Balance Network Activities, September-December 2016

Below are brief descriptions of the recently funded Balance Network activities.  We are delighted to be working with each of the leads on such an exciting range of topics in a variety of formats. A downloadable flyer and a jpg of the activities are available at the bottom of this page.

CONVERSATION PIECES, two-hour design workshops, 12 & 13 December, 10 am to midday, London

A poster for this activity can be dowloaded below. Paulina Yurman, a PhD Student in Goldsmiths Design Department, will be hosting two-hour workshops in early December.  At each event, novel design proposals will be presented to participants, as semi-working artefacts or as images. The proposals will revolve around the tensions and ambivalences brought by digital devices in families with young children, as they blur the boundaries between work and play. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MANAGING TECHNOLOGY AROUND WORK AND LIFE: DESIGN CHALLENGES, design workshop, 13 December, Sheffield

Dr Luigina Ciolfi and Dr Eleanor Lockley of The Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University will design and lead research and networking activities regarding various strategies of technology appropriation that individuals implement to handle work and life demands. These activities will include a series of interviews followed by a design workshop on 13 December in Sheffield, featuring a keynote presentation by Professor Susanne Bødker (Aarhus University, Denmark). At the workshop participants will help create technology concepts to support work and home lives. Following the event, an interest group on work-life technology design will be established. For more information, visit the registration page, the website or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DIGITAL SCHOLARS IN A MOBILE WORLD, one-day research symposium exploring work-life balance in academic lifeworlds, 14 December, Kingston-upon-Hull

This symposium in early December, led by Josef Ploner & Anastasia Gouseti of the University of Hull, will gather UK-based early career academics from across the disciplines, working in the areas of higher education research, academic mobility and new/digital technologies within professional contexts. Speakers will include: Dr. Aparecido Fabiano Pinatti de Carvalho of Universität Siegen, Dr Jude Fransman of Open University, Dr Emily F. Henderson of University of Warwick and Prof Gail Kinman (University of Bedfordshire). At the event, participants will share current and ongoing research into work-life balance within academic contexts and begin to build a collaborative network in view of future research activities. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BALANCING WORK AND MILITARY SPOUSE LIFE IN THE DIGITAL AGE, 19 December, Northamptonshire

Dr Lisa Wood of Lancaster Medical School at Lancaster University, will lead a one-day workshop in collaboration with Tracy Hauver, a student at University of Liverpool. The workshop will explore opportunities and barriers in socio-digital support for military spouses and families. The hypermobility of this group provides a valuable site for exploration of new patterns of working and family life, the impacts of hyper mobility and the everyday use of digital technologies in family life.  During the workshop, participants will discussion possible digital futures and help generate priorities for future research.  After the New Year, Lisa and Tracy will continue the project with on-line focus groups. Spaces are extremely limited, but for more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CO-DESIGNING SMART OBJECTS FOR HEALTHIER OFFICE WORK BEHAVIOURS, half-day workshop on 19 October in Nottingham

Yitong Huang, a PhD student from the Horizon CDT, hosted a half-day workshop on October 19 to engage stakeholders of work health in co-designing novel behaviour change interventions, delivered with smart office objects that are digitally augmented with sensing and computing capabilities and connected to each. She introduced accessible tools for intervention development and rough prototyping techniques (e.g. ideation card, sketches, plug-and-play sensors) to facilitate collaborative thinking and exchange of multidisciplinary perspectives to this issue. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

THREE CAFÉS: EXPERIENTIAL ARTISTIC RESEARCH EXPLORING INTER-RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND WELLBEING - 23 November & 28 November, Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin University’s Marina Velez, Davide Natalini, and Debby Lauder are leading a trio of experimental interventions, designed to open up discursive spaces for interactive and experiential research as to how digital technology increasingly serves to shape our perception, determine our communication, frame our identity, inform our self-awareness and underpin our social interactions. The three events will be  about embracing technology ("Lift Off" on 23 Nov, 4-6pm, Espresso Library, Cambridge), avoiding technology ("I Feel Luck" on 23 Nov, CB2 Cafe, 6-8pm, Cambridge) and a final discussion of technology and work-life balance (28 Nov, 6-8pm, Thirsty, Cambridge). For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ICT SKILLS AND ONLINE PLATFORMS FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION, workshop and evidence-based paper, workshop: 28 November afternoon, Coventry

Dr Sally-Anne Barnes and Professor Anne Green of University of Warwick and Professor Leela Damodaran of Loughborough University are drafting an evidence-based paper focusing on the skills and attributes needed to successfully gain and sustain work via online platforms. A workshop with experts and local/national policy makers will be held as part of this project. For more information, and if you are interested in contributing, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 THE ROLE OF MICRO BOUNDARIES FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE, individual diary studies & intervention workshops, workshops: 1, 3 & 5 December, London,

Marta E. Cecchinato, PhD student, and Dr Anna L. Cox of UCL have received funding to gain insight into the use of “microboundaries” by knowledge workers who are experiencing work-life balance challenges. Microboundaries limit the negative effects of work-life cross-overs, such as the interrupting effect of notifications at inopportune moments.  The diary studies will be organized in November with the Intervention workshops in December.  There are websites set up to learn more about both the diary studies and workshops. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WORK-LIFE BALANCE WITHIN THE IT PROFESSION, half-day seminar with the British Computer Society, 7 December afternoon, Portsmouth 

Dr Penny Hart, Dr Penny Ross and Dr Carl Adams of the School of Computing at University of Portsmouth received funding to attend the World IT project committee meeting in August.  They will be running a Balance Network seminar co-hosted by the British Computer Society (BCS) on 7 December. The team will be analysing the World IT project’s extensive survey of IT professionals, which captured cultural and contextual differences across the technology workforce, from a work-life balance perspective.  For more information, visit their registration page or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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