John McCarthy | Visiting Professor

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is a Professor of Applied Psychology in University College Cork, Ireland and leads the People and Technology research group there. He has over 20 years experience working in HCI in York, Limerick, and Cork. He is currently Visiting Research Fellow at Open Lab University of Newcastle UK, and has previously held a Visiting Professorship at Sodertorn University College in Stockholm, and has also had visiting research relationships with DIRC, a UK EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Network, and the Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick.

His research is concerned with understanding the influence of emerging social, personal, and work technologies on people’s lived experience, and using that understanding to inform design of usable and enriching technologies. He has published many papers in this area and two books. The books have focused on conceptualising  user experience with technology and on critically engaging with contemporary methods of experience-centred design, the design of technologies and services based on people’s relevant experience, often entailing the participation of those people in the design process as experts on their own experience. Hi current research is on the design and experience of technologies and services to support people who are vulnerable, for example older people who have difficulty coping (e.g. people with dementia) and people with health-related difficulties. This work is geared toward ensuring that technology design is oriented to what matters to people who live with it, by making lived experience a primary reality in practice and discourse on relations between people and technology.


Ticket to talk: Supporting conversation between young people and people with dementia through digital media
Welsh D, Morrissey K, Foley S, McNaney R, Salis C, McCarthy J, Vines J, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems


Commentary: Making Interactivity Meaningful for Contemporary HCI
McCarthy J, Wright P, Human-Computer Interaction148-152


'I'm a rambler, I'm a gambler, I'm a long way from home': The Place of Props, Music, and Design in Dementia Care
Morrissey K, Wood G, Green D, Pantidi N, McCarthy J, DIS '16 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems1008-1020
Challenges for Designing new Technology for Health and Wellbeing in a Complex Mental Healthcare Context
Thieme A, McCarthy J, Johnson P, Wallace J, Lindley S, Ladha K, Jackson D, Nowacka D, Rafiev A, Ladha C, Nappey T, Kipling M, Wright P, Meyer TD, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 20162136-2149


The politics and aesthetics of participatory HCI
Wright P, McCarthy J, Interactions26-31
MyRun: Balancing Design for Reflection, Recounting and Openness in a Museum-based Participatory Platform
Clarke R, Vines J, Wright P, Bartindale T, Shearer J, McCarthy J, Olivier P, British HCI 2015212-221
Making the invisible visible: Design to support the documentation of participatory arts experiences
Hook J, Clarke R, McCarthy J, Anderson K, Dudman J, Wright P, CHI 2015 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems2583-2592
Taking [A]Part: The Politics and Aesthetics of Experience-Centred Design
McCarthy J, Wright P, Design Thinking, Design Theoryxx, 181


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
Enabling Empathy in Health and Care: Design Methods and Challenges
Thieme A, Vines J, Wallace J, Clarke R, Slovak P, McCarthy J, Massimi M, Grimes-Parker A, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014) Extended Abstracts134-142


Configuring participation: On how we involve users in design
Vines J, Clarke R, Wright P, McCarthy J, Olivier P, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems429-438
Designing for- and with- vulnerable people
Vines J, McNaney R, Clarke R, Lindsay S, McCarthy J, Howard S, Romero M, Wallace J, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems3231-3234
Waves: exploring idiographic design for live performance
Hook J, McCarthy J, Wright P, Olivier P, CHI 2013: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems2969-2978
Digital portraits: photo-sharing after domestic violence
Clarke R, Wright P, Balaam M, McCarthy J, CHI 2013: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems2517-2526


Invited SIG - participation and HCI: why involve people in design?
Vines J, Clarke R, Leong T, McCarthy J, Iversen OS, Wright P, Olivier P, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Extended Abstracts (CHI EA '12)1217-1220
Exploring HCI's Relationship with Liveness (CHI'12 Workshop)
Hook J, Schofield G, Taylor R, Bartindale T, McCarthy J, Wright P, CHI EA 2012: CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems2771-2774
Food for Thought: Designing for Critical Reflection on Food Practices
Choi JH, Linehan C, Comber R, McCarthy J, Designing Interactive Systems793-794


A VJ Centered Exploration of Expressive Interaction
Hook J, Green D, McCarthy J, Taylor S, Wright P, Olivier P, 29th Annual International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)1265-1274


Experience-centred Design: Designers, users, and communities in dialogue
Wright P, McCarthy J, Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics123
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