Jennifer Manuel

Jennifer Manuel

Doctoral Trainee

I have an interest in how HCI and technology can better support civic policymaking processes and the planning system to better engage communities in decisions about the places in which they live. My research has focused specifically on neighbourhood planning, working with communities and planning professionals to consider the suitability of the process itself, and the role that technology could play within that. More broadly, I am interested in civic participation in democracy, planning and health, and the use of participatory methodologies to involve people in decisions more creatively.

I have a BA and MA in Town Planning and a MRes in Digital Civics. Prior to joining Open Lab, I worked in the voluntary and community sector both in the planning field and in health, with a focus on citizen participation. I facilitated a number of community-led placemaking projects, including one of the first frontrunner Neighbourhood Plans, as well as engaging communities in health service pathway reviews for the NHS.


Enhancing citizen engagement in planning through participatory film-making

  1. Manuel J
  2. Vigar G

2021Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science


Place-Based Policymaking and HCI: Opportunities and Challenges for Technology Design

  1. Jennifer Manual
  2. Clara Crivellaro

2020CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems


Neighbourhood Data: Exploring the Role of Open Data in Locally Devolved Policymaking Processes

  1. Johnson IG
  2. Puussaar A
  3. Manuel J
  4. Wright P

2018Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction


Participatory Media: Creating Spaces for Storytelling in Neighbourhood Planning

  1. Manuel J
  2. Vigar G
  3. Bartindale T
  4. Comber R

2017ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Community Conversational: Supporting and Capturing Deliberative Talk in Local Consultation Processes

  1. Johnson IG
  2. MacDonald A
  3. Briggs J
  4. Manuel J
  5. Salt K
  6. Flynn E
  7. Vines J

2017CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems