I'm Lisa Koeman, Senior User Researcher at the Government Digital Service (GDS). I study how people use technology, and use those insights to design and build better technology.

I have an interest in using tech for good and am happiest when making things. I've also completed a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at University College London, where I studied what role the combination of technology and data visualisations can have in supporting local communities.

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Recent case study

Image Measures of Us project - hand of someone casting vote
Image Measures of Us project - woman casting vote
Image Measures of Us project - schoolchildren and parents casting votes
Image Measures of Us project - man casting vote
Image Measures of Us project - women looking at visualisation

Across six neighbourhoods in Birmingham people were asked to answer questions relating to their happiness and wellbeing via situated voting devices. Results were displayed on outdoor boards throughout the city.


My work has been featured in various media outlets, including BBC News, The Atlantic, Wired, Gizmodo, Fast Company, Engadget, Washington Post, Yahoo!, The Daily Dot, Le Mouv, Experimenta Magazine, MetaTrend, and Cambridge News. It has also been exhibited at the Graphic Design Festival Breda. In addition, I have a series of academic publications at top HCI conferences.

Public speaking

I have given talks at Microsoft Research, Goldsmiths University, University College London, University of Amsterdam and various academic and industry conferences including CHI, DIS, UbiComp, PerDis and UXPA.


Please get in touch via hi@lisakoeman.nl, or find me on LinkedIn or Twitter