I AM AN INTERACTION DESIGN RESEARCHER, DESIGN EDUCATOR, CRAFTY PERSON, AND DOG LOVER AND HANDLER. 

Since November 2018, I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Computer Science Dept. at The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC. I work for their Design for People (DfP) CREATE initiative developing an interaction design-oriented graduate program.

I recently finished my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction/ Interaction Design Research at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, BC, Canada in the Everyday Design Studio under the supervision of Professors Ron Wakkary, Peter-Paul Verbeek (University of Twente, Netherlands), and Carman Neustaedter. My research interests include interaction design, research through design, speculative design, human-technology relations, philosophy of technology (specifically technological mediation theory, postphenomenology and other posthumanist approaches) and its relation to design research and practice, sustainable interaction design, DIY, and human-animal interaction.

I grew up in Germany and moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2011. I hold a Diplom – which is a German graduate degree comparable with an honours bachelor’s degree – in Information Science & Engineering from Hochschule Darmstadt (h_da) and a Masters of Arts in Design from Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Schwäbisch Gmünd, a small design school firmly rooted in the era of Bauhaus and especially curricular developments of the Ulm School of Design.

After finishing my Master’s degree in 2009, I worked for nearly two years in academic management for the interaction design program at the HfG Schwaebisch Gmuend. The program that I helped developed their was the first interaction design program in Germany and it has been very successful. In addition, I taught several courses at both h_da and HfG while most recently teaching Interaction Design studio classes at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Earlier, I have also worked in research at advertising agencies (Ogilvy & Mather, saatchi & saatchi) and consulting companies (Mayerhoefer & Co).

I’m an animal lover and have a dog and a cat. I love mastering challenges or just have fun with my dogs. I’m enthusiastic about healthy and environmental-friendly living, crafty and hobby things, DIY everything, cooking, foraging, I enjoy hiking and camping in and around BC and I love Hawai’i. Occasionally, you can find me competing at dog shows and obedience trials.

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You can e-mail me to shauser [dot] mail [at] gmail [dot] com