I am a researcher in the Human Experience & Design (HXD) group at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. My research focuses on how use of technology is influenced by the social context in which it is situated, and how understanding that context can feed into design.
I am currently interested in how people experience and manage their digital content in a networked world, as part of the HXD project on Digital Possessions. In this research, we look at what digital possessions are, where they are hosted and stored, how users can interact with them, and what this means for their relationships with them. Strands to this work include reimagining how we might conceptualise the computer file and the grammar of action that is bound up with it, both of which were conceived for a world where Cloud computing, social network sites, and networked devices were yet to come. Please visit the project page on the HXD website for more information.
- Jayne Wallace and I had our paper on Placing in Age published in ToCHI.
- Jane Gruning presented the work we did on joint ownership of digital and physical things at CHI 2016.
- I spoke about the work we’ve been doing on digital possessions at TEDxEastEnd 2015.