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With expertise in both human computer interaction (HCI) and software engineering (SE), I adopt agile and participatory methods to software systems design, and I investigate the role of human values in computing and of digital technology in environmental and societal change. I work across domains including public place design, bio-data sharing, and community renewables. I am an experienced team leader of large interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholders projects both within and outside academica, including Catalyst and Clasp focusing respectively on digital action for social change and personalised health IoT. I worked as the Principal Investigator of EPSRC-funded project Values-First SE and Co-investigator on Ensemble.

I joined QUB in 2021 from the School of Computing and Communications (SCC), Lancaster University, and I was twice awarded (2017, and 2018) a Senior Fellowship in Digital Sustainability at the DCI, University of Toronto, Canada. Before joining academia I worked as an Internet technology Officer, managing e-government projects for the European EEIG, ERNACT, focused on the social and economic development of EU crossborder regions through digital innovation.



  • 2002, PhD in Computer Science (On-line Intelligent Systems), Computing Department UCD, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1997, MSc in Multimedia Systems Design, Engineering Department, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 1995, BA/MA in Philosophy and Social Psychology, Universita' Cattolica, Milan, Italy.


  • 2021 - to date, Senior Lecturer, EEECS, Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • 2016/21, Lecturer, School of Computing and Communications (SCC), Lancaster University, UK
  • 2014/16, Research Fellow, SCC, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2009/14, Senior Research Associate, SCC, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2006/09, Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Arts, University of Ulster, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK.
  • 2002/06, Internet Technologies Officer, European Regional Network for the Application of Communication Technologies (ERNACT), Letterkenny, Republic of Ireland, IE.






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