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Abigail Durrant


I am an interaction designer and researcher predominantly working in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I teach Interaction Design at Northumbria. My research addresses the significant design challenges that we face for managing identity in our everyday interactions with digital technologies and personal data. I have explored the digital representation of selfhood in the context of family relationships and legacies, major life transitions, memorialization, cultural heritage, human rights media, and personal identity management. I am particularly interested in the health implications of managing a digitally-mediated self. I am Principal Investigator for the EPSRC-funded project ‘INTUIT: Interaction Design for Trusted Sharing of Personal Health Data to Live Well with HIV’ (EP/R033900/1), a design-led programme that aims to understand and address issues of trust, identity and privacy that are experienced by people living with HIV when sharing self-generated data with clinicians, peers, and others, for the purposes of self-managing their condition. I’m also Co-I on EPSRC Playing Out with IOT (EP/P025544/2), exploring an outdoor design space for children’s creative free play with Internet of Things. My work is grounded in cocreative, experience-centered, and research-through-design approaches, working closely with non-academic partners to define and conduct research.






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Spaa, A., Durrant, A., Elsden, C., Vines, J. (Forthcoming) ‘Understanding the Boundaries between Policymaking and HCI’. In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), New York: ACM Press.


Wood, G., Dylan, T., Durrant, A. et al. (Forthcoming) ‘Designing for Digital Playing Out’. In Proceedings of CHI 2019, ACM Press.



Whitham, R., Moreton, S., Speed, C., Durrant, A. (2018) Understanding, capturing and assessing value in collaborative design researchCoDesign, 13(4).


Durrant, A. C., and Taylor, A. S. (2018) ‘Modelling cells in risky comakings and devious worlds‘. In Proceedings of EASST 2018 – Making Science, Technology and Society Together, European Association for the Study of Science and Technology.


Durrant, A. C., Moncur, W. M., Kirk, D. S., Trujillo Pisanty, D., Taylor, R., Orzech, K. (2018) ‘Rich pictures for stakeholder dialogue: A polyphonic picture book’. Design Studies (Special DRS 2016 50th Anniversary Section), Elsevier.


Durrant, A. C., Kirk, D. S., Trujillo-Pisanty, D., Martindale, S. (2018) ‘Admixed Portrait: Design to Understand Facebook Portrayals in New Parenthood’. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018), ACM Press.


Durrant, A. C. and Kirk, D. S. (2018) ‘On Ethical Responsiveness: Being Answerable to Others as an HCI Researcher‘. Interacting with Computers, Oxford University Press.


Durrant, A. C., Golembewski, M., Kirk, D. S. (2018) Sketching the Polyphonic Design Space of Theme Parks. In Funology 2.0. Springer International Publishing.


Kirk, D. S., Durrant, A. C., Kosem, J., Reeves, S. (2018) ‘Spomenik: Resurrecting Voices in the Woods‘. In Mortality and Design— a special issue. Design Issues, 34(1), MIT Press.


Orzech, K. M., Moncur, W., Durrant, A., Trujillo-Pisanty, D. (2018) ‘Opportunities and challenges of the digital lifespan: views of service providers and citizens in the UK‘. Information, Communication & Society, 21 (1), pp. 14-29. DOI: 0.1080/1369118X.2016.1257043



Durrant, A. C., Vines, J., Wallace, J., Yee, J. R. (2017) ‘Editorial: Research through Design: Makers and Materialities’ Design Issues, 33(3), MIT Press.


Elsden, C., Durrant, A. C., Chatting, D., Kirk, D. (2017) Designing Documentary Informatics. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ’17), ACM Press, 649-661.


Orzech, K. M., Moncur, W., Durrant, A. C., James, S., Collomosse, J. (2017) ‘Digital photographic practices as expressions of personhood and identity: variations across school leavers and recent retirees‘. Visual Studies 32 (4), 313-328.


Durrant, A. C., Kirk, D. S., Trujillo Pisanty, D., Moncur, W., Orzech, K., Schofield, T., Elsden, C., Chatting, D., Monk, A. (2017) ‘Transitions in Digital Personhood: Online Activity in Early Retirement‘. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), ACM Press, 6398-6411.


Elsden, C., Chatting, D., Durrant, A. C., Nissen, B., Garbett, A., Vines, J., Kirk, D.S. (2017) ‘On Speculative Enactments‘. In Proceedings of CHI 2017, ACM Press, 5386-5399.


Durrant, A., Kirk, D. S., Wallace, J., Bowen, S., Reeves, S., Ljungblad, S. (2017) ‘Problems in Practice: Understanding Design Research by Critiquing Cases‘. In Proc. of CHI 2017, ACM, 636-643.


Elsden, C., Durrant, A., O’Kane, A., Marshall, P., Fleck, R., Rooksby, J., Lupton, D. (2017) ‘Quantified Data & Human Relationships‘. In Proc. of CHI 2017, ACM, 644-651.


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