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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


Qualifications

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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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. 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
  • 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
  • ‘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
  • 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
  • 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, CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • Feeling Alone Among 317 Million Others, Mahoney, J., Le Moignan, E., Long, K., Barreto, M., Wilson, M., Barnett, J., Vines, J., Lawson, S. 1 Sep 2019, In: Computers in Human Behavior
  • IoT Resources for Outdoor Play, Dylan, T., Durrant, A., Wood, G., Vines, J., Lawson, S. 4 May 2019, CHI’19 Extended Abstracts, ACM
  • 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

PGR Supervision

  • Selina Sutton Start: 01/03/2017
  • Effie Le Moignan The Family Snapshot: Parental Representations of Family and Children on Instagram Start: 01/06/2017
  • Garry Elvin Start: 01/06/2019
  • Andrew Turnbull Start: 01/10/2018
  • Chloe Kliman-Silver Start: 01/10/2019
  • Thomas Feltwell Agonistic Interfaces: Prompting Debate And Reflection On Socio-Political Issues Using Digital Technology Start: 01/03/2017
  • Jamie Mahoney Engaging Social Media Users: Understanding Online Interactions in a Retail Context Start: 14/10/2016


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