We maintain a regular set of talks (at least twice a month, often weekly) to bring the members of NORTH Lab community together. Talks are a mix of internal speakers and external guest speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend these (within the University and beyond).

** Covid-19 Update **

During the Covid-19 pandemic that is affecting most of the world, we will be running the NORTH Lab talk series as online sessions via Zoom. The talks will be run at our usual regular day and time (Wednesdays, 12-1pm UK time).

We will aim to keep this page updated with information on these talks. For the time being, our planned in-person talks will be postponed.


Upcoming Talks

28th October 2020 (12-1pm UK time, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Enabling Ongoingness: Content Creation & Consumption in the New Digital Age

Jayne Wallace and Josh South (CoCreate, School of Design, Northumbria University)

The Ongoingness project is funded by EPSRC through the content, creation and consumption thread of the Digital Economy theme.

The research is a series of design engagements with older people, people living with dementia, people approaching the end of their lives and people who are bereaved. The project is centred in the concept of continued bonds in bereavement theory and care which champion practices that enable a continued sense of connection between someone bereaved and a person who has died. The aim is to seek and develop new ways to curate and create digital media to support Ongoingness – an active, dynamic component of continuing bonds.

Jayne and Josh will firstly describe work around one piece developed within the project – ReFind – a physical/digital artefact made for people who are bereaved and are ready to re-explore their relationship to the deceased person, and secondly detail some of their current work exploring the potential of mirrorness, dialogicality and continued bonds.

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Talks from 2020/2021 Academic Year

14th October 2020 (12-1pm UK time, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Online narratives of migrants and migration to the EU

Kahina Le Louvier, Jamie Mahoney, Tanya Vlasova and Shaun Lawson (NorSC, Northumbria University)

The aims of the EU funded H2020 PERCEPTIONS project are to: identify narratives, images and perceptions of Europe abroad; investigate how different narratives could lead to problems, unrealistic expectations, security threats or even radicalisation; and create toolkits of creative and innovative measures to react or even counteract these, considering social, societal and structural aspects. NorSC are a key partner in the consortium and we lead the project’s activity in Identifying what perceptions of Europe are held by (potential) migrants and how these are reflected in social and mainstream media. At this NORTH Lab session, we will give an update on the project and its activities.

Talks from 2019/2020 Academic Year

5th August (12-1pm, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Panel session with 3 guest speakers from the committee of the British Psychological Society Cyberpsychology Section:

Host: Dawn Branley-Bell (PaCTLab)

Linda Kaye: Exploring Gamer Identity.

Dr Linda K. Kaye is a Chartered Psychologist and chair of the BPS Cyberpsychology Section. Linda is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University and specialises in areas relating to cyberpsychology and explores ways in which online settings can promote social inclusion and well-being. Linda will be joining us to talk about Exploring Gamer Identity: Social identity theory (SIT) has been widely applied to many contexts as a way of understanding group identity and the associated impacts. However, less research has explored the relevance of SIT to digital gaming. This talk briefly outlines recent studies which have sought to establish a number of psychosocial outcomes associated with gaming identity across a number of gaming domains. From this, it will illuminate the benefits of building gamer identity and how objective behaviours such as language use and network maps may be utilised to more fully explore this within situated contexts.

Graham Scott: Victim Blame in Cyberbullying

Dr Graham Scott is a Lecturer in the School of Media, Culture and Society at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and treasurer for the BPS Cyberpsychology Section. Graham has a keen interest in online impression formation and he will be joining us to discuss Victim Blame in Cyberbullying.

Chris Fullwood: Do avatar characteristics alter our behaviour? Exploring in-game and real life effects in Autistic and neurotypical participants

Dr Chris Fullwood is a reader in Cyberpsychology in the Psychology Department at the University of Wolverhampton, chartered member of the BPS and coordinator of the CRUW Cyberpsychology Research Cluster. He is a founding member of the BPS Cyberpsychology section and current liaison to the BPS Research Board. His research interests chiefly focus on online impression management and he sits on the editorial board for the journal Cyberpsychology, behavior and social networking. He has published extensively in the field, edited numerous textbooks, chaired international conferences and helped to develop a masters in Cyberpsychology. Chris will be joining us to talk about whether avatar characteristics alter our behaviour: Exploring in-game and real life effects in Autistic and Neurotypical participants.

29th July (1-2pm, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Panel discussion hosted in collaboration with the ICT4D North Network.

