Chris is a 3rd year PhD student and researcher at Open Lab. His research undertakes and fieldwork and 'research through design' experiences of living a ‘data-driven life’, with his thesis focusing on how burgeoning digital traces from technnology related to the 'Quantified Self' and 'Internet of Things' can mediate remembering.
Though with a background in sociology, his work is strongly focused towards identifying opportunities and implications for design - specifically of personal informatics, data visualisation and 'technologies of memory'. His research tends to reveal more complicated everyday relationships with technology, and argue for design which is commensurate with existing human practices.
Chris has further related interests in temporal design, technology non-use, personalisation, the quantified self, privacy, identity, and the sensing and recording of everyday life through ubiquitous computing.
Chris is being supervised in his PhD by Dr. David Kirk, and Dr. Abigail Durrant.
Chris also keeps a blog and personal website - https://chriselsden.wordpress.com/