John Vines

John Vines

Chair of Design Informatics

Prof John Vines, Chair of Design Informatics

Prof John Vines is Chair of Design Informatics in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. His research is in the fields of human-computer interaction and interaction design, and focuses on how people experience and use digital and data-driven technologies in their everyday lives. His projects often take a participatory and research through design approach, involving designing prototypes with people, users and stakeholders and studying the use of new technologies in real world contexts. He works on projects across a wide-range of subjects, but has specific expertise in technology design in relation to: ageing and the lifecourse; personal and community health and wellbeing; personal finance and socially inclusive economies; and civic engagement and civil society.

Research interests:

  • Interaction design for data-driven technologies and service
  • Participatory approaches to design and research
  • Participatory technologies and social media
  • Technology for ageing and the lifecourse
  • Digital health and wellbeing
  • Inclusive FinTech and alternative currencies and economies
  • Digital civics, civic technology and community informatics