Call for Participation

People’s use of behavior change technologies (BCT’s) is strongly connected to the activities and experiences that occur alongside the use of these technologies. Behavior change often involves other people (e.g. friends, family), and activities (e.g. work, jogging) and is connected to a high level of emotionality, deriving from people’s lives, worries, hopes and interests. However, the ways in which BCT’s are enmeshed in the everyday life are often overlooked within research and practice.

Our goal is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to discuss notions and applications of everyday life within behavior change. Reflecting on the notion of “everyday life” is important for at least two reasons: it allows explicating what kind of information of the lives of users designers need, and analysing what kind of desirable everyday life is (implicitly or explicitly) presupposed in the design of BCT’s.

In this workshop we will: (a) introduce and scrutinise different conceptions of everyday life; (b) reflect on the conceptions of everyday life involved in the design, development, and evaluation of BCT’s; and (c) discuss the potential trade-off(s) that must be made between theoretical conceptions of the everyday life and their materialisation in BCT’s. 

Workshop Format

This 90 minutes workshop will be split across rapid, “workshop madness” discussions summarising different notions and experiences with, BCTs in the everyday life, small-group breakout discussions and full-group presentations that distill and summarise the breakout sessions. The discussions will be dedicated to the topics of “sensing and making sense of, “evaluating” and “challenges and trade-off(s) of researching” the everyday life. We will conclude with a rapid synthesis and group discussion.

The workshop will take place on November 6, 5:30-7pm (Central European Time).


Interested in participating? All participants are required to be registered in the Philosophy of Human-Technology Relations 2020 Conference. Read more about the conference and registration here.

Also, please let us know about your interest in participating by filling in the following form. Attendance is limited, so be sure to sign up to reserve your spot.


Rúben Gouveia
is an Assistant Professor at the University of Twente. His research focuses on designing, developing and evaluating tools that support health and wellbeing and evaluating how these tools augment abilities to reflect and to identify opportunities for change – such becoming more physically active and eating healthier
Roelof de Vries
is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente. He investigates ways to tackle chronic disease prevention through careful intervention design. In his research, he explores how we can motivate people to inherently change their behavior (such as eating or exercise) through theory-based and tailored interventions delivered by technology
Bas de Boer
is a philosopher of technoscience who works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente. He is interested in how technoscientific developments shape the ways in which people understand themselves and the world around them. His research focuses on how technologies shape how people experience and understand their own health and well-being.