Participants Needed!

Edit: I’ve now recruited all my participants. Thanks to everyone who’s helped me out by spreading the word and signing up. Much love from a stressed out behavioural researcher.

How would you like to film yourself for 2 weeks and be paid £50 for it?

As part of my MSc (in Human-Computer Interaction at UCL, for those who may not know), I’m doing a research project investigating how people manage multiple user accounts and multifaceted identities online. I’m focussing specifically on public services, i.e. eGovernment, and I’ll be doing a video diary study over 2 weeks for which I need participants.

To qualify, participants must:

  • Have user accounts with at least 2 different public/government-based services* and login to them on more than one occasion over a 2-week period. These are essentially any accounts for services that are not social networking, online shopping, or media/entertainment.
  • Be available to meet me in the London area for 20-40-minute interviews on 3 (or 2) occasions over a 2-week period
  • Be willing to be equipped with a small video recorder and report your experience every time you login to one of your public service user accounts over the 2-week period
  • Complete this 5-minute survey first:

The study pays £50. Additionally, any travel expenses will be covered. The study should take roughly 4 hours +/- of your time.

If you have any questions, drop me an email at or comment here. Any help is much appreciated and please spread the word!

*Some examples:

  • Your (public) university user accounts: e.g. library services, Moodle, It’s Learning, Portico
  • Academia/research-related services: e.g. Wellcome Trust:
  • Library services
  • NHS:
  • Jobcentre Plus:
  • Student Finance:
  • Transport for London, e.g.:
    • Barclays Cycle Hire:
    • Congestion Charging:
    • Oyster Online:
    • Low Emission Zone:
  • Carbon Calculator:
  • National Rail:
  • Royal Mail:
  • Home Office UK Border Agency: Government Gateway (for e.g. DVLA, DWP):
  • HM Revenue & Customs (for e.g. Self Assessment, Tax Return, Pension): Y
  • Your local authorities (for e.g. Council Tax, Parking): e.g.,,,,, etc.

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