Toni Robertson
Professor Toni Robertson
Professor, FEIT, Co-Director Lab

Toni Robertson established the Interaction Design and Work Practice Lab in 2002. Her research has focused on how an understanding of actual human activities (including, for example, work and cognition) can be developed and then used to design technology that is both useful and appropriate for its use. She is a specialist in the application of qualitative and participatory research and design methods and the use of phenomenological perspectives to understand actual human experience of technology use.Read more about Toni’s work on her page:

Dr Tuck Wah Leong
Dr Tuck Wah Leong
Senior Lecturer, FEIT, Co-Director Lab

Tuck works at the intersection between the computational sciences, music, and social sciences. He is interested in people’s experiences with digital technologies. His work aims to develop better understandings of how various digital technologies shape our activities, our interactions with others, as well as our sense of self and well being, in order to explore ways to better design future technologies. More specifically, he thinks about applications of computing to support meaningful, engaging and fulfilling  experiences (e.g. serendipity, coincidence, social connectivity), especially through people’s interactions with music. Tuck often works in multidisciplinary teams, contributing to knowledge in HCI, Design Research, Participatory Design, and Social Computing.Go to to learn more about Tuck.

Julia Prior
Dr Julia Prior
Lecturer FEIT

Julia is a full-time lecturer in the School of Software, teaching database design, and an Early Career Researcher in the IDHUP lab and HCTD research centre. Her PhD thesis is an ethnography of software developers. She used a longitudinal study of professional software developers in an Australian company to develop an understanding and characterisation of software development as it is practiced in the workplace. The crux of the research is the embodied work of professional software developers, their lived experience of their daily work. Rather than looking to established theory of software development to investigate this issue, she researched it as situated action — observing professional software developers in their workplace and examining their work practice where and while it occurred.
Julia’s research is strongly human-centred in that it explores technically-savvy people’s engagement with technology, where this engagement has the specific purpose of producing more technology (i.e. the development of software products). Further, it is research that aims to challenge the artificial dichotomy between ‘soft’ people and ‘hard’ technology by focusing on the use of specific technology by people as situated action and by advocating ethical technology design.

Anita Gisch
Anita Gisch
PhD Candidate, FEIT

Anita Gisch is a PhD candidate investigating the role of ICT in modern workplaces, especially with regard to the potential impact of ‘cloud’ solutions for small and medium sized businesses in Australia. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Victoria in Canada and a Masters of Business Administration from UTS. Over the last 10 years she has also led major national and international projects in social research, health promotion and community engagement.

Susan Hansen
Susan Hansen
PhD Candidate, FEIT

Susan Hansen is a PhD candidate investigating the role of ICT (Information Communications Technologies) for delivering services to underserved communities. In her previous role as a researcher for the CSIRO ICT Centre she was involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of telemedicine systems to facilitate the delivery of health services to rural and regional Australia. Her current thesis involves working in partnership with Rhodes University in South Africa to explore how ICT’s can facilitate the delivery of health, education and other fundamental services to rural South Africa.

Dean Hargreaves
Dean Hargreaves
PhD Candidate, FEIT

Dean is passionate about the potential for technology to help people live in ways that are more enjoyable, meaningful, informed, connected, healthy and dignified. He has 10 years experience as an information systems researcher with Australia’s CSIRO, where he led a portfolio of research that investigated collaboration technologies to support remote group work. This included investigating the use of low-cost, low-bandwidth ICT to connect Australian agricultural researchers to their counterparts in rural Indonesia, South Africa and Bangladesh. Dean also established and led CSIRO’s CeNTIE Regional Australia pilot – that designed, developed and evaluated two high-bandwidth showcase applications: 1. a high-definition video based collaborative education platform that connected rural Tasmanian communities to mainland educational institutions, and; 2. a clinical grade remote tele-health system (ECHONET) that connected regional Tasmanian hospitals to urban based cardiologists. Dean holds a Bachelor or Arts in Film and Media and a Master of Philosophy in Computer Science from the University of Queensland. His PhD research concerns everyday planning and decision-making with a significant case study on travel planning.

Jane Li
PhD Candidate, FEIT

Jane is a research scientist at CSIRO ICT Centre. She works in the interface field of designing and applying information technologies to workplaces. Her PhD explores how new interaction technologies can be designed to enhance the collaboration and interaction in complex applications. Her research involves a series of studies in understanding the work practices and using socio-technical insights to inform the design and implementation of interaction technologies facilitating distributed information sharing and decision- making.

Lian Loke

Dr Lian Loke
Adjunct, FEIT and Senior Lecturer, Design Lab, University of Sydney
Lian’s research and creative practice is interdisciplinary and spans the arts, design and human-computer interaction. She places the lived body at the core of inquiry into contemporary issues and emerging technologies. Her creative works incorporate performance and installation to engage and critique new technologies. Her research interests lie in understanding the lived experience of people interacting with emerging technologies and exploring how to design future products and systems from such understandings.

Jenny Edwards

Professor Jenny Edwards
Adjunct Professor, FEIT

John Leany

Associate Professor John Leaney
Adjunct Associate Professor, FEIT

Astrid Larssen

Dr Astrid Twenebowa Larssen
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Ashesi University College

Penny Hagen

Dr Penny Hagen
Independent Design Strategist

Dr Linda Leung
Senior Lecturer, IML

Theresa Anderson

Dr Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson
Lecturer, HSS

Tim Mansfield

Dr Tim Mansfield
Senior Researcher, Smart Services CRC, QUT


Dr Jeni Paay
Associate Professor, Aalborg University

Dr Jesper Kjeldskov
Associate Professor, Aalborg University

Kirsten Sadler

Dr Kirsten Sadler
Senior Adviser at KPMG Advisory

The Interaction Design and Human Practice Lab (IDHuP) is part of the Centre for Human Centred Technology Design Research (HCTD) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)