Research Seminar: Dr Katerina Gorkovenko

Second Screens for Engagement with Political Discourse

Dr Katerina Gorkovenko, Research Associate, Design Informatics

Thursday 4th April 4pm Inspace, 1 Crichton Street


Today elections and referendums are contested across multiple media platforms working in tandem, including traditional media, particularly television, and digital outlets including social media. Televised debates in particular are accompanied by vast amounts of online content, much of it conducted through the use of second screens—personal devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops used alongside television broadcasts.

This talk will present a series of studies conducted as part of a PhD called Second Screens for Engagement with Political Discourse conducted in the past 4 years, which has been motivated by the belief that second screens present an invaluable opportunity to engage the public in political discourse. The work aimed to investigate current second screen practices, and to find design opportunities for tools that support viewers in their engagement with debates and with each other.


Dr Katerina Gorkovenko is a human computer interaction researcher and designer who recently completed her PhD at Dundee University. Her work is situated at the intersection of technology, politics, and broader societal change. Her research practice utilises an array of design led qualitative research methods in order to explore complex problems around human behaviour and the use of digital tools. She is currently working as part of Design Informatics as a research associate on a project called Chatty Factories. The project explores the use and potential of real-time sensing within ethnographic research.

Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL