Restoring Information's Body
Lucy Suchman is Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, and Co-Director of Lancaster’s Centre for Science Studies. Before taking up her present position she spent twenty years as a researcher at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, where she was a founding member and Manager of the Work Practice and Technology area. Her research has involved ethnographic studies of everyday practices of technology design and use, as well as interdisciplinary and participatory interventions in information technology design. Her 2007 book Human-Machine Reconfigurations (Cambridge University Press 2007) includes an annotated version of the text of her earlier Plans and Situated Actions: the problem of human-machine communication. The sequel adds five new chapters, looking at relevant developments since the mid 1980s both in computing and in social studies of technology. Lucy served as Program Chair for the Second Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work in 1988, and for the first Conference on Participatory Design of Computer Systems in 1990. In 2010 she received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award.