of software development projects from developing software for architects and the construction industry for the commercial arm of the Royal Institute of Architects to developing web solutions for clients such as the NHS, Northern Rock, Metroradio Arena, Sanderson Young and Gateshead Council.
She is currently a lecturer at Northumbria University where she lectures on software related topics and gains great satisfaction from the challenge of both developing software and helping students develop their skills in software development.

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