Sensitive research, practice, and design in HCI

Chancellor, Stevie and Andalibi, Nazanin and Blackwell, Lindsay and Nemer, David and Moncur, Wendy; (2019) Sensitive research, practice, and design in HCI. In: CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, New York, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9781450359719 (

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New research areas in HCI examine complex and sensitive research areas, such as crisis, life transitions, and mental health. Further, research in complex topics such as harassment and graphic content can leave researchers vulnerable to emotional and physical harm. There is a need to bring researchers together to discuss challenges across sensitive research spaces and environments. We propose a workshop to explore the methodological, ethical, and emotional challenges of sensitive research in HCI. We will actively recruit from diverse research environments (industry, academia, government, etc.) and methods areas (qualitative, quantitative, design practices, etc.) and identify commonalities in and encourage relationship-building between these areas. This one-day workshop will be led by academic and industry researchers with diverse methods, topical, and employment experiences.


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