Teaching in 2020
- as Course Coordinator and Lecturer
MA Victoria University of Wellington
PhD University of Auckland
Current Research Projects
My research is situated at the intersection of subjectivity, design, and technology. I explore the role of User Experience (UX) design in mediating relationships and shaping user subjectivity, particularly in the contexts of robotics and screen-based interactions. I currently have three research projects:
The Politics of Digital Wellbeing In Aotearoa New Zealand. This project traces a cultural geneology of digital wellbeing from the New Communalists in California to the New Frontiers movement in Aotearoa NZ.
The Uses of the Breath: Humane Technology and the Politics of Consciousness. In this project, I’m connecting the concept of use-value to techniques of mindfulness embedded in the humane technology movement.
Affective Robotics. In this work, I explore the role played by interaction design, embodiment, and materiality in human-robot interaction.
Areas of Supervision
- Technology and subjectivity
- Affect and emotion
- Digital wellbeing
- Human-computer interaction
- Privacy and design
- Forthcoming, ‘Wellness Capitalism and the Design of the ‘Perfect User’, in Science, Technology & Human Values (with Alex Beattie and Catherine Caudwell).
- Cherie Lacey, Catherine Caudwell, Alex Beattie. ‘The Perfect User’ (2019). Real Life Magazine. https://reallifemag.com/the-perfect-user/
- Catherine Caudwell, Cherie Lacey, and Eduardo B. Sandoval (2019). ‘The (Ir)Relevance of Robot Cuteness: An Exploratory Study of Emotionally Durable Robot Design.’ OzCHI, 3-5 Dec., Perth, Australia (full paper).
- Cherie Lacey and Catherine Caudwell (2019). ‘Cuteness as a ‘Dark Pattern’ in Home Robots’. Human-Robot Interaction, 13-15 March, Daegu, South Korea (full paper, alt.HRI strand).
- Catherine Caudwell and Cherie Lacey (2019). ‘What Do Home Robots Want? The Ambivalent Power of ‘Cuteness’ in Robotic Relationships’. Convergence: The International Journal of Research in New Media Technologies.
- Rebecca Hawkes and Cherie Lacey (2019). ‘‘The Future of Sex’: Intermedial Desire between Fembot Fantasies and Sexbot Technologies’. The Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 0, No. 0 (early view). https://doi.org/10.1111/jpcu.12748
- Cherie Lacey and Catherine Caudwell (2018). ‘The Robotic Archetype: Character Animation and Social Robotics’. In: S. Ge et al. (eds) Social Robotics. ICSR 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 11357. Springer. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-030-05204-1_3
- Ingrid Horrocks and Cherie Lacey (eds) (2016). Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand. Victoria University Press.
- Cherie Lacey and Cindy Zeiher (2015). ‘Falling in Love is a Piece of Cake: A Cinematic Logic of Love’. Ecranosphere no.2 (Winter). http://www.ecranosphere.ca/articles/2015/pdf/Lacey-Zeiher_n2.pdf
- Cherie Lacey (2012). ‘Reconciling History in Vincent Ward’s River Queen. In James E. Bennett and Rebecca Beirne (eds.). Making Film and Television Histories: Australia and New Zealand. I.B. Tauris, pp. 85-91.
- Cherie Lacey (2011). ‘Unsettled Historiography: Postcolonial Anxiety and the Burden of the Past in Pictures.’ In Alistair Fox, Barry Keith Grant, and Hilary Radner (eds). New Zealand Cinema: Interpreting the Past. Intellect, pp.99-118.