Current projects:
  • Bossware: what is the limit? (2021): this project is funded by Northumbria University and is aimed at understanding to what, when and how workplace surveillance practices are considered (un)acceptable in different professional environments.

  • Counterveillance: telemetric data for sousveillance practices (2021): this project is funded by the EPSRC Human-Data Interaction Network+ and is aimed at developing a preliminary, ‘proof of concept’ understanding of collective, worker-negotiated standards for data collection about behaviour and productivity at work, and determine how data might be made legible in a way that supports workers’ negotiations with employers. PI: Dr Sandy Gould, Co-I: Dr Harry Pitt. Project partner: Gapsquare.

  • PLAN – Parental Leave @ Northumbria (2020-21): this project focuses on how to better support academics at different stages of parental leave through computer-mediated communication. PI: Dr Marta E. Cecchinato, Co-I: Dr Lisa Thomas, Selina Sutton.

  • eWORKLIFE (2020-21): this platform provides people working from home as a result of Covid-19 (but not only) with evidence-based strategies to support remote working. It builds on a decade of our research into how to best manage our digital devices to support both the work and non-work parts of our lives. PI: Prof Anna Cox Co-I: Dr Sandy Gould, Dr Marta E. Cecchinato, (PD)RAs: Dr Anna Rudnicka, Dr Joe Newbold, David Cook
Completed projects:

Lifetime workshops (2021): this project is a knowledge exchange collaboration funded by ESRC NINE DTP Accelerating Business Collaboration fund, to explore the gender issues related work-life balance in the digital age. PI: Julie Monroe, Co-I: Paolo Gerli. Project Partner: Indigo Multimedia.


Active Football Fans (2019-20)
In collaboration with Healthy Stadia and the University of Glasgow, this project looked at encouraging middle-aged male football fans to be more active and improve general wellbeing. PI: Dr John Rooksby. Co-I: Dr Marta E. Cecchinato, Dr Christopher Bunn, Dr Parvin Asadzadeh, Dr Matthew Philpott. [project report]


Walking on Sunshine app (2019-20)
This project focused on understanding the relationship between physical activity and mental health in students. PI: Dr John Rooksby. Co-I: Dr Marta E. Cecchinato, Dr Parvin Asadzadeh. [project summary] [UK Active summit poster]


Student-life balance (2018-19)
We developed a game to explore hedonic and eudaimonic experiences of games to encourage students to reflect on issues of work-life balance. PI: Dr Jo Iacovides. Co-I: Dr Paul Cairns, Dr Elisa Mekler, Dr Marta E. Cecchinato.


Personal informatics and sousveillance (2018-19)
This project looked at unpacking factors contributing to or hindering individual productivity, and how data can be used to empower workers for collective bargaining. PI: Dr Harry Pitts. Co-I: Dr Marta E. Cecchinato, Dr Sandy Gould, Dr Donna Poade.


iDWELL – Individualised strategies for Digital Wellbeing (2018-19)
We developed an online intervention to promote digital wellbeing and work-life balance in academics, as part of the UCL Athena Swan action plan. PI: Prof. Anna Cox, RA: Laura Lascau.


iWARDs (2017-2018)
Keywords: junior doctors, wellbeing, resilience, work-life balance, strategies, microboundaries, workshop. 


Tangibles and IoT for wellbeing (2017)
Keywords: Internet of things, IoT, tangibles, agency, privacy, ubiquitous computing, wellbeing, peripheral interaction, work-life balance, autoethnography. [paper]


Availability Management in a Constantly Connected World (2016-2018)
Keywords: microboundaries, strategies, work-life balance, always available, availability management, diary study, workshop, mixed methods.


Data LifeSwap (2015-2016)
Keywords: personal informatics, reflection, productivity, physical activity, work breaks, workshop, interviews, work-home boundaries. [paper]

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Context-Aware Notifications and Smartwatches (2015-2017)
Keywords: notifications, geofencing, smartwatches, cross-device interaction, work-life balance, work-home boundaries, contextual interviews, diary study, autoethnography, mixed methods. [paper]


microboundaryEmail Use in a Multi-Account, Multi-Device World (2014-2016)
Keywords: email, cross-device interaction, work-life balance, work-home boundaries, contextual interviews, diary study, mixed methods. [paper] [paper]


P1040973Tactile Time Perception: Augmented Cognition (2015)
Keywords: augmented cognition, time, haptics, haptic feedback, physical computing, prototyping, in the wild, autoethnography, diary study. [paper]


guantoUser Experience Evaluation of Multimodal Interfaces (2013)
Keywords: haptics, haptic feedback, multimodal feedback, lab studies, mixed methods.


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Electrovibration as Haptic Feedback
Keywords: haptics, haptic feedback, lab studies, mixed methods. [paper]