Civically engaged HCI: Tensions between novelty and social impact

Mara Balestrini, Yvonne Rogers, Paul Marshall

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HCI researchers are increasingly conducting civically engaged research in the wild to design technologies for social action that aim to empower communities at the grassroots level. However, there are very few descriptions of HCI interventions that have achieved sustained community engagement and social impact. We discuss three tensions that are hindering HCI's capacity to produce both research and social contributions and suggest how to overcome them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish HCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336437
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2015
EventBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015 - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jul 201517 Jul 2015


ConferenceBritish HCI Conference, British HCI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLincoln, Lincolnshire


  • Activism
  • Civically engaged research
  • Grassroots
  • Technologies for social action


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