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Dr Mina Vasalou
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL
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Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Culture, Communication & Media
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography

I am a designer and human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher. The work I do is interdisciplinary cutting across psychology, information science, interaction design, education and technology studies. Before entering academia, I worked in industry as a visual and interaction designer.  I have a PhD in HCI/Computer-mediated Communication from Imperial College London. My research was funded by the EU network of excellence, Humaine. I have a MSc in HCI and BFA in interactive media. Between 2009-2011 I was a post-doctoral researcher for the EPSRC project Privacy Value Networks at the School of Management of the University of Bath working on privacy, trust and identity. In 2011, I moved to the University of Birmingham’s HCI Centre in Computer Science as a Tenure-Track Research Fellow/Lecturer. In 2013, I joined the UCL Knowledge Lab at the UCL Institute of Education where I am a senior lecturer.

Research Summary

My research interests are oriented by a value-sensitive approach to technology. I work at the intersection of social science and interaction design using insights from one to inform the other. For more information on my research, please visit my personal website @luminainteractive.com

Teaching Summary

I teach and supervise on the Masters Programme in Education and Technology at the UCL IOE (UCL Knowledge Lab). The courses I currently teach are:
  • Researching Digital Learning
  • Digital Design Thinking and Making 
Besides my MA student supervision responsibilities, I supervise several PhD projects that draw on the following topics:
  • Disability and design
  • Interaction design research for learning technologies
  • Games-based learning
  • Design approaches and methods

Appointments
2015 Senior Lecturer Culture, Communication and Media UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
2013 – 2015 Lecturer Culture, Communication and Media Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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