Rob Comber is a Lecturer in Computer Mediated Communication working to examine the methods and tools for promoting citizen participation across a range of social and civic issues, including education, health and digital civics. He has previously worked on the EU FP7 funded Balance@Home project as a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher, where he explored issues of Human-food Interaction with a specific focus on situated food practices for health in the household. He completed his PhD in the Department of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Ireland under the supervision of John McCarthy.
Rob is a founding member of the SIGCHI FoodCHI community and Managing Guest Editor of a 'Food and Interaction Design' special issue of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies (IJHCS). His research currently focuses on everyday practices, community, social communication, participation, social media, human-food interaction, and behaviour change. He employs ethnographic methods to understand how people engage in everyday practices with technology and each other.