Host: Reem Talhouk 

ICT4D North is a network of researchers based in the North East of England conducting research around technologies and International Development. The panel is aimed at stimulating discussions around the design and use of technologies in developing contexts. Panelists include:

Gopalakrishnan Narayanamurthy, Lecturer in Operations & Supply Chain Management at University of Liverpool presenting on “To accept or reject an agri-insurance claim? Satellite imagery analytics for decision making”

Bianca Fadel, Post-graduate Researcher at the Centre for International Development at Northumbria University presenting on “We are together: Local Experiences of Volunteering in Burundi”

22nd July (4-5pm BST, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Panel discussion by some of the authors of four DIS2020 papers that all explore designerly ways of navigating research journeys:

Miriam Sturdee (Lancaster) Sarah Robinson, Conor Linehan (University College Cork) Research Journeys: Making the Invisible Visual

Doenja Oogjes, Ron Wakkery, Henry Lin, Omid Alemi (Simon Fraser) Fragile! Handle with care: the Morse Things

Audrey Desjardins (University of Washington) Cayla Key (Northumbria) Parallels, Tangents, and Loops: Reflections on the ‘Through’ Part of RtD

Cally Gatehouse (Northumbria), David Chatting (Goldsmiths) Inarticulate Devices: Critical Encounters with Network Technologies in Research Through Design

You can also watch the DIS video presentations here:

8th July 2020 (1-2pm, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Susan Lechelt (University of Edinburgh) – “Designing for the End of Life of IoT Objects”

1st July 2020 (1-2pm, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Digital Health – who is doing what? (Internal Session, hosted by Claire McCallum and Reem Talhouk)

24th June 2020 (3-4pm, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Panel: “HCI and Behavioural Change”.

Panel members: Chia-Fang (Christina) Chung (Indiana University Bloomington), Joseph Newbold (UCL) and Claire McCallum (Northumbria University).

This panel was organised as part of the HCI Summer Festival.

17th June 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Britta Schulte (UCL)

10th June 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Cally Gatehouse – NORTH Lab online (internal session) – Making videos for research support group

3rd June 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Pam Briggs – NORTH Lab online (internal session) – Ageing and Social and Behavioural Design

20th May 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

John Vines – NORTH Lab online (internal session)

6th May 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Thomas Dylan, Gavin Wood, Abigail C. Durrant, John Vines, Pablo E. Torres, Philip I. N. Ulrich, Mutlu Cukurova, Amanda Carr, Sena Çerçi, Shaun Lawson. Designing IoT Resources to Support Outdoor Play for Children (CHI 2020 Paper)

Tom Feltwell, Gavin Wood, Phillip Brooker, Scarlett Rowland, Eric P. S. Baumer, Kiel Long, John Vines, Julie Barnett, Shaun Lawson. Broadening Exposure to Socio-Political Opinions via a Pushy Smart Home Device. (CHI 2020 Paper)

Marion Oswald (Northumbria University) Towards a Trustworthy Coronavirus Contact Tracing App (Guest Talk)

29th April 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Caroline Claisse, Daniela Petrelli, Luigina Ciolfi, Nick Dulake, Mark Marshall and Abigail Durrant. Crafting Critical Heritage Discourses into Interactive Exhibition Design. – CHI 2020 Paper

Ben Kirman, Shaun Lawson, and Conor Linehan. What’s Your Problem with the Dog Internet? – Alt.CHI 2020 Paper

Dave Murray-Rust (University of Edinburgh) HCI and Contact Tracing – Guest Talk and Discussion

22nd April 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Samantha Mitchell Finnigan and Adrian K Clear. “No powers, man!”: A Student Perspective on Designing University Smart Building Interactions. – CHI 2020 Paper

Mark Warner, Agnieszka Kitkowska, Jo Gibbs, Juan F. Maestre, and Ann Blandford. Evaluating ‘Prefer not to say’ Around Sensitive Disclosures. – CHI 2020 Paper

Alan Dix(Swansea University) Why pandemics and climate change are hard to understand, and can we help? – Guest Talk and Discussion

15th April 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Panel Session on “How Can HCI Researchers Address the Coronavirus Crisis? (Part 5)”. Panelists: Mattias Rost (University of Gothenburg); Max Van Kleek (University of Oxford); Leysan Nurgalieva (Trinity College Dublin).

