Paula Forbes

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Dr Paula Forbes is currently working on a Horizon 2020 research project called TRIPLE,  the goal of the project is to build a digital platform supporting researchers with the discoverability of new data, projects and collaborators. Social Science and Humanities (SSH) fields are divides across a wide range of disciplines and languages which leads to fragmentation, preventing researchers from finding all the relevant data easily. Use and re-use of SSH research is low, interdisciplinary collaboration possibilities may be missed and societal impact is limited by these issues.  TRIPLE aims to address these issues; it enables researchers to discover and re-use SSH data, across projects, disciplines, and language boundaries. The platform will provide a means to build strong interdisciplinary projects and to develop large-scale scientific missions.  TRIPLE imagines new ways to conduct, connect and discover research; it will promote cultural diversity inside Europe; it will support scientific, industrial and societal applications of SSH science; it will connect researchers and projects with other stakeholders: citizens, policy makers, companies, enabling them to take part in research projects or to answer to some of their issues.

Paula has also worked in the School of Applied Science (on the InForCare project  and in the School of Design and Informatics on the Stepping Up Project (  

Education/Academic qualification

Higher Education, PG Certificate in Higher Education, Abertay University

Applied Computing, Masters (MSc), University of Dundee

Environmental Science, PhD, University of Edinburgh

Crop Protection, Masters (MSc), University of Aberdeen

Life Science, BSc, University of Hull

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Research Output 1996 2020

Anaerobic digestion of food waste: eliciting sustainable water-energy-food nexus practices with agent based modelling and visual analytics

Falconer, R. E., Haltas, I., Varga, L., Forbes, P. J., Abdel-Aal, M. & Panayotov, N., 11 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 120060.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Anaerobic digestion

Stepping up. What will it take to accelerate a step-change in sustainability for water, energy and food? EPSRC funded project EP/N00583X/1 final report

Larkin, A., Abdel-Aal, M., Druckman, A., Falconer, R., Forbes, P. J., Hoolohan, C., Lumbroso, D., McLachlan, C., Scott, M., Shu, Q., Simpson, M., Soutar, I., Suckling, J. & Varga, L., 2019, Manchester. 18 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
decision making

Working towards fostering programming acceptance in the everyday lives of older and adult people with low levels of formal education: a qualitative case study

Sayago, S., Bergantinos, A. & Forbes, P., 4 Mar 2019, Perspectives on Human-Computer Interaction research with older people. Sayago, S. (ed.). Cham: Springer International Publishing, p. 237-252 16 p. (Human-Computer Interaction Series (HCIS)).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

everyday life
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Creating personas for political and social consciousness in HCI design

Wilson, A., De Paoli, S., Forbes, P. & Sachy, M., 5 Nov 2018, In : Persona Studies. 4, 2, p. 25-46 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social consciousness
political consciousness
political goal
data analysis

The ABCD of usability testing

Forbes, P., De Paoli, S. & Scott-Brown, K. C., 6 Mar 2018, Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017). Hall, L., Flint, T., O'Hara, S. & Turner, P. (eds.). BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Decision making
Software packages