PhD Scholarship opportunities at SHU

My university, Sheffield Hallam University (UK), is currently inviting applications for funded PhD scholarships across a range of subject areas. This is a competitive process and applicants must satisfy a number of eligibility criteria.

Specifically, I will be supervising students in three areas:

Those who are interested in applying to study under my supervision are warmly invited to contact me directly to discuss their ideas and topics towards the application.

Full information on how to apply is detailed on the website. Deadline for applications is February 1st, 2018. Interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place in early March 2018. Successful applicants will enrol in September 2018.

New Publications in November 2017

Two new publications have appeared this November: first of all, a paper I have written with Marc McLoughlin on “Supporting Place-Specific Interaction Through a Physical/Digital Assembly”, published in the Human-Computer Interaction journal. It is fully open access, so anyone can read it at this link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07370024.2017.1399061

Secondly, the proceedings of the workshop on “Nomadic Cultures Beyond Work Practices” that I co-organised at ECSCW 2017 with Fabiano Pinatti, Chiara Rossitto, Airi Lampinen and Breda Gray are now published as a special issue of the International Reports on Socio-Informatics (IRSI) series: http://www.iisi.de/international-reports-on-socio-informatics-irsi/#c511

The workshop proceedings also include by short paper with Eleanor Lockley on “Work-Life Strategies on the Move: Reconfiguring Boundaries”: http://www.iisi.de/fileadmin/IISI/upload/IRSI/2017Vol14Iss3/5_ciolfi-lockley_irsi_v14_n3.pdf

New Book: “Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges”

The book I have edited with my meSch project colleagues Areti Damala, Eva Hornecker, Monika Lechner and Laura Maye has now been published by Routledge. “Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies and Challenges” collects  ideas from different disciplines, cultures, methods and goals, to inspire scholars and practitioners involved in community heritage projects.

Cultural heritage communities of interest have increasingly expanded from cultural heritage professionals to volunteers, special interest groups and independent citizen-led initiative groups. Digital technology has also increasingly impacted cultural heritage by affording novel experiences of it – it features in a number of activities for all the aforementioned groups, as well as acting as support for visitors to cultural heritage centres. With different degrees of formality and training, these communities are increasingly defining and taking ownership of what is of value to them, thus reconfiguring the care, communication, interpretation and validation of heritage. Digital technology has played a crucial role in this transformative process.

In a fully international context, cultural heritage practitioners, community champions and academics from different fields of study have contributed to the book. Each chapter brings to the fore the multiple relationships between heritage, communities and technologies as a focus of study and reflection in an inclusive way. Contributions touch upon present and future opportunities for technology, as well as participatory design processes with different stakeholders.

CSCW 2017 Best Paper Award

It’s been a fantastic honour to receive a Best Paper Award at CSCW 2017 for the paper co-authored by Fabiano Pinatti, myself and Breda Gray “Detailing a Spectrum of Motivational Forces Shaping Nomadic Practices”. The paper is based on Fabiano‘s doctoral work as part of the “Nomadic Work/Life” project at the University of Limerick, and can be found on ACM Digital Library or by emailing me. Fabiano (now at the University of Siegen) did the honours presenting the work at the conference in Portland.
Abstract: “Recent CSCW research has shown that nomadicity can be seen as a dynamic process that emerges as people engage with practices supporting them in the mobilisation of their workplace to accomplish work in and across different locations. This paper elaborates on the emergent aspects of the process by detailing a spectrum of motivational and contextual forces that surround and shape nomadic practices. The paper contributes to existing CSCW literature on nomadicity and extends it by articulating the complex intersections of motive and context that shape nomadic practices. The findings that the paper presents emerged from an ethnographic study of a group of academics and their nomadic work/life practices.”