Rosanna Bellini

When I first attempted to convert to a computer science degree in 2015, I thought that there’s no way my brain will ever get to grips with the process of programming; it couldn’t be more different than the philosophical texts I had to parse through for my undergraduate Philosophy.

Slowly but surely, I built up the confidence to realise that coding was more about persistence and creativity than getting it right first time, and I felt like I really started to get to grips with design, user interaction and user experience. It wasn’t long before I found the exciting and innovative community of researchers within Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and well, the rest is history. For the past three years I’ve been specialising my PhD doctoral research at Open Lab, Newcastle University in how we can design, build and evaluate digital services and tools to help charities meet the needs of their service users; tools that the charities can work with and the users actually want to use. Specifically, I’ve been working closely with many national domestic violence charities in their work to help support behaviour change for people who use abusive behaviours within their intimate relationships in the interest of protecting victim-survivors and vulnerable communities.