The emotional wellbeing of researchers: considerations for practice

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    57 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    As technology progressively pervades all aspects of our lives, members of the HCI community are engaging with increasingly sensitive contexts in their research - for example, end of life, genocide, computer-mediated communication under oppressive regimes. The considerations generated by research in such contexts can go well beyond those addressed by generic ethical approval processes and institutional practice. Whilst it is standard to ensure that the wellbeing of participants is taken into account in research design and the ethical approval process, it is much less common for the researcher's own emotional wellbeing to be considered explicitly. This paper describes the role that a researcher's emotions may play in research, and the impact which research in sensitive contexts can have on researchers' emotional wellbeing and on research validity. A qualitative survey is described which investigated the support mechanisms which HCI researchers have in place in case they are distressed/ troubled as a result of their research. The results of the survey are used, in combination with insights into how other disciplines address the topic, to synthesize suggestions for ways in which the HCI community can proactively incorporate consideration for the emotional wellbeing of the researcher into the research process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI' 13
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Pages1883-1890
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781450318990
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventCHI 2013 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
    http://chi2013.acm.org/

    Conference

    ConferenceCHI 2013 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
    CountryFrance
    CityParis
    Period27/04/132/05/13
    Internet address

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  • Research Output

    • 57 Citations
    • 2 Conference contribution

    Situational ethics: re-thinking approaches to formal ethics requirements for Human-Computer Interaction

    Munteanu, C., Molyneaux, H., Moncur, W., Romero, M., O'Donnell, S. & Vines, J., Apr 2015, CHI 2015: proceedings of the 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 105-114 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 45 Citations (Scopus)

    Story Shell: the participatory design of a bespoke digital memorial

    Moncur, W., Julius, M., Hoven, E. V. D. & Kirk, D., May 2015, Proceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference PIN-C 2015. Valkenburg, R., Dekkers, C. & Sluijs, J. (eds.). The Hague: Hague University of Applied Science, p. 470-477 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Activities

    Sensitivities and sensibilities in HCI Research

    Wendy Moncur (Speaker)

    5 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote

    Prizes

    EPSRC Post-doctoral Fellowship (Cross-disciplinary interfaces)

    Moncur, Wendy (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Post-doctoral Fellowship (Cross-disciplinary interfaces)

    Moncur, Wendy (Recipient), Jun 2011

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Cite this

    Moncur, W. (2013). The emotional wellbeing of researchers: considerations for practice. In CHI' 13: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1883-1890). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2466248