Norina Gasteiger

Norina Gasteiger


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Norina obtained a MPH (Hons.), BHSc (Hons.) and BA at the University of Auckland (New Zealand). Her broad research interests are in the implementation and evaluation of innovative digital health technologies. She continues to collaborate with the Centre for Automation and Robotic Engineering Sciences group in New Zealand, working on developing and evaluating socially capable robots for public and healthcare settings. Norina has previously worked on various digital health projects, using mobile apps, patient portals and social media.

Prior to moving to Manchester for her PhD, Norina worked on a participatory design project to develop home-care and cognitive games robots for older adults. The research team was centered at Ewha Womens University (South Korea) and the University of Auckland, partnering with WEDO (software company), Robocare and retirement villages. Norina also joined the international COVID-19 Stress and Health Study team- a collaboration between the University of Nottingham, Kings College London and the University of Auckland. The study tracked psychological and behavioural changes during the pandemic using surveys and biomedical methods (hair samples), as well as explored barriers and facilitators to using a contact tracing app. 

Norina's PhD in Health Informatics was funded by the NIHR-ARC (GM). The project was a realist evaluation of extended reality (augmented and virtual reality) training to upskill care home workers in hand hygiene. Norina continues to seek opportunities for collaboration and since moving to the UK has worked on various systematic app reviews for genomics and cancer apps as well as literature reviews on digital health technologies. In 2023 she was appointed a research associate in digital health in the NIHR ARC GM and Fellow of Advance HE for her teaching.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Health Informatics New Zealand (HINZ)

Research interests

  • mHealth
  • Extended reality (AR & VR)
  • Robotics & AI
  • User experience: Human-computer interaction; human-robot interaction
  • Innovation
  • Implementation
  • Participatory design

Methodological knowledge

  • Evaluation of digital health tools 
  • Qualitative research 
  • Participatory and co-design
  • Review methods: scoping reviews; systematic commerical app reviews; systematic reviews; realist reviews

Activities and esteem

2024: Epilepsy Research (Elsevier)
Activity: Peer-reviewing › Journal

2024: Nursing Informatics (NI2024)
ActivityPeer-reviewing › Organising a conference

2024: ACM/IEEE International Conference for Human Robot Interaction (HRI'24)
ActivityPeer-reviewing › Organising a conference

2023: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (IEEE)
Activity: Peer-reviewing › Journal

2022: Nature Human Behaviour (Springer Nature)
ActivityPeer-reviewing › Journal

2022: 10th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI'22, 5-8 Dec; Christchurch)
ActivityPeer-reviewing › Organising a conference

2022: 32nd IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN'22, 29 Aug-2 Sep; Naples)
ActivityPeer-reviewing › Organising a conference

2021-2022: Health and Social Care in the Community (Wiley)
ActivityPeer-reviewing › Journal

2021-2022: BMJ Open (BMJ)
Peer-reviewing › Journal

2021: 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN'21, Aug 8-12)
ActivityPeer-reviewing › Organising a conference

2021: ACM/IEEE International Conference for Human Robot Interaction (HRI'21)
ActivityPeer-reviewing › Organising a conference

2020: ACM Transactions of Human-Robot Interaction (ACM)
ActivityPeer-reviewing  › Journal

2019: International Society for Research on Internet Interventions conference (ISRII)
ActivityOrganising committee › Organising a conference

My group

PhD supervisors

  • Professor Dawn Dowding
  • Dr Sabine van der Veer
  • Mr Paul Wilson
    Advisor: Dr Pauline Whelan


  • Digital Health and Social Care research group
  • Centre of Health Informatics Journal Club (Health e-Research Centre)
  • Digital Health Research and Reading Group
  • VR @ Manchester
  • Robotics Club


  • Deborah Paripoorani (2022 NIHR ARC-GM research intern) co-supervisors: Prof Dawn Dowding, Dr Helen Hawley-Hague

Other research

Conferences and invited talks


  • Gasteiger, N. (2023). Invited talk. Learning by doing: A realist mixed-methods study exploring the feasibility, usability, acceptability and efficacy of virtual reality and augmented reality hand hygiene training for care home workers. Experiences and Innovations in Long-Term Care Toronto-Manchester

  • Gasteiger, N. (2023). Invited talk. Conducting a systematic review of commercially available mobile health apps: the TECH approach and a step-by-step methodological guide. Systematic reviews interest group, University of Manchester.


