Associate Professor Bieke Zaman

Associate Professor Bieke Zaman is a social scientist whose work lies primarily at the intersection of human computer interaction research and communication sciences. Bieke’s research and teaching interest include the interactions between people and technologies, questioning why technology has been shaped in a particular way and to serve which interests. Bieke is an advocate in initiating a dialogue with the designers of new technologies and involving stakeholders in the design process to achieve more value-sensitive design. She hopes that future researchers and designers will take the unique meaning- making processes and experiences of children and young people as a starting point, not only to improve or mitigate risky, harmful, and undesirable issues, but also to facilitate a contextualised reflection on who young people want to be in a digital society.

Bieke is currently an investigator in an ARC Discovery Project examining the benefits and risks of connected toys for children. She is a member of several editorial boards, including Associate Editor of the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. Bieke also sits on numerous international conference committees related to children and technology, including Vice-Chair of the European Communication Research and Education Association’s Section on Children, Youth and Media. Bieke’s work has resulted in more than 60 international peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including recent papers on parental mediation practices of young children’s digital media use at home and the challenges and opportunities of involving young people in privacy by design decision-making.

Earliest digital memory
In my family, we used to go on summer holidays by car, and during these long trips, I often played Tetris with my brother and sister as a child.

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