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Anna L Cox

Anna Cox

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Research

eWorkResearch is an interdisciplinary research team of experts exploring the use of digital technology to support work and wellbeing. Through our research we promote the co-creation and design of digital technologies and services that support a fairer, more inclusive and equitable society. Research topics include:

  • Productivity in the Future of Work: Exploring technologies to enhance productivity across various work contexts, including academia, finance, law, crowdwork, healthcare, and domestic labor.
  • Work-Related Wellbeing: Designing technologies to improve work-related wellbeing, focusing on break-taking, post-work recovery, stress management, and work-life balance.
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: Developing technologies that uphold equality, diversity, and inclusion, guided by Feminist HCI and Value Sensitive Design

Funded projects

  • Unseen Work: Leveraging Generative AI for Invisible Academic Labour 2024-2025 UCL Research Culture
  • Promoting Inclusive Research Practices 2024 UCL Grand Challenges
  • Research Compliance Buddy 2023-2024
  • Conceptualising and measuring digital emotion regulation (Australian Research Council) AU$410,000. 2019-2022
  • Adolescent Mental Health and Development in the Digital World (MRC) MR/T046864/1 2020-2021
  • GetAMoveOn: transforming health through enabling mobility (EPSRC) EP/N027299/1 £923,685 2016-2021
  • Open3D: Collaborative Editing for 3D Virtual Worlds (EPSRC) EP/M013685/1. £712,097. 2015-2018 (Co-I)
  • C-PLACID: Computational PLatform for Assessment of Cognition In Dementia (EPSRC) EP/M006093/1. £1,430,004. 2015-2018. (Co-I)
  • Media Multitasking in New Broadcasting System Content Experiences. EPSRC & BBC Studentship.£100,000, 2014-18. (Co-I)
  • ECLIPSE: Exploring the Current Landscape of Intravenous Infusion Practices & Errors (NIHR HS&DR) 12/209/27.£491,919.40. 2014-2018. (Co-I)
  • Life Swap Workshops (EPSRC via Balance Network) £3,280. 2015. (Co-I)
  • Citizen Cyberlab (EU FP7) 317705. €3,400,000 (approx. £2,704,754) 2012-2015 (Co-I)
  • CHI+MED: Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices (EPSRC Programme Grant) EP/G059063/1. £5,792,050 2009-2015. (Co-I)
  • Digital Epiphanies (EPSRC) EP/K025392/1. £195,135 2013-2014. (PI)
  • Healthy Interactive Systems in Healthcare (EPRSC Platform Grant) EP/G004560/1. £422,828 2009-2014. (Co-I)
  • KTP 6938 funded by ESRC & the Technology Strategy Board with Paperstone on the use of ‘Human-Computer Interaction’ methods to transfer usability and accessibility knowledge to the company. £116,856 2009-2010. (PI)
  • A rational framework for modeling interactive search (EPSRC First Grant) GR/T28225/01. £122,692 2005-2007 (PI)

Teaching

I’m the module convenor for PSYC0288 The Digital Workplace. Prior to this I was convenor for PSYC0099 Serious and Persuasive Games. You can read about some of the games created by my students Emma Holliday and Naveed Janmohamed.

I previously convened on PSYC0101 Interaction Science. I co-edited one of the key texts for the module Research Methods for Human Computer Interaction: Cambridge University Press. ‘Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction is a wonderful resource, for both students and practitioners, who need to take a scientific approach to the design of user interfaces. [….]’ Dr Alan Blackwell, Reader in Interdisciplinary Design, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

I have delivered research methods courses to conference attendees at the following events:

I have also undertaken a number of external roles related to education:

  • Governor at Sandringham School, St Albans (2013-2024 , Chair of Governors 2018-2024 )
  • External Examiner at University of York (2014-2018)
  • External Examiner at Kingston University (2011-2014)

External Engagement

Enabling & Institutional Citizenship

  • 2019-2024 Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) in the Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • 2017-2019 Athena SWAN lead for the Faculty of Brain Sciences
  • 2015 Co-founder of Athena SWAN Psychology National Forum
  • 2013-2017: Chair of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team in Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, achieving renewal of silver award on 2 occasions
  • 2011-2014: Graduate Tutor in UCL Interaction Centre
  • 2009-2017: Deputy Director of UCL Interaction Centre
  • 2005-2012: Chair of the Board of Examiners for MSc Human-Computer Interaction

Brief biography

Anna Cox is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) in the Faculty of Brain Sciences. She was Deputy-Director of UCLIC 2009-2017, chair of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, achieving renewal of a silver award on 2 occasions, and Faculty Athena SWAN lead 2017-2019. She is also a parent.

Professor Cox’s first degree is in Cognitive Science (Hertfordshire), and her MSc is in Human-Computer Interaction (Queen Mary, University of London). She was awarded her PhD from the University of Hertfordshire in 2002. She became a lecturer in the Computer Science department at University of Hertfordshire before moving to UCL as a Lecturer in 2004. She was promoted to full professor in 2017.

Professor Cox has published widely, beginning with her PhD work on exploratory learning, to more recent work on human error, digital games, habit formation and personal informatics. Her current research focuses on work and wellbeing in the digital age. She leads the eWorkResearch group at UCL Interaction Centre [UCLIC].

Professor Cox is a member of the CHI and CHIWORK steering committees. She was Specialist Advisor to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the House of Commons for their 2019 inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. She has served in senior roles on the programme and organising committees of a number of top-tier HCI conferences, including as technical programme chair for CHI2018 and CHI2019 and general chair of CHI PLAY 2015 and 2016.