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How Can We Balance Research, Participation and Innovation as HCI Researchers?

Lechelt, Susan; Elsden, Chris; Helgason, Ingi; Panneels, Inge; Smyth, Michael; Speed, Chris; Terras, Melissa


Susan Lechelt

Chris Elsden

Chris Speed

Melissa Terras


This paper reflects upon the growing expectation for HCI research projects to collaborate closely with partners in industry and civil society. Specifically, we suggest that this type of engagement is often prefigured around the agendas, needs and capacity of diverse research partners, which researchers must then carefully negotiate. We explore this by describing a case of a recent large UK research project called Creative Informatics, where our research and co-design activities are heavily influenced by the UK’s Industrial Strategy. As researchers just beginning to work on this project, we call attention to its initial challenges. By doing so, we invite future-oriented discussion about how existing and new research approaches - ranging from participatory design approaches to reflective frameworks - might evolve to meet the challenges of projects where industrial and social impact is equally important to research impact.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name The Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019
Start Date Nov 19, 2019
End Date Nov 20, 2019
Acceptance Date Jul 26, 2019
Publication Date Nov 19, 2019
Deposit Date Nov 29, 2019
Publicly Available Date Nov 29, 2019
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Book Title Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019
ISBN 9781450372039
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