Who we are

The Balance Network came out of an interdisciplinary workshop, with academics from across psychology, human-computer interaction, computing, sociology, marketing and education.

Dr. Rosie Robison – Principal Investigator, Balance Network

Rosie is a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, and co-leads the Balance Network. She is also a Co-Investigator on one of the network's founding projects (Digital Epiphanies). With a background in mathematics, she is interested in our personal responses to information, and applies this in a variety of fields with a particular focus on sustainability.

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Dr. David Kirk – Co-Investigator, Balance Network

David is a Senior Lecturer in Experience-Centred Design, in the Digital Interaction Group, School of Computing Science, at Newcastle University, and co-leads the Balance Network. He is also Principal Investigator on one of the network's founding projects (Family Rituals 2.0). He works in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) studying the design of interactive (computational) technologies. His main interests lie in exploring human experience and the ways in which technology design can be centred on rich understanding of user-experiences.

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Stephanie Cziczo – Communications Coordinator, Balance Network

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Stephanie is Communications Coordinator of the Balance Network and an MSc student at Anglia Ruskin University. She has extensive university experience, including events and communications for The Earth Institute, Columbia University.  She holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.



Beverly Leeds – Founding Principal Investigator, Balance Network

Beverly co-founded the Balance Network whilst Principal Lecturer and Lead Academic For E-Learning at the University of Central Lancashire. She has 18 years of experience in Higher Education and 16 years’ experience in the IT industry as a systems design consultant and project manager. She has worked with a wide range of organisations including MITSUBISHI, Rockwool, the BBC, ALCOA and the National Lottery. She retains links with industry by providing client projects for her students and setting authentic learning assessments based on real organisations.


Prof. Jon Whittle – Principal Investigator, Digital Brain Switch

Jon is a Professor in the School of Computing and Communications.  He is interested in using digital technologies to break down barriers and currently works on a number of projects, for example, crowdsourcing local opinions on public safety, serendipity in the digital world and citizen-led digital social innovation.

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Dr. Anna L Cox – Principal Investigator, Digital Epiphanies

Anna is a Reader in Human-Computer Interaction at University College London. Her current research falls in the broad area of HCI for Health & Wellbeing: this includes work on reducing human error in the use of medical devices, exploring the ways in which technology can influence digital practices that may affect wellbeing, and immersion and engagement in digital hobbies, such as games and citizen science projects, and their influence on post-work recovery.

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Past support

Greta Poskute – Research Assistant, Balance Network
Greta provided invaluable support in setting up the Balance Network website and social media feeds whilst a final year Public Relations student at University of Central Lancashire.




Louise Varley – Project Administrator, Balance Network
Louise provided support to Beverly Leeds as a Project Administrator during the set up of the Balance Network.

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