Carlos Alvarez

I am postgraduate researcher, designer, and communicator at Northumbria University Social Computing Lab (NorSC). I research wellbeing in the gig economy with particular interest in freelancing platforms. My expertise revolves around community engagements, visual design, serious games and simulations.

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Research Interests

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


TalkFutures: Supporting Qualitative Practices in Distributed Community Engagements. In ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS2020)

WhatFutures: Designing Large-Scale Engagements on WhatsApp. In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019)

The Future Red Cross and Red Crescent. In collaboration with the IFRC innovation and futures team


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.


Asteria – A 2D Game Design

During the Global Game Jam 2020, I worked with a multidisciplinary team of developers, designers and storytellers to craft a 2D game about Greek mythology.

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.

Supporting Qualitative Practices with Volunteering Communities Worldwide

This project engaged volunteers worldwide in community-led data analysis and dissemination processes.