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Dr John Rooksby

Assistant Professor

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Dr Rooksby received his degree and PhD in Computer Science from Manchester University, UK. He has held research positions at institutions including the University of Glasgow and University of St Andrews.

His research interests are in Human Computer Interaction, Software Engineering, Games and Digital Health. He has a portfolio of research spanning these disciplines from funders including NIHR, EPSRC and the EU. His work often focuses on the development and evaluation of novel technologies and primarily takes qualitative, person-centered approaches including co-design, ethnography and user-centered engineering. He has published several award winning papers in venues including ACM CHI on topics including personal tracking, digital phenotyping and public health. His teaching centers on Web and Mobile development using languages including JavaScript. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

John Rooksby

My research interests are in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Digital Health. I am particularly interested in the development and evaluation of novel technologies for personal and public health, and in understanding the role and significance of health technologies in the contexts of people's everyday lives. 

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  • How European Fans in Training (EuroFIT), a lifestyle change program for men delivered in football clubs, achieved its effect: A mixed methods process evaluation embedded in a randomised controlled trial, Bunn, C., Palmer, V., Chng , N., Andersen, E., Gray, C., Hunt, K., Jelsma, J., Morgan, H., Nijhuis-van der Sanden, M., Pereira, H., Philpott, M., Roberts, G., Rooksby, J., Røynesdal, Ø., Silva, M., Sorensen, M., Teixeira, P., Van Achterberg, T., Van De Glind, I., van Mechelen, W., van Nassau, F., van der Ploeg, H., Wyke, S. 20 Mar 2023, In: BMC Public Health
  • Understanding Platform-Mediated Work-Life: A Diary Study with Gig Economy Freelancers, Alvarez De La Vega, J., Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J., Newbold, J. 16 Apr 2023, In: Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
  • 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
  • “Why lose control?” A Study of Freelancers’ Experiences with Gig Economy Platforms, Alvarez De La Vega, J., Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J. 6 May 2021, CHI '21, New York, ACM
  • Design Opportunities for Digital Men’s Health: An Exploratory Study Focusing on Football Fandom, Rooksby, J., Cecchinato, M., Asadzadeh Birjandi, P., Philpott, M., Bunn, C. 3 Jul 2020, DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, New York, NY, ACM
  • The Gig Economy in Times of COVID-19: Designing for Gig Workers’ Needs, Alvarez De La Vega, J., Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J. 5 Aug 2020, Microsoft New Future of Work
  • An N-of-1 Evaluation Framework for Behaviour Change Applications, McCallum, C., Rooksby, J., Asadzadeh Birjandi, P., Gray, C., Chalmers, M. 2 May 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, ACM
  • Design-for-error for a stand-alone child attachment assessment tool, Rooksby, M., Vo, D., Rooksby, J., Tayarani, M., Huan, R., Vinciarelli, A., Minnis, H., Brewster, S. 2 May 2019, Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, ACM
  • Designing for Digital Wellbeing: A Research & Practice Agenda, Cecchinato, M., Rooksby, J., Hiniker, A., Munson, S., Lukoff, K., Ciolfi, L., Thieme, A., Harrison, D. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '19), New York, NY, USA, ACM
  • Student Perspectives on Digital Phenotyping: The Acceptability of Using Smartphone Data to Assess Mental Health, Rooksby, J., Morrison, A., Murray-Rust, D. 2 May 2019, Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York, NY, ACM


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