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Pet Playing for Placemaking
2020 - 2021




In collaboration with Cherished Pets Community Veterinary Care, this project sought to reduce older adult social isolation through a pet-centric and place-based game. Building on the World Health Organisation (2020) recognition of the benefit of gameplay during COVID-19 restrictions for social inclusion, the resulting location-based game drew on the power of pets to connect people and incorporates physical and digital elements to make pet responsibility a playful, social and community activity.

☞ Article (To be Submitted):  Co-creating Location-based Games with Older Dog Owners
☞ Presentation (2021): Playful Placemaking with Pets around a Pandemic (AAG Conference) ︎
☞ Grant: Give Where You Live Foundation (2021)


I acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands I conduct my work. I respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.


©2022 Jacob Sheahan