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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
  • 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. 10 Feb 2020, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • A Sample of One, Lucero, A., Desjardins, A., Neustaedter, C., Höök, K., Hassenzahl, M., Cecchinato, M. 18 Jun 2019, Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (DIS '19 Companion), New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • Designing for Digital Wellbeing, Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J., Hiniker, A., Munson, S., Lukoff, K., Ciolfi, L., Thieme, A., Harrison, D. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • Communicating in a Multi-Role, Multi-Device, Multi-Channel World: How Knowledge Workers Manage Work- Home Boundaries, Cecchinato, M. 2018
  • The role of aesthetics and design, Pateman, M., Harrison, D., Marshall, P., Cecchinato, M. 20 Apr 2018, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM
  • Always On(line)? User Experience of Smartwatches and their Role within Multi-Device Ecologies, Cecchinato, M., Cox, A., Bird, J. 2 May 2017, CHI '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM
  • Degrees of Agency in Owners & Users of Home IoT devices, Cecchinato, M., Harrison, D. May 2017
  • Smartwatches: Digital Handcuffs or Magic Bracelets?, Cecchinato, M., Cox, A. Apr 2017, In: Computer
  • Work-Home Boundaries and Communication Technologies, Cecchinato, M., Cox, A. Oct 2017
  • Design Frictions for Mindful Interactions: The Case for Microboundaries, Cox, A., Gould, S., Cecchinato, M., Iacovides, I., Renfree, I. 7 May 2016, Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '16, New York, New York, USA, ACM


  • PhD July 27 2018
  • MSc June 12 2013
  • BSc July 04 2010

PGR Supervision

Juan Alvarez De La Vega Start: 01/10/2019


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