Marta Cecchinato

Marta Cecchinato
Former: PhD Student
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As of February 2018, I have started as Lecturer at Northumbria University. You can contact me at or visit Northumbria University profile.

Research Interests

My PhD research focuses on the role that communication technologies have across multiple devices and how this affects our work-home boundaries. I initially focused a lot on email management, as it is one of the most common communication channel out there, but moved on to cover any computer-mediated communication used by participants. Notifications that interrupt us throughout the day and night can happen on any channel, as well as on any device. That is why in my work I make a point of considering not just a single device, but the multi-device ecology that users interact with in their everyday life. By taking a pragmatic and situated approach, I am trying to uncover how people use communication technologies (i.e. channels and devices) to shape boundaries between work and personal life, and how they work around technology constraints to make this happen.

You can read more about my project here: Digital Boundaries

Brief biography

I have a BSc and MSc in Psychology from the University of Padova in Italy, my home country. During my MSc, I spent a year in Finland and worked as a visiting assistant researcher at the Ubiquitous Interaction group, Computer Science Dept. at the University of Helsinki and at HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology) with Giulio Jacucci. While there, I worked, among other projects, on haptic feedback perception with Eve Hoggan. For my MSc thesis, I worked at HTLab (Human Technology Lab) with Luciano Gamberini on user experience evaluation in multimodal interfaces, which was part of the FP7 EU funded CEEDs project

In summer 2015 I completed an internship at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, working with Abigail Sellen in the Human Experience and Design group. Whilst there, I investigated email re-finding behaviours across accounts and devices, working closely also with Milad Shokouhi from the Machine Intelligence and Perception group.

Research Publications

L Scott, L Coventry, Marta Cecchinato, Mark Warner “I figured her feeling a litle bit bad was worth it to not spread that kind of hate”: Exploring how UK families discuss and challenge misinformation 2023 Conference paper (text)
Sandy Gould, Anna Rudnicka, D Cook, Marta Cecchinato, Joseph Newbold, Anna Cox Remote Work, Work Measurement and the State of Work Research in Human-Centred Computing 2023 Interacting with Computers, Journal article
Anna Rudnicka, D Cook, Marta Cecchinato, Sandy Gould, Joseph Newbold, Anna Cox The end of the active work break? Remote work, sedentariness and the role of technology in creating active break-taking norms 2022 Conference paper (text)
Sandy Gould, LL Chuang, I Iacovides, D Garaialde, Marta Cecchinato, BR Cowan, Anna Cox A Special Interest Group on Designed and Engineered Friction in Interaction 2021 Conference paper (text)
Joseph Newbold, Anna Rudnicka, D Cook, Marta Cecchinato, Sandy Gould, Anna Cox The new normals of work: a framework for understanding responses to disruptions created by new futures of work 2021 Human–Computer Interaction, Journal article
J Rooksby, Marta Cecchinato, P Asadzadeh, M Philpott, C Bunn Design Opportunities for Digital Men's Health 2020 DIS '20: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2020, Conference paper (text)
A Rich, A Aly, Marta Cecchinato, Laura Lascau, M Baker, R Viney, Anna Cox Evaluation of a novel intervention to reduce burnout in doctors-in-training using self-care and digital wellbeing strategies: a mixed-methods pilot. 2020 BMC Med Educ, Journal article
Anna Rudnicka, Joseph Newbold, D Cook, Marta Cecchinato, Sandy Gould, Anna Cox Eworklife: developing effective strategies for remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic 2020 Conference abstract/presentation slides
R Fleck, Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Danny Harrison, Paul Marshall, JH Na, A Skatova Life-swap: how discussions around personal data can motivate desire for change 2020 Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Journal article
Anna Cox, Jon Bird, Duncan Brumby, Marta Cecchinato, Sandy Gould Prioritizing unread e-mails: people send urgent responses before important or short ones 2020 Human-Computer Interaction, Journal article
A Lucero, A Desjardins, C Neustaedter, K Höök, M Hassenzahl, Marta Cecchinato A sample of one: First-person research methods in HCI 2019 DIS 2019 - Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019, Conference paper (text), CA, San Diego, USA
Marta Cecchinato, J Rooksby, A Hiniker, S Munson, K Lukoff, L Ciolfi, A Thieme, Danny Harrison Designing for Digital Wellbeing: A Research & Practice Agenda 2019 Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference, Conference paper (text), Glasgow, Scotland
A Rich, Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Laura Lascau, A Aly, M Baker Evaluation of a novel intervention to reduce burnout in doctors-in-training: A mixed-methods pilot study 2019 Conference abstract/presentation slides
M Pateman, Danny Harrison, Paul Marshall, Marta Cecchinato The Role of Aesthetics and Design: Wearables in Situ 2018 CHI'18 Extended Abstracts, Conference paper (text), Montreal, Canada
Marta Cecchinato Always Connected = Always Available? The Role of Microboundaries. 2017 Conference abstract/presentation slides
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird Always On(line)? User Experience of Smartwatches and their Role within Multi-Device Ecologies 2017 Conference paper (text)
Marta Cecchinato, Danny Harrison Degrees of Agency in Owners and Users of Home IoT Devices 2017 CHI'17 workshop: Making Home: Asserting Agency in the Age of IoT, Conference paper (text)
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox Smartwatches: Digital Handcuffs or Magic Bracelets? 2017 Computer, Journal article
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox Work-Home Boundaries and Communication Technologies 2017 Conference abstract/presentation slides
Anna Cox, Sandy Gould, Marta Cecchinato, I Iacovides, Ian Renfree Design Frictions for Mindful Interactions: The Case for Microboundaries 2016 Conference paper (text), New York, USA
Marta Cecchinato, Abigail Sellen, M Shokouhi, G Smyth Finding email in a multi-account, multi-device world 2016 CHI 2016, Conference paper (text), San Jose, CA
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, J BIRD Work-Life Balance through Tangibles and the Internet of Things. 2016 Conference paper (text)
Danny Harrison, Marta Cecchinato "Give me five minutes!" Feeling time slip by 2015 UbiComp and ISWC 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and the Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, Conference paper (text)
Marta Cecchinato, R Fleck, Jon Bird, Anna Cox Online vs. Offline: Implications for Work Identity 2015 Conference paper (text)
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird Smartwatches: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly? 2015 Conference paper (text)
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird Working 9-5? Professional Differences in Email and Boundary Management Practices 2015 Conference paper (text)
Marta Cecchinato Email management and work-home boundaries. 2014 MobileHCI, Conference paper (text), Toronto, Canada
Marta Cecchinato, Anna Cox, Jon Bird “I check my emails on the toilet”: Email Practices and Work-Home Boundary Management 2014 Conference paper (text), MobileHCI'14 Workshop: Socio-Technical Systems and Work-Home Boundaries
Marta Cecchinato, Jon Bird, Anna Cox Personalised email tools: a solution to email overload? 2014 Conference paper (text)
D Wijekoon, Marta Cecchinato, E Hoggan, J Linjama Electrostatic modulated friction as tactile feedback: intensity perception 2012 Proceedings of the 2012 international conference on Haptics: perception, devices, mobility, and communication - Volume Part I, Conference paper (text)
Marta Cecchinato Communicating in a Multi-Role, Multi- Device, Multi-Channel World: How Knowledge Workers Manage Work- Home Boundaries 1900 Thesis / Dissertation