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Dr Marta Cecchinato

Senior Lecturer

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Marta E. Cecchinato is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Science at Northumbria University, working in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). 

Before taking up this post, Marta has worked at the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) and at Microsoft Research Cambridge, as well as at Helsinki University and HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology) in Finland. She has a BSc and MSc in Psychology from University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in HCI at UCLIC.

Her research interests are around productivity and wellbeing in the digital age, ranging from how to manage information (e.g. storing and retrieving data), how to make sense of data (e.g. reflecting on data logs), how to cope with being constantly connected and available (e.g. managing emails, interruptions, and work-home boundaries) to how to support users who struggle in these areas (e.g. developing targeted interventions and digital strategies). Her current work focuses on understanding and promoting digital wellbeing in a range of contexts, including new forms work (e.g. gig economy). 

Her work has published in top tier HCI conferences and has been featured in the New Scientist, The Conversation and The Psychologist.

Marta Cecchinato

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Active and Passive Research through Social Media: The Case for Repurposing Reddit, Instagram and WhatsApp Features in HCI Research Practices, Alvarez De La Vega, J., Cecchinato, M., Lambton-Howard, D., Harrison, D. 11 Mar 2021, Workshop: Social Media as a Design and Research Site in HCI
  • A Special Interest Group on Designed and Engineered Friction in Interaction, Gould, S., Chuang, L., Iacovides, I., Garaialde, D., Cecchinato, M., Cowan, B., Cox, A. 8 May 2021, Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc
  • How Design Researchers Interpret Probes: Understanding the Critical Intentions of a Designerly Approach to Research, Cerci, S., Cecchinato, M., Vines, J. 6 May 2021, CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, ACM
  • Prioritizing unread e-mails: people send urgent responses before important or short ones, Cox, A., Bird, J., Brumby, D., Cecchinato, M., Gould, S. 1 Oct 2021, In: Human-Computer Interaction
  • “Why lose control?” A Study of Freelancers’ Experiences with Gig Economy Platforms, Alvarez De La Vega, J., Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J. 6 May 2021, CHI '21, New York, ACM
  • Boundary Management and Communication Technologies, Cecchinato, M., Cox, A. 7 Aug 2020, The Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • Design Opportunities for Digital Men’s Health: An Exploratory Study Focusing on Football Fandom, Rooksby, J., Cecchinato, M., Asadzadeh Birjandi, P., Philpott, M., Bunn, C. 3 Jul 2020, DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, New York, NY, ACM
  • Evaluation of a novel intervention to reduce burnout in doctors-in-training using self-care and digital wellbeing strategies: A mixed-methods pilot, Rich, A., Aly, A., Cecchinato, M., Lascau, L., Baker, M., Viney, R., Cox, A. Dec 2020, In: BMC Medical Education
  • Eworklife: developing effective strategies for remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rudnicka, A., Newbold, J., Cook, D., Cecchinato, M., Gould, S., Cox, A. 31 Aug 2020, New Future of Work
  • Life-swap: how discussions around personal data can motivate desire for change, Fleck, R., Cecchinato, M., Cox, A., Harrison, D., Marshall, P., Hoo Na, J., Skatova, A. 1 Oct 2020, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

PGR Supervision

Juan Alvarez De La Vega Supporting Wellbeing in the Gig Economy: Exploring Digital Interventions with Cloudwork Freelancers Start Date: 18/03/2021


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