The revamped WG 9.5: From ‘Virtuality & Society’ to ‘Our Digital Lives’ 

We are Petros, Brad and Kathrin — a diverse team of academics interested in digital technologies and their influences on different aspects of everyday life. We took over the leadership of WG 9.5 a year ago at HCC13 in Poznań, Poland and we are happy to announce that our revamped WG name, ‘Our Digital Lives’, was approved earlier this month.

Our new name and scope allow us to more accurately contribute to current discussions on the ‘digital’ in a variety of domains, touching on any issues relative to ‘our digital lives’. We are currently in the process of organising a few exciting events likely to lead to opportunities for collaborations across the academic and practitioner communities, so stay tuned If you are interested in becoming a member and being added to our mailing list, email Kathrin ( directly.

Chair of WG 9.5 Petros Chamakiotis

Chair of WG 9.5 Petros Chamakiotis

Petros, Brad and Kathrin: The new leadership team of WG 9.5

Based in Spain, the UK and Austria, WG 9.5’s new leadership team encapsulate the international and digital aspects of today’s work.


Petros (Chair of WG 9.5) is currently in transit from the University of Sussex Business School in the UK to ESCP Europe Business School (Madrid Campus) in Spain where he will be an Associate Professor of Management from December 2019 onward. He is interested in the management of connectivity and digital work in its different forms. He was the Secretary of WG 9.5 between 2013 and 2018. He can be contacted by email at and on Twitter @petros_cham.

Vice-Chair of WG 9.5 Brad McKenna

Brad (Vice-Chair of WG 9.5) is a lecturer in Information Systems at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK. His research interests can be characterised by the relationships between information technology and people. He has always been interested in how and why people use technology, and how technological configurations impact the people that use them. He can be contacted by email at and on Twitter @DrBradMcKenna.

WG 9.5 Secretary Kathrin Bednar

Kathrin (Secretary of WG 9.5) is a research and teaching associate (pre-doc) at the Institute for Information Systems & Society at WU Vienna,  Austria. She has a background in psychology, philosophy and cognitive science and is currently looking into ethical IT design & innovation and technology attitudes. She can be contacted by email at