Worker-Centered Design

Expanding HCI Methods for Supporting Labor

Call for Participation

Worker-Centered Design: Expanding HCI Methods for Supporting Labor is a one day workshop to be held Saturday, April 25th at the 2020 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020) in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

HCI has long considered sites of workplace collaboration. From airline cockpits to distributed groupware systems, scholars emphasize the importance of supporting a multitude of tasks and creating technologies that integrate into collaborative work settings. More recent scholarship highlights a growing need to consider the concerns of workers within and beyond established workplace settings or roles of employment, from steelworkers whose jobs have been eliminated with post-industrial shifts in the economy to contractors performing the content moderation that shapes our social media experiences.

This one-day workshop seeks to bring together a growing community of HCI scholars concerned with the labor upon which the future of work we envision relies. We will discuss existing methods for studying work that we find both productive and problematic, with the aim of understanding how we might better bridge current gaps in research, policy, and practice. Such conversations will focus on the challenges associated with taking a worker-oriented approach and outline concrete methods and strategies for conducting research on labor in changing industrial, political, and environmental contexts.

Apply to participate here.