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The eWorkLife podcast series offers long-form conversations with academics and thought leaders, on how technology can help and hinder us in managing our work and wellbeing. You can explore the conversations below. These tell personal stories of career journeys that demonstrate a common theme of just how unplanned an academic career often is, including failures, as well as successes. My guests describe the roots of their research interests, how these have evolved and what inspires their work today. We also explore the insights they have gained into the design and use of technology, both to gather data and create interventions, and give practical hints and tips about how we can take control of our digital technology to thrive.

You can find us on Soundcloud, Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

Dave Cook in white tshirt and black jacket

Episode 8: Dave Cook: digital designer to anthropologist | the wellbeing secrets of digital nomads

In this episode: In today’s episode, Prof Anna Cox talks to Dave Cook, a digital anthropologist researching the practices of digital nomads. These are people who’ve taken remote working to the extreme by choosing to live in a different country from where they work. We talk about how he started out as a designer in … Continue reading

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Episode 7: Dr Kathy Stawarz: How to change your habits |Turning random ideas into helpful tech

In this episode: Prof Anna Cox is talking to Dr Kathy Stawarz, a lecturer in the School of Computer Science and informatics at Cardiff University. She has a keen interest in technology for health, wellbeing and safety. We talk about the role of random events in directing the course of her career; her knack for … Continue reading

David Ellis wearing a white shirt, blue jacket and glasses

Episode 6: Dr David Ellis: revolutionising psychology research with tech & smartphone data

In this episode: Prof Anna Cox talks to Dr David Ellis, a psychologist with a keen interest in technology and the data it produces. We talk about how he owes his career to his mum who first suggested that he study psychology at university, how a curiosity to play around with technology lies behind much … Continue reading

Ann Blandford

Episode 5: Prof Ann Blandford, digital health pioneer, on her career journey & work on long COVID

In this episode: Anna Cox talks to Professor Ann Blandford, an expert in digital health. We cover how her rebellious streak led her to study maths at Cambridge before embarking on a career in computer science, the importance of progressive teachers and how they shaped her life as a student, and as a woman managing … Continue reading

Conor Linehan

Episode 4: Dr Conor Linehan – Psychology and the design of technology for fitness and health

Episode description: Prof Anna Cox talks to Dr Conor Linehan, an expert in the design and evaluation of technology to support education and health behaviours. We cover his journey from being a psychologist to a leading HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) specialist, working on the application of behavioural psychology principles to technology design. Conor has a particular … Continue reading

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Episode 3 – Joe Newbold: How can music help us to sit less, move more and be more productive?

How can music help us to sit less, move more and be more productive? (Hint: there’s more to it than go-faster music in the gym.) Continue reading

Paulina Bondaronik

Episode 2 – Paulina Bondaronek: There are over 300,000 health apps available so why aren’t we all much fitter?

There are over 300,000 health apps available so why aren’t we all much fitter? Prof Anna Cox in conversation with Dr Paulina Bondaronek. Continue reading

Episode 1 – eWorkLife Teaser

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