• We work out in the user communities and strive to reflect the spirit of those communities in all that we do.

    We work in the user-communities and strive to reflect the spirit of those communities in all that we do.

  • What kind of behaviours occur online that do not happen elsewhere?

  • We believe in participatory research that is engaging and fun for the communities we work with.

    We believe in participatory research that is engaging and fun for the communities we work with.

  • Participatory research generates multiple data types requiring new analytical methods to be developed.

  • Schoolchildren often see the possibilities for their online security in ways that differ to adults.

  • What kind of information do you disclose about yourself online?

  • What kind of information do you look for online?

  • We also look at how people work and collaborate together, in shared physical and online spaces.

  • Folded paper cubes, represent the many dimensions surrounding families separated by prison sentences.

  • Detail of a wall-hanging showing the concerns of family members about rigid prison-visiting regimes.

Possible Futures Lab specialises in user-community research that is designed to promote change in the communities we work with and focuses on social and organisational aspects of information management and exchange. We conduct user-centered, often participatory research concentrating on designing new methods for gathering research data and conducting analysis, drawing on techniques from the arts, humanities, informatics and social sciences. Key research themes in our work include: trust, privacy, power, identity, agency, and provenance.

Visualisation and Other Methods of Expression
VOME was funded by TSB, EPSRC and ESRC and finished in July 2012.
Families Separated by Prison
Hidden Families was funded by AHRC Connected Communities Programme and ran until until October 2012.
Cyber Security Cartographies
CySeCa runs until May 2016. We blend human-centered design and visual research methods with more traditional network security research. 
Studies in social and technical risk
TREsPASS runs until November 2016. The Lab contributes human-centered design and art practice to the development of a visual language for visualising cyber security.