Work of the Future

NordiCHI 2022 Workshop

Sunday, 9th of October 2022 (hybrid)

The recent COVID-19 pandemic, and consequent lockdown, have demonstrated the potential benefits and possibilities of remote work practices, but also the challenges of re-thinking remote work. Remote and hybrid work will certainly be part of the future of most work practices, but what should these future work practices look like? Should we merely attempt to fix what we already have or can we be bolder and speculate different kinds of workplace futures? How can we develop technologies for stimulating new ways of working?

The Workshop

In this workshop, we explore possibilities of the future of work, with a focus on hybrid work. We use speculative techniques and ideas that can help rethink the practices and infrastructures of hybrid work and its future. The focus is on more than just the efficiency of task completion, rather, we seek to foreground and productively support the invisible relation and articulation work that is necessary to ensure overall wellbeing and productivity.

During the workshop, we will discuss the research trajectory to achieve these imagined futures (the stranger the better) by developing and sketching out this research space. The workshop therefore contributes with an exploration of potential special issues, workshop series, test for methodologies for future hybrid imaginaries, future fictions, and a toolkit that will be published on our website for other workshops.

Call for Participation

To take part in the workshop, you need to submit a 2-3 pages position paper (not including references) based on the theme Work of the Future. The paper should be in the ACM format, but we invite you to use the format creatively. To the workshop, you are also welcome to bring sketches or artefacts that communicate your ideas and work, though this is not required.

The paper should present your background, relevant activities, and a position statement reflecting ideas you would like to present at the workshop. This could be provocations, different envisionings of what a future of work might look like, considerations of current challenges in new hybrid work arrangements, proposals for solutions, changes, refigurings, and fabulations of work arrangements. For inspiration, we have listed potential topics (though not limited to):

  • Expressions of agency and hierarchy
  • Multimodality
  • Network work (unpaid work work)
  • Algorithmic surveillance
  • Work during Covid-19
  • Ethics
  • Trust
  • Privacy
  • Design
  • Design Processes
  • Imagining the future of work
  • Hybrid work technology solutions

The position papers will be published on this website to be read by the participants before the workshop. We will accept up to 20 presenting participants for the workshop, and position papers will be selected by their contribution with diversity as additional criteria (various research fields and a balance of remote/in-person participation).

The workshop will be a hybrid event, with both remote and in-person participants at the conference site in Aarhus, Denmark.

Please use the link to Google Forms below for your submission.

The deadline for submission is August 12, 2022.

If you have any questions, please reach out to


Melanie Duckert is a PhD student at the Computer Science Department, IT University of Copenhagen. From an HCI perspective, she studies how digital technologies can enrich hybrid work arrangements, with special interest in ethics and privacy.

Eve Hoggan is an Associate Professor at Aarhus University, focusing on multi-sensory collaborative systems. She also investigates interaction techniques, and multimodal interaction, with a particular passion for haptics. She currently leads the DIREC ReWork research project on ‘The Futures of Hybrid Work’, and also has experience of planning and conducting workshops.

Louise Barkhuus is a Professor at the IT University where she researches the interaction between socio-technical systems and people’s perceptions and behavior. In particular, her research focuses on privacy and ethics in relation to location and context sensitive systems, as well collaborative systems. She has extensive experience in planning and conducting workshop and has previously conducted three workshops at ACM conferences.

Pernille Bjørn is Professor and Deputy Head of Department for Research at DIKU. Her research is situated within CSCW and HCI, in particular virtual teams and global work (including global software development; global engineering; entrepreneurial activities). She is expert on design interventions including sociomaterial-design and intertextual design and founder of and} – gender diversity \& inclusion in CS education and industry.

Nina Boulus-Rødje is an Associate Professor in the Sustainable Digitalization Research Group, and the Director of Studies for Informatics (BSc) and Digital Transformation (MA/, at the Department of People and Technologies, Roskilde University. Her research is situated within CSCW and HCI, with special interest in digital transformation, sustainable digitalization, tech entrepreneurship in conflict areas, ethnographies of technologies.

Susanne Bødker is Professor at the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University. She researches in Participatory Design and CSCW, with particular focus on computer mediated work.

Naja Holten Møller is Assistant Professor at DIKU where she researches on cooperative work in complex, professional work domains, and the relationship with technology-support.

Irina Shklovski is Professor of Communication and Computing at the University of Copenhagen and an expert in responsible design, ethical computing and speculative interventions through critical technical practice. She studies ethics in technology development, privacy, data leakage on mobile devices, creepy technologies and the sense of powerlessness people experience in the face of massive personal data collection.