The University of Southampton

Dr Richard Gomer BSc(Hons) MSc PhD (he/him)

I'm a Lecturer in Computer Science, working in the Web, AI and Society research group.

I originally gained a BSc in Computer Science, from Southampton, and then moved into Web Science via the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre to earn my MSc and PhD.

I’m a director of several organisations, and I represent West End North as a councillor on Eastleigh Borough Council, where I’m also Chair of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Panel. I've a particular interest in building pragmatic links between research and policy, particularly in local government.


Research interests

I work in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research, with a particular interest in how individuals and groups interact with large-scale systems, how those systems are designed, and how things like values and agency play out within them.

My PhD Thesis examined the role of values in Privacy & Data Protection, and Personal Fitness Devices, and how to incorporate values into Activity Theory.

From 2014 to 2018 I worked on design and policy for “Meaningful Consent” as part of the Meaningful Consent in the Digital Economy project.

Later I moved on to the Horizon 2020 QROWD project, working on human-AI interaction for crowdsourcing transportation data, and how different approaches to data governance can account for the motives and interests of different data stakeholders, including the crowd workers who are engaged in its production.



Baarslag, Tim, Alan, Alper T., Gomer, Richard C., Liccardi, Ilaria, Marreiros, Helia, Gerding, Enrico and schraefel, m.c. (2016) Negotiation as an interaction mechanism for deciding app permissions. In CHI EA '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM. pp. 2012-2019 . (doi:10.1145/2851581.2892340).

Baarslag, Tim, Alan, Alper, Gomer, Richard, Alam, Muddasser, charith, perera, Gerding, Enrico and Schraefel, Monica (2017) Meaningful Consent Study 2 Dataset. University of Southampton [Dataset]

Gomer, Richard C. (2018) Values in technology and practice: using Activity Theory to consider the role of values and technology in everyday activities. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis, 226pp.

Wakenshaw, Susan Y.L., Maple, Carsten, schraefel, mc, Gomer, Richard and Ghirardello, Kevin (2018) Mechanisms for meaningful consent in internet of things. In IET Conference Publications. vol. 2018, Institution of Engineering and Technology..

Maddalena, Eddy, Zeni, Mattia, Ibanez, Luis Daniel, Song, Donglei, Simperl, Elena, Gomer, Richard and Giunchiglia, Fausto (2019) Hybrid human machine workflows for mobility management. Liu, Ling and White, Ryen (eds.) In The Web Conference 2019 - Companion of the World Wide Web Conference, WWW 2019. ACM. pp. 102-109 . (doi:10.1145/3308560.3317056).

schraefel, m.c., Gomer, Richard, Alan, Alper, Gerding, Enrico and Maple, Carsten (2017) The Internet of Things: Interaction challenges to meaningful consent at scale. Interactions, 24 (6), 26-33. (doi:10.1145/3149025).

schraefel, m.c., Gomer, Richard, Gerding, Enrico and Maple, Carsten (2020) Rethinking transparency for the Internet of Things. In, Hildebrandt, Mireille and O'Hara, Kieron (eds.) Life and the Law in the Era of Data-Driven Agency. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 100-116. (doi:10.4337/9781788972000.00012).

Snow, Stephen, Filipczuk, Dorota, Viller, Stephen and Gomer, Richard (2020) Design jam as a pedagogy: teaching design thinking to computer science students at scale. 31st Australian Conference on Human-Computer interactionDecember 2019, , Perth/Fremantle, Australia. 03 - 05 Dec 2019. pp. 128-137 . (doi:10.1145/3369457.3369468).

Gomer, Richard and Simperl, Elena (2020) Trusts, co-ops and crowd workers: could we include crowd data workers as stakeholders in data trust design? (In Press) (doi:10.1017/dap.2020.21).

Gomer, Richard, Stein, Sebastian, Gerding, Enrico, schraefel, m.c., Maple, Carsten and Yazdanpanah, Vahid (2020) AutoTrust in 2020 and beyond: The landscape, stakeholders and possible futures of the Internet of Vehicles The Autotrust Platform

Gomer, Richard and schraefel, m.c. (2021) Meaning, motive and reconfiguration: could Activity Theory provide design directions for personal fitness technology? Body as Starting Point 4: CHI2021 Workshop on inbodied interaction, Online. 11 pp .

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