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HCDE guest lecture: Julie Hui, "Supporting Self-Directed Work in Socio-technical Communities"
HCDE guest lecture: Julie Hui, "Supporting Self-Directed Work in Socio-technical Communities"
WhenMonday, Feb 24, 2020, 10 – 11 a.m.
Campus locationStudent Union Building (HUB)
Campus room332
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsHuman Centered Design & Engineering

All are welcome to join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering for a special guest lecture.


Estimates are that within the next decade over 50% of the workforce will earn irregularly through a combination of part-time, on-demand, and self-employed work. This transition to a more self-directed and entrepreneurial way of working disproportionately affects under-resourced and minority workers. By collaborating with local communities, my research seeks to inform system designs that more equitably support self-directed work. In this talk, I will discuss two studies: 1) A community-based research project to support digital engagement among under-resourced entrepreneurs in Detroit's Eastside, and 2) A tool for novice entrepreneurs to write introductory email help requests. I take a mixed-methods approach involving participatory action research, interviews, observations, design-based research, and experiments. My research introduces new socio-technical interventions for skill and self-efficacy development and contributes new insights about the future of work.

Julie Hui an Assistant Professor/Presidential Post-doctoral Fellow in the University of Michigan’s School of Information. Her research focuses on understanding and designing socio-technical systems that provide equitable opportunities to self-directed work in online and co-located communities. She has studied the changing nature of work in the context of under-resourced neighborhoods, online creative communities, makerspaces, and project-based education. Her work has received an ACM Best of CSCW Honorable Mention award. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the University of Michigan's Center for Academic Innovation and Center for Research Learning and Teaching.

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