I am an Associate Professor at Northumbria School of Design, an interaction design practitioner and researcher, predominantly working in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

My design-led research explores how digital technologies may support personal identity management. In particular I am interested in the concept of ‘digital personhood’, and how digital interactions shape ideas of selfhood, wellbeing, social inclusion, and futures.

Previous research explored the representation of Family through photos, following the transition to digital and the widespread adoption of smartphones and social media by younger generations. Projects delivered fascinating insights about how digital photography and online social networking has transformed traditional practices of assembling Family Photo Albums. Related research has considered digital photographic practice for expression in educational contexts, and for leisure, tourism, and cultural visiting.

I have also worked in transnational research settings, to explore the media archiving practices of cultural institutions, in Rwanda and Slovenia. In these projects, the research focused on understanding digital support genocide memorialisation, and considering, not just personal identities in the digital ‘photowork’, but also national identities and international communities of practice.

More recent research has considered how individuals manage personal identity online as they live through major life transitions, critically investigating how digital technologies may both enable and constrain expression and well-being, in the context of the lifespan and longer-term digital interactions.

My research approach is practice-based, interdisciplinary, and participatory, using creative design inquiry to understand and communicate ideas and experiences. I was trained in Design (BA, MA (RCA)) and Social Psychology (PhD), and my recently completed Leverhulme fellowship has delivered methodological insight about the transformational value of design within multi-disciplinary research teams. I’m a passionate advocate of dissemination platforms supporting research through design, and have a special interest in the use of video to support inquiry, and in the use of visual argumentation in design research dissemination.

I have significant demonstrators of impact in terms of funding, publications, and services to academic communities. I am Principal Investigator of EPSRC 'INTUIT: Interaction Design for Trusted Sharing of Personal Health Data to Live Well with HIV' project (EP/R033900/1), to start in October 2018. I am currently Co-Investigator (Co-I) of EPSRC 'Playing out with IOT' (EP/P025544/2).

I recently completed the Leverhulme Fellowship (ECF-2012-642) in December 2017. I was previously Co-I at Newcastle University on an EPSRC 'Charting the Digital Lifespan (CDL)' project (EP/L00383X/1), and was previously Researcher Co-Investigator on EPSRC 'Scaling the Rural Enterprise' (EP/J000604/1). I was Co-Investigator on a project internally funded by Newcastle Institute of Creative Arts Practice (NICAP), and an Innovation Pilot for Creative Fuse North East, in collaboration with NICAP and partner organisations. I contribute to a number of academic communities, including SIGCHI Conferences and the Design Research Society (DRS) Conference. I am a Steering Committee member for the biennial RTD Conference series (and was previously General Chair of RTD 2015). I am also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

I currently supervise 7 PhD students, and a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Design, Digital Media, and Human-Computer Interaction. I teach the following subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level: Interaction Design, Creative Arts Practice, and Research Methods including Design Ethnography, and Using Film and Video for Design Research. I am Co-Lead (with colleague John Vines) of the 'Co-Create' research strand within the University's strategic IDEATE theme, aiming to deliver design-led research and innovation grounded in participatory methods.

I have extensive commercial design research experience prior to working in academia, engaging in Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Telecommunications, Leisure and Entertainment, and UK Government.

I work part time and have taken two periods of Maternity Leave in recent years, between July 2015 and April 2016, and June 2012 to February 2013. And it has been worth it to have my two occasionally entertaining children.

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I am an Associate Professor at Northumbria School of Design, an interaction design practitioner and researcher, predominantly working in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). My design-led research explores how digital technologies may support personal identity management. In particular I am interested in the concept of ‘digital personhood’, and how digital interactions shape ideas of selfhood, wellbeing, social inclusion, and futures. Previous research explored the representation of Family through photos, following the transition to digital and the widespread adoption of smartphones and social media by younger generations. Projects delivered fascinating insights about how digital photography and online social networking has transformed traditional practices of assembling Family Photo Albums. Related research has considered digital photographic practice for expression in educational contexts, and for leisure, tourism, and cultural visiting. I have also worked in transnational research settings, to explore the media archiving practices of cultural institutions, in Rwanda and Slovenia. In these projects, the research focused on understanding digital support genocide memorialisation, and considering, not just personal identities in the digital ‘photowork’, but also national identities and international communities of practice. More recent research has considered how individuals manage personal identity online as they live through major life transitions, critically investigating how digital technologies may both enable and constrain expression and well-being, in the context of the lifespan and longer-term digital interactions. My research approach is practice-based, interdisciplinary, and participatory, using creative design inquiry to understand and communicate ideas and experiences. I was trained in Design (BA, MA (RCA)) and Social Psychology (PhD), and my recently completed Leverhulme fellowship has delivered methodological insight about the transformational value of design within multi-disciplinary research teams. I’m a passionate advocate of dissemination platforms supporting research through design, and have a special interest in the use of video to support inquiry, and in the use of visual argumentation in design research dissemination. I have significant demonstrators of impact in terms of funding, publications, and services to academic communities. I am Principal Investigator of EPSRC 'INTUIT: Interaction Design for Trusted Sharing of Personal Health Data to Live Well with HIV' project (EP/R033900/1), to start in October 2018. I am currently Co-Investigator (Co-I) of EPSRC 'Playing out with IOT' (EP/P025544/2). I recently completed the Leverhulme Fellowship (ECF-2012-642) in December 2017. I was previously Co-I at Newcastle University on an EPSRC 'Charting the Digital Lifespan (CDL)' project (EP/L00383X/1), and was previously Researcher Co-Investigator on EPSRC 'Scaling the Rural Enterprise' (EP/J000604/1). I was Co-Investigator on a project internally funded by Newcastle Institute of Creative Arts Practice (NICAP), and an Innovation Pilot for Creative Fuse North East, in collaboration with NICAP and partner organisations. I contribute to a number of academic communities, including SIGCHI Conferences and the Design Research Society (DRS) Conference. I am a Steering Committee member for the biennial RTD Conference series (and was previously General Chair of RTD 2015). I am also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. I currently supervise 7 PhD students, and a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Design, Digital Media, and Human-Computer Interaction. I teach the following subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level: Interaction Design, Creative Arts Practice, and Research Methods including Design Ethnography, and Using Film and Video for Design Research. I am Co-Lead (with colleague John Vines) of the 'Co-Create' research strand within the University's strategic IDEATE theme, aiming to deliver design-led research and innovation grounded in participatory methods. I have extensive commercial design research experience prior to working in academia, engaging in Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Telecommunications, Leisure and Entertainment, and UK Government. I work part time and have taken two periods of Maternity Leave in recent years, between July 2015 and April 2016, and June 2012 to February 2013. And it has been worth it to have my two occasionally entertaining children.