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Prof Anna Cox
66-72 Gower Street
  • Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
  • UCL Interaction Centre
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Summary

New digital technology permits working at home for many knowledge workers. It also enables 1.3M Britons to work in the 'gig economy', where workers find and arrange work on crowd platforms like Uber. Greater flexibility over when and where work is done comes at a cost: juggling work with other activities and obligations. Constant switching between these different spheres can be overwhelming. For example, opening a laptop to watch Netflix might result in an urgent work message being read, and so disrupting a relaxing evening in. These digital intrusions that result from being always-on can be stressful and lead to burnout, costing the global economy £255bn.

My research addresses: factors that impact getting work done (including task design, and personal task management); being always-on (including dealing with interruptions, and digital work-life boundary management); and digital support for when people are struggling with these (including strategies for managing digital boundaries, interventions to aid focus, dealing with work-related stress through playing games, taking breaks and engaging in physical activity, and supporting self-efficacy).

Teaching Summary

01-OCT-2017 Professor UCL Interaction Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2013 – 30-SEP-2017 Reader UCL Interaction Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2009 – 30-SEP-2013 Senior Lecturer UCL Interaction Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-APR-2004 – 30-SEP-2009 Lecturer UCL Interaction Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2002 – 31-MAR-2004 Lecturer Computer Science University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Academic studies in Higher Education University of Hertfordshire
2002 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Cognitive Science University of Hertfordshire
1998 MSc Master of Science – Human-computer Interaction Queen Mary and Westfield College
1997 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Cognitive Science University of Hertfordshire
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