Kyrill Potapov

Kyrill Potapov
PhD Student/Associate Lecturer (Teaching)
Pronouns: he/him/his
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020 3108 7717 (x57717)
Room: B.01
UCLIC, University College London
66 - 72 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom

I take a Vygotskian approach to personal informatics, looking at how self-tracking data can scaffold social and emotional learning. Specifically, I explore how school-based social contexts like group discussions can support meaning-making around personal data and engage with issues that are raised, for example around health norms.

Brief biography

I spent twelve years as an English teacher in a secondary school in London. My wider research interests concern how technology mediates emotions and self-consciousness. I am interested in philosophy of psychology and social practice. I draw on cultural-historical psychology and pragmatism to characterise the development of affective stances and representations.


  • Potapov, K., Vasalou, A., Lee, V., & Marshall, P. (2021, May). What do Teens Make of Personal Informatics? Young People's Responses to Self-Tracking Practices for Self-Determined Motives. In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-10).
  • Potapov, K. (2021). «Can I change mine?» Role Experimentation in Adolescents' Digitally Mediated Social Emotional Learning. Cultural-Historical Psychology, 17(2), 114-122.
  • Jayman, M., & Potapov, K. (2021). The LifeMosaic project: supporting wellbeing and empowering pupils through design, development and research. In Supporting New Digital Natives: Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing in a Hi-Tech Age (pp. 156-174). Policy Press.
  • Potapov, Kyrill. 2021. "Vygotsky's Janus-Faced Theory of Language: A Reply to Drain's 'Tomasello, Vygotsky, and the Phylogenesis of Mind'." Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 10 (8): 17-29.
  • Potapov, Kyrill. 2021. "Objectification and the Labour of the Negative in the Origin of Human Thinking: A Response to Chris Drain." Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 10 (3): 23-29.
  • Potapov, K., & Marshall, P. (2020, June). LifeMosaic: Co-design of a personal informatics tool for youth. In Proceedings of the interaction design and children conference (pp. 519-531).
  • Potapov, K., Lee, V. R., Vasalou, A., & Marshall, P. (2019, May). Youth concerns and responses to self-tracking tools and personal informatics systems. In Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1-6).