  • Gasteiger, N., van der Veer, S.N., Wilson, P & Dowding, D. (2022, 14 October). Learning by doing: Extended reality for improving hand hygiene in care home staff. Sustainable Digital Health Innovation conference [Galway, Ireland; poster].
  • Gasteiger, N. (2022). Invited talk on systematic app review methods: Digital Health and Social Care Research Group, University of Manchester.
  • Gasteiger, N., Lim, JY., Hellou, M., MacDonald, B. & Ahn, HS. (2022, 29 Aug- 2 Sep). Moving away from robotic interactions: Evaluation of empathy, emotion and sentiment expressed and detected by computer systems. 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication: Napoli, Italy (pp. 1365-1370), doi: 10.1109/RO-MAN53752.2022.9900559.
  • Gasteiger, N. (2022). Invited talk on realist evaluation methods: Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, University of Manchester. 
  • Gasteiger, N., van der Veer, S.N., Wilson, P & Dowding, D. (2022, 14 March). Exploring How, for Whom and in Which Contexts Extended Reality Training ‘Works’ in Upskilling Healthcare Workers: A Realist Review. IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces [online; poster].


  • Gasteiger, N., Ahn, HS., Lee, C., Lim, JY., MacDonald, BA., Kim, GH. & Broadbent, E. (2021, 11 November). Developing assistive health robots for older adults: an international four year project and participatory design case study. 13th International Conference on Social Robotics (ICSR) [Social AI for Human-Robot Interaction of Human-Care Robots KROS workshop]: Singapore.
  • Gasteiger, N., Hellou, M. & Ahn, HS. (2021, 12-14 July). Optimizing human-robot interaction through personalization: An evidence-informed guide to designing social service robots. 18th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots (UR)Gangneung, South Korea (pp. 53-56).


  • Gasteiger, N. (2020). Invited talk on co-designing robots: Digital Research and Reading Group, University of Manchester.
  • Gasteiger, N., Anderson, A. & Day, K. (2019, June). Rethinking engagement: Exploring women’s technology use during the perinatal period through a Kaupapa Māori consistent approach. Poster presented at the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Gasteiger, N., Fleming, T. & Day, K. (2019, February). High tech, high touch: Patient portals and rapport in mental health services. Paper presented at the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions (ISRII) conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Gasteiger, N., Anderson, A. & Day, K. (2018, November). Telehealth: Rethinking health literacy and engagement with Māori mothers. Abstract presented at the HiNZ conference, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • Invited guest lecture on Conducting Research for third-year undergraduate Health Services course, University of Auckland, New Zealand. September 2018 and April 2019.
  • Invited guest lecture on Social Media for third-year undergraduate Health Informatics course, University of Auckland, New Zealand. May 2018 and 2019.


GTA: University of Manchester (2022-2023)- School of Health Sciences

  • MSc/PGDip/PGCert Health Informatics (UCL/UoM joint award) dissertation module

GTA: University of Manchester (2021)-School of Medical Sciences

  • Research Methods 

GTA: Auckland University of Technology (2020-2021)- School of Interprofessional Health Studies and Public Health

  • Knowledge, Enquiry & Communication (first year undergraduate)
  • Research Methods (third year undergraduate)

Tutor & GTA: University of Auckland (2018-2020)- School of Population Health

  • Health Informatics Knowledge Management; Principles (postgraduate)
  • Health Sytems; Health & Society (first year undergraduate)
  • Research Methods (second year undergraduate)
  • Health Informatics (third year undergraduate) 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, Doctor of Health Science, PhD in Health Informatics, The University of Manchester


Master of Public Health, with first class honours, University of Auckland


Bachelor of Health Science, with first class honours, University of Auckland


Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland


External positions

Teaching assistant, Auckland University of Technology

Researcher, University of Auckland

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Digital Futures


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