Digital research methods workshops

PAST EVENT: The App Walkthrough (June 2020)

“There is an app for that!” Smartphone apps are now part of our daily necessities, appearing across multiple domains, from health and intimacy to leisure and finance. In this online workshop, Prof. Jean Burgess and Dr. Elija Cassidy introduce the Walkthrough Method, a methodology for critical app analysis which is developed from cultural studies and science and technology studies. Workshop participants will learn: (1) to establish an app’s environment by assessing its vision, operating model, and modes of governance, and (2) to identify the app’s cultural meanings and implied ideal users by systematically going through the stages of registration, everyday use, and discontinuation.

Date & Venue

Session 1: 11 am to 1 pm (Hong Kong time), 17 June 2021 (Thursday), via Zoom

Session 2: 11 am to 1 pm  (Hong Kong time), 18 June 2021 (Friday), via Zoom

Workshop Facilitators

Prof. Jean Burgess, School of Communication, Queensland University of Technology

Dr. Elija Cassidy, School of Communication, Queensland University of Technology

Fee, Registration, & Quotas

The workshop is free. Research students, staff, and faculty members are all welcome. Each session accepts up to 15 participants. Priority will be given to CUHK graduate students who research the social implications of apps.

Register on or before 30 May by clicking here ( Provide a short description (50-100 words) explaining how the workshop will benefit your research.


All questions can be directed to Prof. Lik Sam Chan (

Supported by

Improvement on Competitiveness in Hiring New Faculties Fund, CUHK

The School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK