Katerina Gorkovenko’s PhD is explored how the use of personal devices while watching television—commonly known as second screens—can support engagement with political discourse.
The first phase of her research involved understanding existing behaviour around political TV programmes. For example, BBC’s Question Time is accompanied by a backchannel of discussion and commentary on Twitter. Part this research included an observational study around the 2015 UK General Election debates.
She responded to these findings with design-led interventions, including with Social Printers, a network of connected products that linked a small group of participants during the 2016 Scottish and European elections, and with speculative concepts for future second screen experiences.
Gorkovenko, K. and Taylor, N. (2019). Audience and expert perspectives on second screen engagement with political debates. Proceedings of TVX 2019, ACM, 70–82. doi:10.1145/3317697.3323352
Gorkovenko, K., Taylor, N. and Rogers, J. (2017). Social Printers: a physical social network for political debates. Proceedings of CHI 2017, ACM, 2269–2281. doi:10.1145/3025453.3025611 (Honorable Mention Award)
Gorkovenko, K. and Taylor, N. (2016). Politics at home: second screen behaviours and motivations during TV debates. Proceedings of NordiCHI 2016, ACM. doi:10.1145/2971485.2971514
Funded by the University of Dundee’s EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Oct 2014–Jun 2018.