University staff profile

David Harley

Senior Lecturer

Applied Social Science

Telephone: +441273643472


Research interests

  • older people's appropriation of new technology
  • ethnographic studies of everyday technology use
  • mobile phone practices in public spaces
  • cyberpsychology
  • non-duality

Current projects

  • How does public mobile phone use affect intergenerational awareness and community cohesion?
  • Older people's computer club, the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven
  • Digital absence – an online study of intersubjective presence/absence
  • Silence research


My experience and education span both the technical and human spheres. An electronic engineer by trade, my first degree was in psychology with subsequent work in community care in the areas of mental health and learning disabilities. I recently completed my PhD in the areas of human computer interaction (HCI) and accessible design. During this period I researched older people's appropriation of computers and the Internet and aspects of intergenerational design.

I have also worked in industry for some years as a user experience consultant working with organisations such as the NHS, MacMillan Cancer Support and Random House Books. I am currently involved in my own research looking at mobile phone use in public spaces.


Number of items: 16.

Light, A., Howland, K., Hamilton, T. and Harley, David (2017) The meaning of place in supporting sociality In: DIS '17 Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 10-14 June 2017.

Harley, David (2016) Digital Inclusion and Public Space: The Effect of Mobile Phones on Intergenerational Awareness and Connection In: Murray, Lesley and Robertson, Susan, eds. Intergenerational mobilities: relationality, age and lifecourse. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 65-77. ISBN 9781472458766

Harley, David, Howland, Kate and Harris, Eric (2016) Trajectories to community engagement: Understanding older people’s experiences of engagement with online and local communities Journal of Community Informatics, 12 (1). pp. 104-127. ISSN 1712-4441

Harley, David (2016) Silence in academia In: Hermanson, Bob and Mumford, Clare, eds. Giving voice to silence. Interdisciplinary Net, ebook, pp. 1-7. ISBN 9781848884007 (Submitted)

Harley, David, Howland, Kate, Harris, Eric and Redlich, Cara (2015) 'Nearer to being characters in a book': how older people make sense of online communities and social networking sites In: 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Grand Hyatt, Kauai, 5-8 Jan 2015.

Harley, David, Howland, Kate, Harris, Eric and Redlich, Cara (2014) Online communities for older users: what can we learn from local community interactions to create social sites that work for older people In: Proceedings of BCS HCI 2014 Sand, Sea and Sky - Holiday HCI, Southport, UK, 9-12 September 2014.

Harley, David, Harris, Eric and Howland, Kate (2014) Trajectories to community engagement: understanding older people's experiences of engagement with online and local communities [Report (for external body)]

Harley, David and Fitzpatrick, Geraldine (2012) Appropriation of social networking by older people: two case studies In: ECSW 2011 Workshop on Fostering Social Interactions in the Ageing Society: Artefacts - Methodologies - Research Paradigms, 24-28 September 2011, Aarhus, Denmark.

Harley, David, Vetere, Frank, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine and Kurniawan, Sri H. (2012) Intergenerational context as an emphasis for design Universal Access in the Information Society, 11 (1). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1615-5289

Axelrod, Lesley, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Harley, David, White, Gareth and McAllister, Graham (2011) The WiiTM contribution to wellbeing of seniors in a sheltered housing setting In: Proceedings of Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability 2011, 25-26 October 2011, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Harley, David, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Axelrod, Lesley, White, Gareth and McAllister, Graham (2010) Making the Wii at home: game play by older people in sheltered housing In: 6th Symposium of the Workgroup Human-Computer Interaction and Usability Engineering, USAB 2010, Klagenfurt, Austria, 4-5 November, 2010.

Harley, David and Fitzpatrick, Geraldine (2009) YouTube and intergenerational communication: the case of Geriatric1927 Universal Access in the Information Society, 8 (1). pp. 5-20. ISSN 1615-5289

Harley, David, Kurniawan, Sri H., Fitzpatrick, Geraldine and Vetere, Frank (2009) Age matters: bridging the generation gap through technology-mediated interaction In: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 4-9, 2009, Boston.

Harley, David and Fitzpatrick, Geraldine (2008) Creating a conversational context through video blogging: a case study of Geriatric1927 Computers in Human Behavior, 25 (3). pp. 679-689. ISSN 0747-5632

Harley, David, Winn, Sandra, Wilcox, Paula and Pemberton, S. (2007) Using texting to support students' transition to university Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 44 (3). pp. 229-241. ISSN 1470-3297

Winn, Sandra, Harley, David, Wilcox, Paula and Pemberton, Sarah (2007) Reconceptualising student motivation: accounting for the social context beyond the classroom Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences, 3 (2). pp. 77-94. ISSN 1740-5866

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