Vasilis Vlachokyriakos

v.vlachokyriakos@newcastle.ac.uk | Research Associate

Vasilis Vlachokyriakos

My work centres on designing, developing and evaluating novel, digitally-enabled models of citizen participation that engage communities in developing the future of local service provision, decision-making and democracy.

I am currently running the Open Lab: Athens initiative. OLAthens, through the engagement with the social and solidarity economy in Greece and the embedding of researchers in contexts of civic significance, aims at: designing and developing digital systems to facilitate and extend the civic activities of solidarity structures (e.g. systems for logistics, communications, decision-making etc.); and to invent digital systems that will extend the solidarity economy by embedding its values (i.e. equity, cooperation, environmental sustainability etc.) in the design of systems for wider reach.

My previous research projects have involved a set of experiments into participatory methods in digital systems. Before starting as a RA, I mainly worked on my PhD project which was an experiment into participatory methods in voting systems. This involved a deeper examination of democracy and the different avenues that it can be manifested in the local and national scale in addition to the distinctive participatory types that these democratic practices entail. These participatory types ranging from the mere act of casting a ballot to more profuse citizen involvement, such as political deliberation and contestation, requires us to reconsider how technology can support democracy through the careful configuration and design of e-voting systems.

More generally, I am interested in the intersection of open source software and the solidarity economy, e-participation (e-deliberation, e-contestation), e-democracy and human computer interaction (HCI).

For more information visit: Open Lab:Athens and my scholar profile.


2017

Surfacing Small Worlds through Data-In-Place
Lindley SE, Thieme A, Taylor AS, Vlachokyriakos V, Regan T, Sweeney D, Computer Supported Cooperative Work: CSCW: An International Journal135-163
HCI, solidarity movements and the solidarity economy
Vlachokyriakos V, Crivellaro C, Wright P, Karamagioli E, Staiou E-R, Gouscos D, Thorpe R, Kruger A, Schoning J, Jones M, Lawson S, Olivier P, CHI'17 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings3126-3137
WheelieMap: An Exploratory System for Qualitative Reports of Inaccessibility in the Built Environment
Kirkham R, Ebassa R, Montague K, Morrissey K, Vlachokyriakos V, Weise S, Olivier P, MobileHCI 2017 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services

2016

Re-Making Places: HCI, 'Community Building' and Change
Crivellaro C, Taylor A, Vlachokyriakos V, Comber R, Nissen B, Wright P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 20162958-2969
Refugees and HCI SIG: The Role of HCI in Responding to the Refugee Crisis
Talhouk R, Ahmed SI, Wulf V, Crivallero C, Vlachokyriakos V, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 20161073-1076
Digital Civics: Citizen empowerment with and through technology
Vlachokyriakos V, Crivellaro C, LeDantec C, Gordon E, Wright P, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 20161096-1099

2015

Designing Engaging Data in Communities
Regan T, Sweeney D, Helmes J, Vlachokyriakos V, Lindley S, Taylor A, 33rd Annual Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI EA '15271-274
Data-in-Place: Thinking through the Relations Between Data and Community
Taylor AS, Lindley S, Regan T, Sweeney D, Vlachokyriakos V, Grainger L, Lingel J, 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15)2863-2872
Designing Alternative Systems for Local Communities
Vlachokyriakos V, Comber R, Crivellaro C, Taylor N, Kuznetsov S, Kavanaugh A, Le Dantec C, Kim BJ, CHI EA '15: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems2333-2336
Crowdsourcing and CCTV: the Effect of Interface, Financial Bonus and Video Type
Dunphy P, Nicholson J, Vlachokyriakos V, Briggs P, Olivier P, School of Computing Science Technical Report Series22

2014

Introduction to the special issue on designing social media for change
Kamal N, Munson S, Vlachokyriakos V, Fergusson M, Fels S, Computers in Human Behavior403-404
Understanding the experience-centeredness of privacy and security technologies
Dunphy P, Vines J, Coles-Kemp L, Clarke R, Vlachokyriakos V, Wright P, McCarthy J, Olivier P, 2014 New Security Paradigms Workshop NSPW '1483-93
PosterVote: expanding the action repertoire for local political activism
Vlachokyriakos V, Comber R, Ladha K, Taylor N, Dunphy P, McCorry P, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS'14)795-804
BallotShare: An exploration of the design space for digital voting in the workplace
Vlachokyriakos V, Dunphy P, Taylor N, Comber R, Olivier P, Computers in Human Behavior433-443
BallotShare: Exploring the design space of digital voting in a workplace environment
Vlachokyriakos V, Dunphy P, Taylor N, Comber R, Olivier P, School of Computing Science Technical Report Series19

2013

Unpicking the design space of e-Voting for Participation.
Vlachokyriakos V, Dunphy P, Taylor N, Comber R, Olivier P, International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2013 (CeDEM2013)

2012

Cheque Mates: Participatory Design of Digital Payments with Eighty Somethings
Vines J, Blythe M, Dunphy P, Vlachokyriakos V, Teece I, Monk A, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI'12)1189-1198

Associated Projects

  • BallotShare
    Digital voting is used in a variety of contexts from politics to mundane everyday decisions. One of the motivations underlying many group decision-making systems is the promotion of participation, yet there is little research that explores how fea...
    August 30, 2011
  • PosterVote
    PosterVote is an artifact that allows sustainable electronic voting by dropping the development and maintenance costs, while increasing the potential for social movements to engage in action and for communities to support and respond to such act...
    August 30, 2011
  • Impact-o-meter
    Rewired State Parliament Hackathon kicked off Parliament week with a two day hack weekend on the 16th and 17th of November Hub Westminster (http://westminster.impacthub.net/). The weekend attracted some of the best developers and designers from ac...
    August 30, 2011
  • Exploring the design space of digital voting for participation
    This PhD project is an experiment into participatory methods in voting systems. Its goal is to explore how electronic voting and electronic democracy applications can support different types of participation (e.g. direct push-button democracy, del...
    August 30, 2011
  • Digital Cheque Book
    In the research stage of the “New Approaches to Banking for the Older Old” project, we conducted interviews with people aged eighty and upwards to understand the ways they managed their finances and any struggles they had with aspects of the curre...
    August 30, 2011
  • Cheque Scanner-Shredder
    Although many older people – and particularly the 'eighty somethings' that took part in the New Approaches to Banking for the Older Old project – rely on the traditional cheque as a means for making payments, they are equally aware that cheques a...
    August 30, 2011
 
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