About the DeSIC team.

Rachel is an interdisciplinary design researcher working between interaction design, human-computer interaction (HCI), feminist science and technology studies (STS). Her work focuses on the gendered politics of participatory design practice for design livelihoods in international development, socio-technical infrastructures of material resources and smart urbanisation in more-than-human worlds. Her current research projects are funded by the British Academy, EPSRC and Research England. Projects include ISSRAR: Young Palestinians’ Sustainable Development, Visualising Ugandan Youth Futures and More than Human Data Interactions.

Vasilis is an Assistant Professor (lecturer) of Human-Computer Interaction and Digital Civics at Open Lab, Newcastle University, School of Computing and the founder of Open Lab Athens. He has a background in Computing Science with a MSc (Hons) in Computer Security and Resilience and a PhD in HCI (E-Voting as a tool for Political Participation). His current work centres on designing novel socio-technical infrastructures for civic participation through place-based, participatory and action-led research, aiming at the development of systems for cooperative decision-making and service provision (i.e. CSCW and PD research and practice).

The Angelou Centre offers a range of holistic women-only* services for black and minoritised women across the Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. The organisation remains unique as one of the few remaining black-led women’s organisations in the north east of England, providing specialist support for black and minoritised women and children, locally, regionally and nationally. Over the last year the Angelou Centre has provided a range of services that meet the needs of black and minority women and children in three distinct areas: Training & Development, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, Wellbeing & Inclusion.

The UNION OF WOMEN ASSOCIATIONS OF HERAKLION PREFECTURE (UWAH), is an NGO, established in 2000, that belongs to the Voluntary Non Governmental Organizations, and operates at Heraklion Municipality, Crete in Greece. It is an organization for women’s and children rights; also it promotes culture and civilization. It has been recently certified for its counselling services under the ISO 9001:2008 protocol. It operates the 24/7 emergency telephone line, the Shelter for women victims of domestic violence, the Counselling Centre, and the Homeless Unit to provide an array of social services for people victims of economic crisis.

Sociality is an Athens-based Cooperative working on digital technologies. They try to find ways to help organizations and companies get the best out of them by innovating their digital presence and business processes. They use open source software as much as possible because they believe technology should be open and shared. They have witnessed the power of open source communities and their ability to overcome problems. They operate fairly towards clients, collaborators and competitors. They take any precautions available for the privacy and safety of our clients and guarantee the fair use of their data. Their are a CoOp. They believe that the cooperative way of working is more fair, more productive and more fulfilling and they aim to help expand it.