I currently work designing, developing and deploying technology interventions as a senior research assistant within the NorSC Lab research group. My work focuses on the development and deployment of digital technology, most recently reconfiguring the consumption of TV programmes, news content and social media streams to encourage critical reflection. I have worked as a research assistant at Northumbria since 2016. I am currently pursuing a PhD on a part-time basis, exploring the design of technology to challenge stigmatisation and othering in the digital environment. I previously worked with Prof. Shaun Lawson at University of Lincoln as a research assistant, on the EPSRC-funded project CuRAtOR. Prior to this, my background has been in computer science, specialising in games programming and games design (BSc), and game analytics visualisation (MSc), both attained at the University of Lincoln.
Home Department: Computer and Information Sciences
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.