8th April 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Panel Session on “How Can HCI Researchers Address the Coronavirus Crisis? (Part 4)”. Panelists: Juan Fernando Maestre (Indiana University Bloomington); Nikki Newhouse (University of Oxford); Pam Briggs (Northumbria University); Nick Dalton (Northumbria University).

1st April 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar via Zoom)

Panel Session on “How Can HCI Researchers Address the Coronavirus Crisis? (Part 3)”. Panelists: Reem Talhouk (Newcastle University); Alex Taylor (City University); Shaun Lawson (Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University); Cally Gatehouse (School of Design, Northumbria University).

25th March 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar)

Panel Session on “How Can HCI Researchers Address the Coronavirus Crisis? (Part 2)”. Panelists: Opeyemi Dele-Ajayi (Northumbria University); Kellie Morrissey (School of Design, Limerick); mc schraefel (Electronics and Computer Science, Southampton); Stacey Pitsillides (Northumbria University).

18th March 2020 (12-1, Online Seminar)

Panel Session on “How Can HCI Research(ers) Address the Coronavirus Crisis?” Panelists: John Vines (School of Design, Northumbria); Anna Cox (UCLIC, UCL); Santosh Vijaykumar (Psychology, Northumbria); Angelika Strohmayer (School of Design, Northumbria); Jacki O’Neill (Microsoft Research Labs, India)

11th March 2020 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Donna Leishman (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: I’m New Here: I did not become someone different / that I did not want to be.

26th February 2020 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Kelly Widdicks (Lancaster University). Title: Understanding and Mitigating the Impact of Internet Demand in Everyday Life.

19th February 2020 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Clara Mancini (Open University). Title: Animal-Computer Interaction: Animals as Co-Designers of Multispecies Technologically Supported Ecosystems.

12th February 2020 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Lynne Coventry (Northumbria University). Title: An Intro to the Academic Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Cybersecurity Research.

22nd January 2020 (CCE2-011)

Belen Barros Pena (Northumbria University). Title: What is wrong with tech? – What older people taught me about digital technologies.

18th December 2019 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Mark Warner (Northumbria University). Title: Being Silent Online.

4th December 2019 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Anne Spaa (Northumbria University). Title: Design for Policymaking.

27th November 2019 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Miriam Sturdee (Lancaster University). Title: Visual Research Methods in Human Computer Interaction.

20th November 2019 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Angelika Strohmayer (Northumbria University). Title: Technologies for Social Justice: Working To Design Digital Technologies With, In, and For Third Sector Support Services.

6th November 2019 (12-1, CCE2-011) – CSCW Practice Talks

Chris Elsden (University of Edinburgh). Title: Sorting Out Valuation in the Charity Shop: Designing for Data-Driven Innovation through Value Translation.

Sunil Rodger (Newcastle University). Title: Exploring the Potential for Technology to Improve Cystic Fibrosis Care Provision: Patient and Professional Perspectives.

23rd October 2019 (12-1, CCE2-011)

Stacey Pitsillides (Northumbria University). Title: Designing Death for the 21st Century.

9th October 2019 (12-1, CCE2-011) – Welcoming out new PhD students and post-docs.

Talks from 2018/2019 Academic Year

15th May 2019

David A. Shamma (FX Palo Alto Laboratory). Title: Learning Good Roles from Bad Actors.

10th April 2019

Nantia Koulidou (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: Playing with participation

27th March 2019

Claire McCallum (Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, Northumbria University). Title: Interdisciplinary methodologies for developing and evaluating health behaviour change apps.

13th March 2019

Colin Gray (Purdue University). Title: Unravelling Ethical Design Complexity in UX Practice.

27th February 2019

Caroline Claisse (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: The Augmented House Museum – Crafting Multisensory, Participatory and Interactive Experiences of Heritage

13th February 2019

Lisa Thomas (Department of Psychology, Northumbria University). Title: Understanding Social Media Use in Young People Transitioning to University.

23rd January 2019

Rosie Bellini (Newcastle University). Title: Mapping the Margins: Navigating the Ecologies of Domestic Violence Service Provision.

28th November 2018

Christina Vasilou (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University). Title: Collaboration Spaces, Communities of Interest, and a pinch of Theatre.

21st November 2018

Joseph Nkurunziza Ryarasa (Never Again Rwanda). Title: Technology in Supporting Citizen Participation in Rwanda.

19th November 2018

Bettina Nissen (University of Edinburgh). Title: Designing Matter(s) of Data, Blockchains and Trust.

