Professor Abigail Durrant

Abi is Chair of Interaction Design and Co-Director of Open Lab, an interdisciplinary group of over 80 members researching human-computer interaction and the challenges and opportunities for social innovation supported by digital technologies. Abi is also Co-Director of the EPSRC Digital Civics Doctoral Training Programme and Co-Director of the new EPSRC Centre for Digital Citizens, to be launched in Spring 2021. Abi’s research, based in Digital Health and Wellbeing, is grounded in participatory, design-led methodologies, addressing challenges that we face for managing self-expression and self-care in our everyday interactions with data. She was previously Co-I on EPSRC Charting the Digital Lifespan (EP/L00383X/1), investigating online identity management during major life transitions. She has 20+ years’ professional experience in human-centred design research, previously running a design research consultancy with clients in Healthcare, Telecommunications, Consumer Goods, and Government agencies.