Carlos Alvarez

I am doctoral researcher, designer, and communicator at Northumbria University Social Computing Lab (NorSC). I research worker-centred design approaches in the gig economy context. I am particularly interested in freelancing platforms. My expertise revolves around community engagements, visual design, serious games and simulations.

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Research Interests

  • Human-computer interaction
  • Future of work
  • Gig economy
  • Freelancing platforms
  • Digital wellbeing
  • Participatory design

Recent highlights

“Why lose control?” A Study of Freelancers’ Experiences with Gig Economy Platforms 🏆 Best Paper Award. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2021)

(Virtually) Attending CHI 21 sponsored by the Gary Marsden Travel Awards

The Gig Economy in Times of COVID-19: Designing for Workers’ Needs. In Microsoft Research Symposium on the New Future of Work

Featured Projects

Designing for Gig Economy Workers in Times of Crisis

This position paper brings attention to the issues that gig economy workers experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engaging  Volunteers Globally in Re-Imagining Humanitarian Futures

WhatFutures was an online game conducted entirely through WhatsApp. This game engaged volunteers around the world in creating a vision for 2030.

Designing the First Humanitarian Futures Exhibition

‘The Future Is Now’ is an exhibition that comprises of multiple artefacts and scenarios that speculated on what humanitarian operations could look like in 2030.


What I Learned from Humanitarian Innovation

After working as an innovation designer for the largest humanitarian network, I narrate my experiences and learnings.

Why I deleted my dating apps before 25?

A personal reflection on a journey of self-discovery and millennial young adulthood.

PhD Resources: Reflexions from Year 1

Embarking in a PhD journey can be daunting, but these resources during my first year has been an incredible asset.