Online Workshop, May 20, 2021 (9:30 am – 12:00 am CET)

Young people’s nightlife: perspectives from social computing, human geography and alcohol research.

The Youth@Night and Dusk2Dawn projects, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, enabled a transdisciplinary collaboration of researchers in alcohol social epidemiology, human geography, and social computing, focusing on the challenges and benefits of using smartphones to study aspects of young people’s nightlife and drinking behavior.

The project integrated multiple approaches, including qualitative interviews, quantitative questionnaires, sensor and media data, to gain in-depth insights into young people’s behavior as well as to develop a critical understanding of how smartphones, and broadly sensor-based data collection methods, might affect the research practice in each of these research domains.

The aim of this workshop is to share some of the outcomes of these collaboration, in terms of key findings and lessons learned. In view of the current COVID situation, the workshop will take place online, on May 20, 2021, 09:30-12:00 (Central European Time). The program includes short presentations from members of the research team and discussion sessions for interaction with the audience.

Attendance is open and free for everyone.

Date and Time : May 20, 2021 (9:30 am – 12:00 am CET).


9:30-9:35 Welcome and introduction
Prof. Daniel Gatica Perez
, Idiap

9:35-10:40: New approaches in multidisciplinary alcohol research

How to measure consumed amounts? From self-reports to transdermal alcohol concentration
Prof. Emmanuel Kuntsche, La Trobe University

Inferring drinking occasion characteristics with mobile sensing: do technological promises raise to the challenge of methodological needs?
Dr. Florian Labhart, Idiap

Smartphones as research instruments in the field: On emotional discomfort, power relations, and research ethics
Dr. Sara Landolt, University of Zurich


10:40-10:55: Break

10:55-11:55: Youth nightlife habits

Fun/intoxication pre-drinking motives lead indirectly to more alcohol-related consequences
Dan Luxford Anderson, La Trobe University

Youth nightlife at home: towards a feminist conceptualisation of home
Dr. Katharina Pelzelmayer, University of Zurich

Understanding Heavy Drinking at Night through Smartphone Sensing and Active Human Engagement
Dr. Thanh-Trung Phan, Idiap


11:55-12:00: Conclusion
Prof. Daniel Gatica Perez
, Idiap