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Prof David Kirk


Department: Computer and Information Sciences

I am Professor of Digital Living in the School of Computer and Information Science (CIS), one of two Heads of Subject within the department, Co-Manager of the NorSC research group within CIS and Founder of NORTH Lab the University's cross-faculty Human-Computer Interaction research community.

I study Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and the design of interactive computational technologies. I'm particularly interested in design research methods and the ways in which technology design can be centred on rich understanding of user experiences, cultures and contexts.

I have previously held positions as Senior Lecturer of Experience-Centred Design and then Reader in Cultural Computing at Newcastle University, Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction in the Mixed Reality Lab and School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, and was a post-doc in the Socio-Digital Systems group at Microsoft Research Cambridge. My background is in Psychology (BSc) and Ergonomics (MSc) with a PhD in Computer Science. Over the years my work has been heavily influenced by the sociologists, philosophers and designers that I've collaborated with and consequently I take a design-led, social science orientation to understanding human experience and its application to the design of digital technologies. Accordingly, and although trained as an experimental scientist, my research is increasingly based on qualitative methods and design-research practices.

David Kirk

Campus Address

Pandon Building (Room 238)


  • Computing Science PhD June 30 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Introduction to This Special Issue on Open Design at the Intersection of Making and Manufacturing, Green, D., Fuchsberger, V., Taylor, N., Bjørn, P., Kirk, D., Lindtner, S. 4 Apr 2019, In: Human-Computer Interaction
  • Domestic Widgets, Verweij, D., Kirk, D., Rogage, K., Durrant, A. 18 Mar 2019, Fourth Biennial Research Through Design Conference
  • Long-Term Value of Social Robots through the Eyes of Expert Users, Dereshev, D., Kirk, D., Matsumura, K., Maeda, T. 7 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019, ACM
  • Voice as a Design Material, Sutton, S., Foulkes, P., Kirk, D., Lawson, S. 7 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019, ACM
  • Exploring object-based content adaptation for mobile audio, Walton, T., Evans, M., Kirk, D., Melchior, F. 1 Aug 2018, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Sketching the Polyphonic Design Space of Theme Parks, Durrant, A., Golembewski, M., Kirk, D. Jul 2018, Funology 2, Cham, Springer
  • ActuEating: Designing, Studying and Exploring Actuating Decorative Artefacts, Nabil, S., Everitt, A., Sturdee, M., Aelxander, J., Bowen, S., Wright, P., Kirk, D. 8 Jun 2018, DIS '18 Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, ACM
  • Open Design, Inclusivity and the Intersections of Making, Green, D., Kirk, D. 8 Jun 2018, DIS '18 Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, New York, NY, ACM
  • Rich pictures for stakeholder dialogue, Durrant, A., Kirk, D., Moncur, W., Orzech, K., Taylor, R., Trujillo Pisanty, D. 31 May 2018, In: Design Studies
  • Accountability Work, Marshall, M., Vines, J., Wright, P., Kirk, D., Lowe, T., Wilson, R. 23 Apr 2018, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) / User Experience (UX)

Design Research

Ubiquitous Computing

Human-Building Interaction

Smart Homes / Devices

PGR Supervision

  • Marcus Walton Start: 01/10/2018
  • David Verweij Start: 01/10/2017
  • Dmitry Dereshev Smart Wonder: Cute, Helpful, Secure Domestic Social Robots Start: 14/11/2016


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