I am a doctoral candidate in the department of Computer & Information Science. I started my PhD in 2017, after a disciplinary background in Design and industrial experience in Graphic, and UX Design. Currently, I am working on a transdisciplinary approach to sustainable HCI research and HCI for alternative food systems with Adrian Clear, Dave Kirk and Rachel Clarke. The work focuses on practices of “futuring” in grassroots communities and how HCI can facilitate openness, participation, and coordination in constructing visions of the future, and in reconciling these with the everyday practices of the communities. I am supported by Northumbria University RDF studentship.
Home Department: Computer and Information Science
Supervisors: Dr. Adrian Clear, Dr. Rachel Clarke and Prof. David 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.