Wendy Moncur

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Professor (Socio-Digital Interaction)


Wendy Moncur is Interdisciplinary Professor of Digital Living at the University of Dundee, where she holds a joint appointment across DJCAD and the School of Nursing and Health Services. She is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. She also holds honorary appointments as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, where she is a member of the international Materialising Memories program, and as an Associate of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath.

Wendy leads the interdisciplinary Living Digital group, which is grounded in Human-Computer Interaction. The group researches the design of digital technologies to support people through ordinary experiences across the lifespan - for example, growing up, becoming a parent, breaking up from a partner, bereavement. There is an increasing focus on online identity, trust and cyber-security.

Before moving into academia, Wendy worked widely in the IT industry, across financial services, utilities and manufacturing sectors, as a database designer, systems analyst and programmer. She was awarded her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Aberdeen in 2011, for work on information communication across the social network during a health crisis.

Since 2011, she has been involved in research grants with a value exceeding £2 Million, beginning with a personal EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Cross disciplinary Interfaces), ranked 4th of only seven successful applications across all sciences in the UK. She has been Principal Investigator/Co-investigator on large grants including Charting the Digital Lifespan and TAPESTRY. She has published over 50 papers, book chapters and articles in fields including Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Design, Ethics, User Modelling, Social Sciences and Law: full details are available via Discovery. Her work has been presented at major international scientific conferences.

She has served on technical program committees including CHI, CSCW and DIS, and on PhD committees in the UK, Australia and the Netherlands. She has invited talks at a diverse range of public events including the Cheltenham Literature Festival and the Edinburgh Turing Festival. Her work has been featured on television, radio and in the press both nationally and internationally. She reviews widely for conferences and journals across her fields of expertise.

Applications to undertake a PhD are welcome from potential students with interests in socio-technical topics including identity, life transitions, trust, security, ethics and health.

Research projects

TAPESTRY (EPSRC ref no EP/N02799X/1 (2016 – 2019). Co-Investigator. TAPESTRY investigates, develops and demonstrates transformational new technologies to enable people, businesses and digital services to connect safely online.

Funded by EPSRC. Total £1.07million. Value to University of Dundee £359K.


Meaningful Metadata: The things I wish I knew. (2017-2020). Lead supervisor. Co-supervisors Dr Siân Lindley (Microsoft Research UK) and Prof Elise van den Hoven (UTS, Australia). Explores novel approaches to integrating multiple data sources relating to a specific life transition, to support human remembering.

Funded by Microsoft Research. Value to University of Dundee £72,000.


Charting the Digital Lifespan (EPSRC ref no EP/L00383X/1). (2013 – 2016). Principal Investigator. Investigated parallels between digital and physical lifespans through ethnographic and design studies, facilitated through novel social data mining technology.

Funded by EPSRC. Total £883,000. Value to University of Dundee £220,000.


Digital Inheritance. (EPSRC ref no EP/I026304/1). Personal Fellowship. 2011-2015. Research explored the bequest, inheritance and repurposing of personal data in the context of the death of technology users.

Funded by EPSRC Research Fellowship (Cross-Disciplinary Interfaces). Value to University of Dundee £288,870.


Key Technology Partnership Visiting Fellowship. 2014. Personal award. Development of international research collaboration.

Funded by University of Technology Sydney, Australia. $10,000 AUD.


Development of a real-time healthcare process tracking system focused on enhancing patient safety. (2011-2013). Co-investigator. Improving patient safety through the user centred development of a system to track evidence-based practice being provided to patients in a Surgical High Dependency Unit.

Funded by NHS Tayside and Knowledge Transfer Programme/Technology Strategy Board. Value £189,560.


Tales of Dying@Home. 2013-2016. Principal investigator. Examined the role of personal health data in facilitating the wishes of the dying.

Funding: Projects for Scotland. £5000.