March Bulletin: Selected News Stories

  11 March 2016

A slightly belated Happy Mothers Day to the mums in our Network!  We have two exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, and we hope to see you there. And a big thanks to all the organisers and attendees of our recent events. As always, please pass this email along to anyone you think might be interested in the Balance Network, and contact us if you have anything for inclusion in the bulletin.

•Upcoming Balance Network Activities: Business Travel, 13 Apr
•Upcoming Balance Network Activities: E-resilience, 21 Apr
•Upcoming Balance Network Activities: Rhythms, routines and relationships webinars, 18 Mar / 6 Apr
•Balance Network Meet-up at this year’s CHI in San Jose, May 2016
•Digital Brain Switch videos launched
•Material Desires webpage
•Going off the grid full recording and BBC interview
•Funding Opportunity: BPS Sections
•Related events: UEA methodological workshop and i-Society conference
•Recent publications

Upcoming Balance Network Activities: Business Travel, 13 Apr
Business Travel, Mobile ICTs and work-life balance: Day Workshop and Research Network Building, The Wesley (central London, near Euston Station)
A few spaces are still available for this one day research event exploring opportunities for research on how the use of Mobile ICTs by business travellers affects their experience of work life balance. The event will be a forum for discussion of research issues and agendas between academics, and a range of industry and policy stakeholders (including train operating companies, and business travel management firms). The event has two distinct elements. Firstly, there is a seminar-based element involving presentations by a number of senior academics. Secondly, there will be a networking and research generation element to facilitate agendas for conducting future research on business travel, ICT and work-life balance. One key aim of the event is to begin developing collaborative approaches to research capacity building for future external funding opportunities and stakeholder engagement. To register for the event, email one of the event organizers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). A small number of travel bursaries are available to help PhD early career research attend the event.

Upcoming Balance Network Activities: E-resilience, 21 Apr
E-Resilience Conference: A transdisciplinary approach to building e-resilience: managing technology, Birkbeck University, London
Join Coventry University and the Switched On Culture Research Group (SOCRG) in exploring this important area of research. You will hear from high profile researchers, practitioners and industry experts about the emerging concept of e-resilience and its application and wide-ranging implications for well-being and performance. There will be a mix of keynote speaker, bite-size sessions and poster presentations which will increase your understanding of the challenges and opportunities. For more information, please visit the event website.

Upcoming Balance Network Activities: Rhythms, routines and relationships webinars, 18 Mar / 6 Apr
A series of webinars are currently being held to discuss the development of the "Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand" Working Paper series, an output from last November’s event. If you are interested in joining for one of the remaining webinars do contact the organiser Rachel Macrorie (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). The papers being discussed will be:
•18th March, 1-2.30pm: Are you in or are you out? The implications of digital inclusion/exclusion for design, work-life balance and user wellbeing [Buchanan, Robison, Whittle]
Breaking the rules: how code, algorithms and analytics (re)shape the smart agenda and everyday life [Kragh-Furbo, Macrorie, Morley]
•6th April, 1-2.30pm:        What does smart promise for work-life balance? [Foulds & Morosanu]
How are expectations of smart daily life negotiated between different actors? [Nilstad Pettersen & Wade]
video outlining the original Working Party event at University of Sheffield in Nov 2015 is also now available.

Balance Network Meet-up at this year’s CHI in San Jose, May 2016
As in previous years, the Network will be organising a meet-up of members at ACM CHI 2016, which is scheduled for May 7 – 12 in San Jose, CA, USA.  Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you will be attending and if you’re interested in joining the meet-up.

Digital Brain Switch videos launched!
Recent reports in the press about the proposed French legislation to protect workers who do not wish to check emails outside work hours, demonstrate French concern for how the erosion of boundaries between work and life from digital technologies is affecting their workers. Work by the Digital Brain Switch (DBS) team, illustrated in these two short videos shows how these work-life boundaries are changing. We are no longer talking about a single work-life divide, but about little, increasingly invisible, boundaries; and there are consequences of that shift, which both workers and employers need to seriously consider. Specifically, what DBS research is pointing out, is that in order to achieve the work-life balance, workers need to go offline on a regular basis, and employers should respect the right of employees to switch off.  The Balance Network was delighted to support the making of these videos.

Material Desires webpage
new webpage detailing the activities and outcomes of the Material Desires Workshop which took place on 17 Feb at Goldsmiths, is now available. At the workshop, designers, researchers, PhD students, anthropologists and practitioners of various disciplines gathered for the Material Desires workshop, where they explored of the home/work divide. The event was excellently led by PhD student Paulina Yurman.

Going off the grid full recording and BBC interview available
Dr. Barbara Neuhofer and Prof Adele Ladkin’s Mar 9 event at Bournemouth University was well-attended by students, practitioners, academics, and industry professionals.  The full event was recorded and is available.  The organisers were interviewed by BBC Radio Solent and that clip can be found between 01:23-01:30.

Funding Opportunity: BPS Sections
BN members may be interested to know about the Sections of the British Psychological Society. BPS provides grants of up to £15,000 for the Sections to support scientific initiatives that promote or advance psychology (including events, short-term research and innovation in methods) . The closing date for this year’s applications is 1 September.

Related events: UEA methodological workshop and i-Society conference
Technological innovation: methodological innovation, 23 March, 10am - 4pm, University of East Anglia
This advanced qualitative methods symposium will showcase and critically examine exemplars of participation in qualitative research projects, with a particular focus on socio-material relations between humans and technology. The programme will mix parallel plenaries and workshops allowing time for networking and sharing of ideas. For further information or register your interest contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

International Conference on Information Society (i-Society), October 10-13, Dublin, Ireland
The mission of i-Society 2016 conference is to provide opportunities for collaboration of professionals and researchers to share existing and generate new knowledge in the field of information society. The conference encapsulates the concept of interdisciplinary science that studies the societal and technological dimensions of knowledge evolution in digital society. The i-Society bridges the gap between academia and industry with regards to research collaboration and awareness of current development in secure information management in the digital society. The i-Society 2016 themes are Cyber Security and Internet of Things (IoT).

Recent publications
Digital ethnographies
A review essay by Paul Atkinson entitled Digital ethnographies was recently published in the journal Qualitative Research. The review looks at four recent papers:  Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada’s West Coast; Concrete and Dust: Mapping the Sexual Terrains of Los Angeles; Water in a Dry Land: Place-Learning Through Art and Story; and Digital Drama: Teaching and Learning Art and Media in Tanzania.

Future Living Report
Samsung SmartThings, has conduct researched into the future of living an published the Future Living Report. The report addresses such questions as: given the advances already in motion now, what can we expect to see in 100 years’ time? How will we live; how will we work; how will we relax?

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