I am a Lecturer in the Computer and Information Science Department at Northumbria University, where I work in the area of Human-Computer Interaction alongside other researchers from nor.sc and NORTHLab.
My background is in Psychology (BSc, MSc) and I have worked in Computer Science departments as well as in multi-disciplinary labs across Europe, including HTLab (Human Technology Lab) with Luciano Gamberini at University of Padua (Italy), the Ubiquitous Interaction group, with Giulio Jacucci and Eve Hoggan (now at Aahrus University) at the University of Helsinki and at HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology), the Human Experience and Design group with Abigail Sellen and Milad Shokouhi at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, and more recently the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLiC), where I’ve carried out my PhD work under the supervision of Prof Anna Cox and Dr Jon Bird (now University of Bristol). I have collaborated on and led various projects, including the FP7 EU funded CEEDs project, EPSRC Digital Epiphanies project, EPSRC Balance Network LifeSwap project, the EPSRC Balance Network Microboundaries project, and more recently the UCL Grand Challenge iWARDs project.
My research focuses on communication technologies across multiple devices (desktop computers/laptops, smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches) and how the use of these device ecologies affects our “work-life balance”. Taking a pragmatic approach, I look at how to support users in managing their time, attention and resources by understanding the issues they encounter and providing strategies and interventions around work-home boundary management. I have published in the top HCI venues, including CHI (with a Best Paper award in 2016), MobileHCI, and Ubicomp and my work has been featured in the New Scientist, The Conversation and The Psychologist.
In my free time, I am a big foodie! I like to explore independent food venues and, when I find time, write about them on my blog, My Talisman of Happiness.