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About Me
I’m a cross-disciplinary researcher interested in collaborations that engage with socially complex contexts such as ageing and safety, with a sensemaking skillset that provides a dynamic experiential and constructive dimension to my pratices.

☞ Curriculum Vitae ︎

Orginally from Canberra, I moved to Melbourne on advice to train as an industrial designer, and have since worked across various industries, from artisan lighting to public placemaking, plastic fabrication, and creative technologies. Through my studies, I developed a passion for shaping design with research, as per my work developing multisensory initiatives in a regional dementia ward during my honours year.

Furthering my studies, I’m completing a PhD at the RMIT School of Design, exploring socially engaging technology in later life and its creation with ageing communities. In building a platform around my research practice, I’ve also taken on research roles in interdisciplinary projects such as “Co-designing participatory strategies with older adults” with the Shaping Connections program, and “Enabling an ageing workforce” as part of the Safeness by Design project.

With my PhD finalising and under examination, I’m set to undertake a research fellowship with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Design Informatics, co-ordinating the ACRC’s Co-Designing Value for Care project. Moving abroad, this work builds on my doctoral studies by developing our understanding the value of informal care in later life, and how it could be supported by emerging technologies.

Alongside my studies and work, I must confess to a lot of local gravel cycling in my spare time and becoming something of a bouldering enthusiast.

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