School of Computing Science

Staff Profiles

Dr John Vines

Lecturer (Interaction Design Methods)


I'm a Lecturer in Interaction Design Methods within the School of Computing Science, based in Open Lab. I teach and supervise as part of our Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics, and lead and contribute to a number of projects exploring novel design methods for performing participatory research with members of the public in the context of developing new community and user-driven public and private services. My research focuses on developing new ways of engaging people in thinking about the implications of future technologies (such as using film and theatre to provoke responses to fictional future situations). I also work with colleagues on deploying new technologies for people to play with and explore (such as the Google Glass) before reflecting with them the ways in which future technology might enhance their lives.

I also have ongoing research into design theory, methods for participatory and co-design, technology to support and question ageing, and inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives on design. This includes exploring what the term 'participation' means in the context of digital interaction and HCI, questioning why and how we include people in the design process, and what all this might mean in a period where boundaries between disciplines are increasingly blurred.

Before joining Newcastle University I was a Senior Research Assistant at Northumbria University’s School of Design where I was the lead RA on the ‘New Approaches to Banking for the Older Old’ project. On this project - a collaboration between York, Northumbria and Newcastle Universities - I worked with computer scientists, financial experts, ethnographers, psychologists, designers and, most importantly, our ‘eighty somethings’, in a participatory and experience-centred approach to design. As a result we developed a number of novel technologies and services along with guidance on future policy to enable the needs and desires of our eighty-something-year-old collaborators be better supported by the UK banking industry. Prior to this project I completed my PhD with Transtechnology Research at the University of Plymouth. During my doctoral research I spent time working within gerontology, social science, cognitive science and neuroscience to better understand notions of cognition and embodiment as they relate to ageing and the design theory and practice surrounding inclusive design and HCI.

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