Dr Stacey Pitsillides is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Design at Northumbria University. Her research actively inquiries into how co-design can engage publics to speculatively explore their own mortality and legacy. Stacey’s research is grounded in breaking down hierarchies between designers, institutions and users. Through a mix of ethnography, cultural probes and participatory design methods, she has collaborated with hospices, festivals, libraries and galleries to curate a range of interactive events aimed at specific communities e.g. tech innovators, educators and bereaved family members. Her
research has featured in a range of festivals including Death: The Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Internet Week Europe, FutureFest, the Edinburgh International Science Festival and Dying Matters Week. She is the editor of a special issue on Networked Emotions for the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media and been consulted by tech companies, such as Google, during their development of new digital legacy tools.
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B. Nansen, L. Hjorth, S. Pitsillides, H. Gould (2019) The Afterlives of Memorial Materials: Data, Hoax, Bot. Selected Papers of #AoIR2019: The 20th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers. Brisbane, Australia / 2-5 October 2019
S. Pitsillides (2019) Digital legacy: Designing with things. Death Studies, 43 (7). pp. 426-434. ISSN 0748-1187.
K. Giaxoglou, K. Döveling and S. Pitsillides (2017) Networked Emotions: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sharing Loss Online, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 61:1, 1-10, DOI: 10.1080/08838151.2016.1273927.