Think Aloud Walking Study

post by James Williams (2020 cohort)

Hi everyone. I am currently a second-year PhD candidate at the Nottingham Geospatial Institute and the Horizon Centre for Doctoral training. My research investigates leisure walking experiences curated using user engagement. The research has the industry partner of the Ordnance Survey. 

I am recruiting for a study around the East Midlands (even if outside of this please get in contact) for a think-aloud walking study, where participants will be temporarily provided with a GoPro and asked to think aloud during a walk. The walks should be between 30 minutes – 1 hour and agreed before the day.

Participants should be over the age of 18, and able to complete a walk of this length.  

More details on this project can be found on this sheet

Please get in contact with me at if you would like to request more information or request a study interest document.

And feel free to share this study with your network!

Thank you!

James Williams


Measure and track your mood with smart clothes

post by Marie Dilworth (2017 cohort)

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to wear a t-shirt that measured your emotions and your mood?

One day this might be a reality!

We are running an online survey to understand what people think about emotion-tracking smart clothing.

We would love to know what you think about the idea.

If you can it will take 10-15 minutes to fill out this survey to support PhD Research.

This research is being run by:

  • University of Nottingham, School of Computer Science and
  • Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Mental Health Technology



Thank you for giving your time to support mental health technology research!

Marie Dilworth
PhD Candidate
School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham




Calling for Participants interested in influencing the design of the internet

                                           Interested in influencing the design of the internet?

Are you 12-16 and interested in influencing the design of the internet?

Join the Testing for Transparency workshops!

What is Testing for Transparency?

  • A workshop that focuses on privacy policies and other tools for informing internet users about their privacy.
  • The workshop is run by researchers at the University of Nottingham. The goal of the workshop is to consult young people about how they think the presentation of privacy information on the internet could be improved.
  • The workshop will include a recorded discussion about young people’s experiences with privacy tools, and an opportunity to share design ideas about how they could be done better.
  • As a thank you, all participants will receive a £15 Amazon voucher at the end of the workshop!

When is Testing for Transparency?

  • Testing for Transparency workshops will take place over Zoom / Microsoft Teams on a range of dates between the 5th of April and 1st of August, 2021.

To Sign Up, E-mail:

For more information and an overview of the Research Project click here.

Research Exploring Social Media, Young People and Mental Wellbeing

post by Cecily Pepper (2019 cohort)

Hello everybody, I’m Cecily from the CDT 2019 cohort. As part of my PhD research, I’m exploring how social media affects the mental well-being of young people, with a specific focus on our sense of self. I am recruiting and interested in hearing thoughts from all young people, but I am particularly interested in hearing from looked-after young people. I am also interested in hearing thoughts from social care professionals on this research topic.

For my PhD, I am conducting three studies, two of which are with young people and one with social care professionals. These will be informal, online discussions that explore the effects of social media on our sense of self, existing policies surrounding social media, young people and mental health, and how lockdown may have impacted upon young people’s social media use and mental health. I hope that the results of the studies will offer young people the opportunity to share their voice on this topic and the results may potentially have implications for future policies and social media design.

For more information on how to get involved in the research,
please see my webpage:
or contact me at 

Please share this with anyone you feel might be interested in taking part.

Thank you!


Call for Participants – Interaction for Children & Young People

Have you been affected by not seeing your family and friends during Covid-19 restrictions?

Horizon CDT PhD student Mel Wilson (2018 cohort) is looking for participants to help with her research into the effects of Covid-19 on children and young people.

You can find out more details on how to participate here.

For any additional information or queries please feel free to contact Mel at


Nostalgic Gifting – Call for participants

Rebecca Gibson (2019 cohort) is currently recruiting for the Nostalgic Gifting study:

What is the study for? 

We are interested in exploring nostalgia within hybrid gift-giving. Hybrid gifting in this case is a physical gift which includes a digital aspect. We are looking to recruit pairs of participants, with one participant being the gift-giver and one being the recipient.  

What would I have to do?

