Family Rituals 2.0 critically considers the evolving nature of family life for people working away from home. How do mobile workers balance their work and life commitments? How does and could technology help and hinder this?

This is a collaborative project with the University of the West of England, Bournemouth University and the Royal College of Art.

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Date: April 2013 – March 2015 (with ongoing elements)

Funding: EPSRC £581,615 (EP/K025678/1)

Collaborators: David Chatting (Newcastle), Jo-Anne Bichard (RCA), Paulina Yurman (RCA), Adele Ladkin (Bournemouth), Juliet Jain (UWE), William Clayton (UWE), Carina Gansohr (Duisberg-Essen), Diana Nowacka (UCL)


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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Abigail Durrant

I’m a designer and researcher based at Open Lab Newcastle University (formally the Digital Interaction group at Culture Lab), pursuing human-computer interaction (HCI) research through design-led inquiry.
I have a longstanding curiosity in the design-led study of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from social and cultural perspectives. This is grounded in my interdisciplinary career spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Graduating with a Fine Art degree from Newcastle in 2000, I have worked as a professional artist with gallery representation and run an interaction design consultancy.  Following postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the University of Surrey (Microsoft Research European PhD Scholarship Programme), I hold specialist applied skills in computer-related design and a deep knowledge of critical and experience-centred approaches to HCI research. 
Over the last 16 years, I have developed extensive professional experience in industry, academia and the public sector. In a commercial design research context, I have drawn upon my expertise in ethnography, film making, conceptual design and visual communication to deliver understandings, strategic directions and possible futures for technology innovation in Healthcare, Telecommunications and Government.
My academic research has focussed on the development of digital photography and social media, specifically to support the expression of identity in different contexts and domains, and by different communities and cultures.  My approach is creative, practice-based and interdisciplinary, using design to understand and communicate ideas and experiences. I’m a passionate advocate of dissemination platforms supporting ‘research through design’.
Alongside my Leverhulme Fellowship (ECF-2012-642) I have significant demonstrators of impact in terms of funding, publications, and services to academic communities. I am Principal Investigator at Newcastle of EPSRC Charting the Digital Lifespan (CDL) project (EP/L00383X/1) and previously Researcher Co-Investigator on EPSRC 'Scaling the Rural Enterprise' (EP/J000604/1) and most recently am Co-Investigator on a project internally funded by Newcastle Institute of Creative Arts Practice (NICAP). I was General Chair for the new Research through Design (RTD) 2015 Conference.
I have recently returned from Maternity Leave (July 15 to April 16), previously taking Maternity Leave in 2012.  And it has been worth it to have my two occasionally entertaining children.

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