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Prof Shaun Lawson

Head of Department

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Shaun is Professor of Social Computing and Head of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences at Northumbria University. He leads the Northumbria Social Computing (NorSC) research group. Prior to joining Northumbria in November 2015, he founded and led, for 10 years, the Lincoln Social Computing (LiSC) Research Centre at the University of Lincoln. His research lies at the boundaries between computing, design and the social sciences, and explores the use and significance of social media, and other collaborative and participatory digital services, in people’s lives. This includes a focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of new social platforms, applications and services as well as analysis of text, speech and image data. He was appointed the UK’s first Professor in Social Computing in 2011. He has conducted applied and cross-disciplinary work in areas including mental health and wellbeing, politics, activism, animal behaviour and sustainability. He has held, as PI, grants totalling over £2.5 million from funders such as EPSRC, ESRC, the EU, Microsoft Research, as well as industry, and is the co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications, including 12 full CHI papers[1] in the last three years. He is the founding chair of the UK’s SIGCHI chapter, a full member of both EPSRC and ESRC Peer Review Colleges and a visiting Professor in Computer Science at UCL.


[1] note that the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (or simply CHI) is the flagship international venue for publishing research related to human computer interaction

Shaun Lawson

Campus Address

Room 215
Pandon Building


Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A systematic review of physical–digital play technology and developmentally relevant child behaviour, Torres, P., Ulrich, P., Cucuiat, V., Cukurova, M., Fercovic De la Presa, M., Luckin, R., Carr, A., Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Vines, J., Lawson, S. 17 May 2021, In: International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction
  • Development of an ethical roadmap, Craig, C., Wallace, J., Montague, K., Koulidou, N., Fisher, H., Carvalho, L., Groot, L., Trueman, J., Lawson, S., Morrissey, K., Duncan, T., South, J. 25 May 2021, In: Design for Health
  • Lanterns: Configuring a Digital Resource to Inspire Preschool Children's Free Play Outdoors, Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Çerçi, S., Lawson, S., Vines, J. 6 May 2021, Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, ACM
  • Broadening Exposure to Socio-Political Opinions via a Pushy Smart Home Device, Feltwell, T., Wood, G., Brooker, P., Rowland, S., Baumer, E., Long, K., Vines, J., Barnett, J., Lawson, S. 8 Jan 2020, Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20): April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA, ACM
  • Designing IoT Resources to Support Outdoor Play for Children, Dylan, T., Wood, G., Durrant, A., Vines, J., Torres, P., Ulrich, P., Cukurova, M., Carr, A., Cerci, S., Lawson, S. 21 Apr 2020, CHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM
  • Design research to support ongoingness, Wallace, J., Duncan, T., Lawson, S., Trueman, J., Montague, K., Carvalho, L., Groot, L., Craig, C., Fisher, H., Koulidou, N. 16 Jul 2020, In: Bereavement Care
  • ReFind: Design, Lived Experience and Ongoingness in Bereavement, Wallace, J., Montague, K., Duncan, T., Cavalho, L., Koulidou, N., Mahoney, J., Morrissey, K., Craig, C., Groot, L., Lawson, S., Olivier, P., Trueman, J., Fisher, H. 25 Apr 2020, Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’20): April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA, ACM
  • What's Your Problem with the Dog Internet?, Kirman, B., Lawson, S., Linehan, C. 25 Apr 2020, In: Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • ‘Blueprints’ physical to digital: curation of media to support ongoingness, Wallace, J., Koulidou, N., Duncan, T., Lawson, S., Trueman, J., Craig, C., Fisher, H., Morrissey, K., Montague, K., Welch, D. 22 Apr 2019, Fourth Biennial Research Through Design Conference
  • Designing for Digital Playing Out, Wood, G., Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Torres, P., Ulrich, P., Carr, A., Cukurova, M., Downey, D., McGrath, P., Balaam, M., Ferguson, A., Vines, J., Lawson, S. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), New York, NY, USA, ACM

PGR Supervision

  • Thomas Feltwell Agonistic Interfaces: Prompting Debate And Reflection On Socio-Political Issues Using Digital Technology Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 03/03/2021
  • Jamie Mahoney Engaging Social Media Users: Understanding Online Interactions in a Retail Context Start Date: 14/10/2016 End Date: 20/05/2021
  • Selina Sutton How to conduct sociophonetics research in online public video Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 28/09/2021
  • Effie Le Moignan The Family Snapshot: Parental Representations of Family and Children on Instagram Start Date: 01/06/2017 End Date: 24/10/2019
  • Garry Elvin Supporting mental health online in student populations Start Date: 01/06/2019
  • Andrew Turnbull The application of the Theory of Constraints in the Operation of Information Systems Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Chloe Kliman-Silver Dog, Object, or Furry Child? Examining how technology shapes our relationship with dogs. Start Date: 01/10/2019

Qualifications

  • Mechanical Engineering PhD June 30 1996
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) June 30 1990
  • Member British Computer Society (BCS) 2005


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