  • Create a gift online. 
  • Upload a photograph to accompany your gift.  
  • Take part in a 30-minute interview.  
  • Reflect upon your experience.
  • Receive a gift! 
  • Take part in a 30-minute interview.  
  • Reflect upon your experiences.


  • The study is entirely online.  
  • Gift-givers will use a website to create the gift. 
  • Photographs will be attached digitally to the gift.  
  • Gifts will be posted to recipient’s home address.


  • 18 years or over. 
  • You do not have any severe food allergies or dietary requirements.  
  • You own a smart phone and have access to the internet. 
  • You are based in the UK. 

What do I get? 

  • Gift-givers get to create a gift for loved one! 
  • Recipient will get to receive a gift.  
  • Contribution to an emerging gifting paradigm.  

Process Overview  

  • Send the person you wish to give a gift to this information/ask them to see if they would be interested. 
  • If yes, then email Rebecca making sure to copy your selected recipient in.  
  • The recipient will then be sent a screening form to check for any allergies and to ensure they are safe to receive post. 
  • If they pass the screening form and you are both happy to take part in the study then you will be sent consent forms.  
  • The recipient will then provide us with shipping details. 
  • The gift-giver will then receive a link to create the gift online. 
  • The gift will then be shipped to the recipient.  
  • The gift will arrive!
  • The gift-giver will be interviewed. 
  • The recipient will be interviewed.  


If you have any questions about the study, please contact: 








Interview Study: Legal aspects of the use of smart devices

PhD student Stanislaw Piasecki (2018 Cohort) is looking at the legal aspects of the use of smart devices by vulnerable people. Stan is currently recruiting participants to take part in an interview-based study.

post by Stanislaw Piasecki (2018 cohort)

I am a third year PhD student at the Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (University of Nottingham). In my thesis, I am analysing how data protection law works in theory and in practice when vulnerable people use smart home devices. For this reason, I am looking to interview (for no more than 30 minutes), persons working on data protection law compliance issues in a smart home context. This could be people designing such devices, advising organisations or thinking about the challenges.

The interviews will be turned into a report, which I could send to the interviewee once I have finished my analysis. Hopefully, my findings will support data protection law compliance efforts. If requested in the consent form, all data provided during the interview will be anonymised before any publication.

My contact details are:

I will be grateful for any suggestions.

Many thanks,
Stanislaw Piasecki

Call for Children & Young People participants

Horizon CDT PhD student Mel Wilson (2018 cohort) has recently launched an online survey to look at Children & Young People’s (CYP) contact with family, friends and social networks during the pandemic.

post by Mel Wilson

For nearly a year we have all been under greater stress due to the restrictions and changes to our lives as a result of the measures in place nationally and globally to limit the effects of Covid-19.

But what has that meant for children and young people?

I was previously researching resilience and vulnerability in school settings but these changes have meant, like many of those addressing the needs of children and young people, that access to those groups has been limited.

My studies have shifted to researching the effects of the last year on the resilience and vulnerabilities of children and young people.

Please share and ask your CYP to complete the following if they can:

Children & Young People’s contact with family, friends and social networks during the pandemic

Primary-age students survey

Secondary-age students survey

I currently have 3 studies running and am actively seeking further participants, children, young people and adults. Please see for more details and links to contribute to these studies.

Thank you!

Helping you have smarter train journeys

PhD researcher Christian Tamakloe (2016 cohort) is currently recruiting participants to take part in a study to help understand what preparation activities and behaviours result in better travel journeys.

As part of research into the use of personal data in improving the rail passenger experience, I am currently inviting individuals travelling on the train this month (December) to trial a proposed travel companion app aimed at helping rail travellers prepare for how they spend their time during journeys.

The app includes features such as travel information and reminders, as well as records of previous trip experiences.

 Participants will be required to use the app for their upcoming trip, after which they will have to complete a short questionnaire to share their thoughts about the app.

The study is open to anyone above the age of 18 years with some experience of rail travel in the UK. In addition, you will need to be travelling before the 20th of December, 2020.

More information can be found here .

Feel free to contact Christian with any queries: