Emma Nicol

Research Fellow

Personal Statement

Key research interests

Interaction design and Information Behaviour.

Current projects

Emma is currently a Research Associate investigating digital applications for young people who self-harm along with Diane Pennington of CIS and Stephen McCluskey of Health in Mind.


Emma is a member of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group (SISRG) at CIS. https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/subjects/computerinformationscience/strathclydeischoolresearchgroup/


Emma is a researcher with 15 years of experience on a variety of projects funded by the EU, EPSRC, ESRC, HEA, NHS Scotland, Scottish Government and others, chiefly concerning the co-creation of interactive technology for education, health and wellbeing, and cultural settings, and has a particular interest in information access and literacy. 

Emma's research has involved a wide variety of stakeholders including young mothers, school children, university students, older adult learners and health and educational professionals. She has extensive experience of designing and running co-design activities with both children and adults to inform, for example, the development of interactive technology for mobile platforms and for public display screens and designed and undertaken evaluations of such technology both in the lab and in the wild.

Emma is author or co-author of 35+ refereed publications and has presented her findings to a variety of audiences, including at international conferences and workshops, NHS and Scottish Government events and to the general public at events such as Engage with Strathclyde. In recent years she was co-organiser of a workshop at the Interaction Design for Children conference on the roles that children can play in co-design activities, as well as co-editing a special journal issue on the same theme.

Emma has a keen interest in mental health and wellbeing and since 2007 has been supporting a number of students facing mental health challenges and students with autism as a mentor with the University of Strathclyde’s Wellbeing Service. She has been a facilitator of the university's mindfulness drop-in sessions since their establishment in 2015.


Emma Nicol

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