Valeria Righi

PhD Student

Bio:Valeria Righi_150x150 Valeria Righi is a Phd student at the interaction research line of the Interactive Technologies Group (GTI), at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain. She earned her interdisciplinary Master degree in Cognitive System and Interactive Media, in 2010, from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She received the Bachelor’s degree in Media Science and Communication from Mathematics Department at Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.

Valeria’s research study aims to explore the challenges and opportunities to design urban services that promote inclusion of older people in their communities. Over the last 3 years Valeria has been adopting ethnographical methods to explore real and online communities of older people in urban environments. Her study on older people’s use of Social Network Sites over a 1-year period won the Best Paper Award at the Community Informatics Research Network Conference in 2012. Valeria has taken part in international and EU-partially funded projects (WorthPlay, Life 2.0) related to digital inclusion and older people. 


(present) Older People, Online and Offline Communities, Community Networks, Urban Informatics

(past) Collaborative Remote Interaction, Remote Awareness, Multitouch Interaction

Research Lines:


  • Life 2.0 (older people, communities, service design, mutual help)
  • WorthPlay (older people, ethnography, game design)
  • C3i2 (remote multitouch interaction, videoconference, museums, game design)