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Dr Marta Cecchinato

Assistant Professor

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

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  • Close but Not Too Close: Distance and Relevance in Designing Games for Reflection, Iacovides, I., Cutting, J., Beeston, J., Cecchinato, M., Mekler, E., Cairns, P. 31 Oct 2022, In: The Proceedings of the ACM on Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Design Opportunities for Freelancing Platforms: Online Freelancers’ Views on a Worker-Centred Design Fiction, Alvarez De La Vega, J., Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J. 8 Jun 2022, CHIWORK 2022 , New York, US, ACM
  • The end of the active work break? Remote work, sedentariness and the role of technology in creating active break-taking norms, Rudnicka, A., Cook, D., Cecchinato, M., Gould, S., Newbold, J., Cox, A. Jun 2022, CHIWORK 2022 , New York, US, ACM
  • The new normals of work: a framework for understanding responses to disruptions created by new futures of work, Newbold, J., Rudnicka, A., Cook, D., Cecchinato, M., Gould, S., Cox, A. 2 Nov 2022, In: Human-Computer Interaction
  • Active and Passive Research through Social Media: The Case for Repurposing Reddit, Instagram and WhatsApp Features in HCI Research Practices, Alvarez De La Vega, J., Cecchinato, M., Lambton-Howard, D., Harrison, D. 15 May 2021, Workshop: Social Media as a Design and Research Site in HCI
  • A Special Interest Group on Designed and Engineered Friction in Interaction, Gould, S., Chuang, L., Iacovides, I., Garaialde, D., Cecchinato, M., Cowan, B., Cox, A. 8 May 2021, Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc
  • Digital Living and its Impact on Cognition – Healthy or Harmful?, Steeds, M., Cecchinato, M., Sas, C., Clinch, S. Jul 2021, Proceedings of the 34th British HCI Workshop and Doctoral Consortium 2021, BCS Learning & Development
  • How Design Researchers Interpret Probes: Understanding the Critical Intentions of a Designerly Approach to Research, Cerci, S., Cecchinato, M., Vines, J. 6 May 2021, CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, ACM
  • Introduction to the Special Issue on First-Person Methods in HCI, Desjardins, A., Tomico, O., Lucero, A., Cecchinato, M., Neustaedter, C. 23 Dec 2021, In: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
  • Prioritizing unread e-mails: people send urgent responses before important or short ones, Cox, A., Bird, J., Brumby, D., Cecchinato, M., Gould, S. 1 Oct 2021, In: Human-Computer Interaction

  • Lauren Scott The role that mis/disinformation has in family relationships and conflicts in the household Start Date: 25/08/2022
  • Juan Alvarez De La Vega Understanding the Impacts of Gig Economy Platforms on Freelancers’ Work Practices Start Date: 18/03/2021

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