December 2015 Bulletin: Selected News Stories

8 December 2015

We hope you enjoy the final Balance Network bulletin for 2015! As always, if you’d like us to include an item in the bulletin and on our website, email a title and short description to stephanie.cziczo ‘at’

  1. Recent Events: Rhythms, routines and relationships & IET House of Lords event
  2. Work and Family Researchers Network
  3. What happened to the 9 to 5?
  4. Future and Emerging Technologies funding
  5. Women in the tech sector
  6. PhD Scholarship in Mobilities Research
  7. Recent Publications: Creativity Greenhouse, Creativity Bento Box, and Digital Ethnography
  8. Reminders & Updates

1. Recent Events
Rhythms, routines and relationships
The first of the Balance Network-funded activities – Rhythms, routines and relationships working party – was held on 26-27 November. As tweeted by one attendee: “Great discussions of #dailyrhythms and digital tech. Looking forward to more. Thanks to @Rachel_Macrorie & co for organising”. The group will now be developing a series of short Working Papers based on discussions. Visit the webpage to see the full programme – more information including presentations from the event will be uploaded there.

IET House of Lords event
The Balance Network was invited to the Institute of Engineering & Technology’s (IET) annual House of Lords event on 25 November. It was great to make new connections between the network and a number of organisations within the technology industry, as well as members of the IET’s policy panels on communication and IT, and those working within parliament and government, like the House of Lords Communication Panel. We are always happy to facilitate links between groups connected to the Balance Network, so if you are interested, please get in touch.

2. Work and Family Researchers Network
The US-based Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) has just created a special interest group focused on Work-Family Issues and Technology. The group aims to foster research collaborations on the impact of technology on work-life issues and at providing employees, employers and policy makers with practical strategies for managing work-life issues and technology. Join them at the WFRN conference in Washington, June 23-25, 2016. If you would like to receive updates on the group, please contact Ariane Ollier-Malaterre at

3. What happened to the 9 to 5?
Balance Network member Dr Juliet Jain of UWE passed along The Joy of 9 to 5, a 30-minute BBC radio programme on the UK’s office culture and long working hours.

4. Future and Emerging Technologies funding
The 2016-2017 Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) part of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme will include additional funding for previously supported projects, as well as new topics, including Future technologies for societal change and Disruptive information technologies.

5. Women in the tech sector
Westminster Forum Projects is running a (admittedly not cheap!) one-day seminar on Women in the tech sector: access, skills development and policy priorities to be held 1 March 2016 in Central London. The seminar will discuss next steps for policy – and businesses and the education system – to further increase opportunities for women within the tech sector, and improve gender equality throughout related industries.

6. PhD Scholarship in Mobilities Research
The Australian National University is currently offering a PhD scholarship for a student to work on an ARC Discovery project entitled ‘Living apart together: How mobile work is transforming Australian homes’. The project is being led by Dr David Bissell (ANU) with Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray (Western Sydney University).  This scholarship is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and applications close at 12pm 14 December.

7. Recent Publications
Holger Schnadelbach of Nottingham University has co-authored two publications about the Creativity Greenhouse project, at which the Balance Network was developed. The overall project is described in Creativity Greenhouse: At-a-distance collaboration and competition over research funding, which will be downloadable until 7 January. The second paper is Creativity Bento Box – A Physical Resource Pack to Support Interaction in Virtual Space .

Digital Ethnography Principles and Practice contextualises digital and pre-digital ethnographic research and demonstrates how the methodological, practical and theoretical dimensions are increasingly intertwined.

8. Reminders & Updates
‘Going off the grid’: Can employees really switch off during travel?
This Balance Network-funded event at Bournemouth University will be held 9 March 2016. The conference will ask: “What happens if ‘going off the grid’ is no longer an option in our hyper-connected and work-centred lifestyles?”

Researcher in Residence Programme
The Digital Catapult and the RCUK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is accepting Researchers in Residence Programme applications and the closing date is December 6, 2015.

MREV – Call for Papers: Digital Working Life
Management Revue journal is hosting a seminar at the IUC Dubrovnik  April 11-15, 2016. Seminar abstracts are due by January 31 and papers for the journal are due by July 31.

BBC Capital
The BBC’s feature section, Capital, has recently featured a number of work-life balance articles that might be of interest to BN members.

CoDE 2016 Conference
The Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE) conference will be held at Anglia Ruskin, 12-13 May 2016. CoDE invite submissions for: 1) 20-minute paper presentations; 2) digital demonstrations with an accompanying poster; 3) lightning round presentations. Submit to before January 18.

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