Having completed BSc in Industrial Design at Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), and MSc in Interaction Design at Malmö University (Sweden), I’ve recently joined “Understanding Fatigue in Healthcare” project at Northumbria University (UK) as part of my PhD studies. My research interests are around and in-between the notions of cyborg, embodiment, power, and epistemology. My PhD is exploring some of these ideas through exploring how knowledge is generated in research through design projects. I can be found contemplating, storytelling, reading (mostly non-fiction), cooking, or walking around aimlessly if not juggling with ideas.
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.