14th November 2018

Tommy Dylan (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: Playing Out with IoT.

7th November 2018

Helen Andrea (School of Design, Northumbria University, and Victoria University of Wellington). Title: Let’s Start.

31st October 2018

Jon Bird (University of Bristol). Title: Stop and Smell the Flowers: Augmenting VR with Olfaction.

24th October 2018

Paul Vickers (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University). Title: Journeying in Sonification, Signification, and Aesthetics.

10th October 2019 – Welcoming our new PhD students.


Talks from 2017/2018 Academic Year

22nd August 2018

Samantha Finnigan (Newcastle University). Title: ThermoKiosk: Investigating Roles for Digital Surveys of Thermal Experience in Workplace Comfort Management.

25th July 2018

Thomas Pollet (Department of Psychology, Northumbria University). Title: A tour of my research in cyberpsychology.

20th July 2018

Shaimaa Lazem (CSRTA · Informatics Research Institute). Title: Interdisciplinary UK-Egypt institutional links: lessons learned for future international collaborations.

11th July 2018

Wasim Ahmed (Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University). Title: Using social media data for qualitative insights into deadly infectious disease outbreaks.

27th June 2018

Marta Cecchinato (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University). Title: A recipe for work-life balance in the digital age? It’s a lot more complicated than that.

13th June 2018

Andrew McNeil (Department of Psychology, Northumbria University). Title: Robotic walkers and fall reduction among older adults.

23rd May 2018

Cally Gatehouse (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: Does critical and speculative design matter?

9th May 2018

John Rooksby (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University). Title: Making sense of mobile health.

25th April 2018

Mladjan Jovanovic (University of Trento). Title: The ACANTO mobile touchscreen technology for successful ageing.

28th March 2018

Rachel Clarke (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: What’s at Stake in Design? Trust and Risk in Collaboration across Social Design, Interaction Design and HCI.

20th March 2018

Larissa Pschetz (University of Edinburgh). Title: Blockchain, Smart Contracts and the Design of Everyday Transactions.

14th March 2018

Chris Elsden (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: Unpacking blockchain technologies as systems of formal records and contracts.

7th March 2018

Augusto Esteves (Edinburgh Napier University). Title: Motion Matching: A New Interaction Paradigm for the IoT

14th February 2018

Gilbert Cockton (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: Realistic Research for (Interaction) Design.

30th January 2019

Wendy Moncur (University of Dundee). Title: Charting the Digital Lifespan and Understanding Identity Management.

24th January 2018

James Nicholson (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University). Title: Understanding Users’ Understanding of Security.

10th January 2018

Arthi Manohar (School of Design, Northumbria University). Title: Participatory Action Research for Emotionally Meaningful Stories.

22nd November 2017

Nick (Sheep) Dalton (Department of Computer and Information Science, Northumbria University). Title: A short history of space syntax and implications to HCI as a discipline.

15th November 2017

Stuart Murray (University of Leeds). Title: Augmenting the Body/Engineering the Imagination.

6th November 2017

Stuart Reeves (University of Nottingham). Title: Talking with machines? Voice UI and conversation design

25th October 2017

Tom Feltwell (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University). Title: Explorations into the upper botsphere: What makes a bot and how do they tie into the infrastructure of the Internet

11th October 2017 – Welcoming the new PhD students


Talks from 2016/2017 Academic Year

27th September 2017

Dave Green (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University). Title: Design Your Own Future

31st August 2017

Kia Hook (KTH). Title: Designing with the Body – Somaesthetic Interaction Design

30th August 2017

Lene Nielsen and Anders Bruun (IT University of Copenhagen). Title: Can you play a user experience?

9th August 2017

Pam Briggs (Department of Psychology, Northumbria University) – 09/08/17

12th July 2017

Marisela Gutierrez (Hasselt University). Title: Organized chaos: supporting multidisciplinary, collaborative design

28th June 2017

Morgan Harvey (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University) – 28/06/17

14th June 2017

Jay Evans (Medic Mobile). Title: Designing for mHealth at Scale in Low Resource Settings – Opportunities and Challenges.

24th May 2017

Abigail Durrant (School of Design, Northumbria University).

10th May 2017

Kay Rogage (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University) – 10/05/17

26th April 2017

Santosh Vijaykumar (Department of Psychology, Northumbria University) – 26/04/17

12th April 2017

Dave Kirk (Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University) – 12/04/17