Chelsea-Joy Wardle is in the second year of her Masters by research in Computer Science at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She works within the UCT Centre in Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D), where she aims to address social-technical problems in South Africa and other developing regions using ICTs and multi-disciplinary expertise.
Her Masters project involves working with the NGO, Milk Matters, a human milk bank situated in Cape Town. She’s been involved with Milk Matters, their respective mothers and recipient babies in the Groote Schuur Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for over two years now. She loves using her knowledge and expertise in HCI to give back to this under-represented community. The issues these women experience and overcome on a daily basis has given her passion during this project and leads her to want to continue using technology to overcome global health issues such as this.
Specifically, her current research looks at gaining a better understanding of mothers of small children with respects to how they utilise computer supported technology through this early life phase. In the context of this project, she’s also working with mothers of pre-term babies and mothers who donate their expressed breast milk. Through this work she is trying to provide a complete picture on how technology can be both helpful and harmful to a mother in a developing world.
Notable publications include a paper on exploring co-design methodologies with breastfeeding mothers:
C Wardle, M Green, C Mburu, and M Densmore. 2018. Exploring Co-design with Breastfeeding Mothers. To appear in Proc of CHI2018. Montreal, Canada (with honourable mention)
This is based on her experience co-designing a mobile application with the Milk Matters donor mothers, available for download at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.milkmatters.honoursproject.milkmatters