I am a Digital Civics PhD student at Newcastle University, working with powered wheelchair users to understand their experiences of ‘getting about’ cities and public spaces through the use of mobile technologies. 

Together, we are exploring ways that these experiences might be used to bring about more accessible places and interactions. This work lies at the intersection of disability studies, human geography, sociology, urbanism and human computer interaction.

I am particularly interested in the roles played by technologies in diverse, geographically dispersed communities, such as diasporas and those living with chronic conditions such as rare diseases, and how technologies may be used to enhance civic participation and influence policymaking.

Prior to my PhD, I worked in translational neuromuscular research for the TREAT-NMD Alliance, working especially on liaison and engagement between clinicians, researchers, patients and families as part of the CARE-NMD project.


Forthcoming: Rodger, S., Jackson, D., Vines, J., McLaughlin, J., Wright, P. (2019) JourneyCam: Exploring Experiences of Accessibility and Mobility among Powered Wheelchair Users through Video and Data. Proc. SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’19). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

Otto, C., Steffensen, B., Højberg, A., Barkmann, C., Rahbek, J., Ravens-Sieberer, U., Mahoney, A., Vry, J, Gramsch, K., Thompson, R., Rodger, S., Bushby, K., Lochmüller, H., Kirschner, J. (2017) Predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy from six European countries.Journal of Neurology 264 (4): 709-723.

Rodger, S., Vines, J., & McLaughlin, J. (2016) Technology and the Politics of Mobility: Evidence Generation in Accessible Transport ActivismProc. SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

Vry, J., Gramsch, K., Rodger, S., Thompson, R., Steffensen, B., et al (2016) European Cross-Sectional Survey of Current Care Practices for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Reveals Regional and Age-Dependent DifferencesJournal of Neuromuscular Diseases 3 (4): 517-527.

Johnson, C. & Rodger, S. (2015) Did Perception of the Economy Affect Attitudes to Immigration at the 2010 British General Election? Social Science Quarterly 96 (5): 1214-1225.

Rodger, S., Woods, K., Bladen, C., Stringer, A., Vry, J., et al. (2015) Adult Care for Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the UKJournal of Neurology 262 (3): 629-641.

Kinnett, K., Rodger, S., Vroom, E., Furlong, P., Aartsma-Rus, A., Bushby, K. (2015) Imperatives for DUCHENNE MD: A Simplified Guide to Comprehensive Care for Duchenne Muscular DystrophyPLoS Currents

Rodger, S., Lochmüller, H., Tassoni, A., Gramsch, K., König, K., et al. (2013) The TREAT-NMD care and trial site registry: an online registry to facilitate clinical research for neuromuscular diseasesOrphanet Journal of Rare Diseases 8 (1): 171.

Position Papers and Presentations

Rodger, S. (2018). Journeying: an exploration of power wheelchair users’ experiences of place and mobility through mobile technologies and ‘go alongs’.  Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, August 2018.

Rodger, S. (2018). The Social and Material Complexities of ‘Accessibility’ in Public Spaces: Conveying Powered Wheelchair Users’ Experiences Through Mobile Phone Technologies. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, April 2018.

Rodger, S. & Vines, J. (2016) Sousveillance and Activism: Challenging Asymmetries of Power? (CHI 2016 Workshop Position Paper).

Rodger, S. & Vines, J. (2016) Ethical Dilemmas in HCI: Small Charities and Politicised Campaigning (CHI 2016 Workshop Position Paper).

Rodger, S., Davidson, N., & Vines, J. (2015) Informed Consent for Research in Life-limiting Diseases: Overcoming Therapeutic Misconception. (CHI 2015 Workshop Position Paper).