Lisa is a Senior Lecturer in PaCTLab. Since finishing her PhD in 2011, she has worked on three large multidisciplinary research projects- IMPRINTS, ReelLives and DERC. The IMPRINTS project aimed to understand the UK publics’ intentions to engage and/or disengage with identity management practices of the future. The ReelLives project explored digital data underpinning personhood, and the various ways that individuals could take ownership of their digital identity. More recently, the work undertaken as part of DERC (Digital Economy Research Centre) has focused on improving the digital provisions for volunteering services in the North East. Lisa is more broadly interested in life transitions, and the ways people manage these experiences in an online context. As well as her work exploring loneliness and well-being in students, Lisa is currently working on a project exploring the importance of digital resources for student mothers.
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.