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Prof Shaun Lawson

Head of Department

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

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After doing a postdoc at the University of Surrey, he took up his first academic post at in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University in 2000. In 2005 he moved to Lincoln first as a Senior Lecturer, then Reader and he was appointed the UK’s first Professor in social computing in 2011.

His research primarily explores the use and significance of social media, and other digital services, in people’s lives and he has conducted applied work in areas such as health and wellbeing, politics and activism, and sustainability. His current focus is on the convergence of broadcast and social media in political and societal context and on how technology is used is support mental health, wellbeing and social support and cohesion.

He has held grants totalling over £2million in the past 5 years from funders such as EPSRC, ESRC, the EU and Microsoft Research and is the author, or co-author, of over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

He was Chair of British HCI 2015 and is the founding chair of the UK’s SIGCHI chapter.

Campus Address

Room 215
Pandon Building


  • Mechanical Engineering PhD June 30 1996
  • Member British Computer Society (BCS) 2005

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • IoT Resources for Outdoor Play, Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Wood, G., Vines, J., Lawson, S. 4 May 2019, CHI’19 Extended Abstracts, ACM
  • 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, New York, NY, ACM
  • Designing Second-Screening Experiences for Social Co-Selection and Critical Co-Viewing of Reality TV, Feltwell, T., Wood, G., Rowland, S., Long, K., Elsden, C., Brooker, P., Vines, J., Briggs, P., Barnett, J., Lawson, S. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New york, NY, ACM
  • ‘Blueprints’ physical to digital, 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
  • Feeling Alone Among 317 Million Others, Mahoney, J., Le Moignan, E., Long, K., Barreto, M., Wilson, M., Barnett, J., Vines, J., Lawson, S. 24 Mar 2019, In: Computers in Human Behavior
  • Play Poles, Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Wood, G., Cerci, S., Downey, D., Scott, J., Vines, J., Lawson, S. 21 Mar 2019, Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2019
  • Monzo + IFTTT, Feltwell, T., Elsden, C., Vines, J., Lawson, S. 13 Mar 2019, Proceedings of the CHI 2019 workshop on Automation XP '19 (AutomationXP '19), ACM
  • Recipes for Programmable Money, Elsden, C., Feltwell, T., Lawson, S., Vines, J. 5 Feb 2019, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
  • 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
  • Coping with loneliness at University, Vasileiou, K., Barnett, J., Barreto, M., Vines, J., Atkinson, M., Long, K., Bakewell, L., Lawson, S., Wilson, M. 29 Nov 2018, In: Mental Health and Prevention

PGR Supervision

  • Thomas Feltwell Start: 01/03/2017
  • Jamie Mahoney Start: 14/10/2016
  • Andrew Turnbull Start: 01/10/2018
  • Effie Le Moignan The Family Snapshot: Parental Representations of Family and Children on Instagram Start: 01/06/2017
  • Selina Sutton Start: 01/03/2017


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