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About Me
A Research Fellow co-ordinating the Understanding Informal Care Networks project in collaboration with the Advanced Care Research Centre, I’m a design researcher with a background in industrial and interaction design. Work research involves investigating how data-driven technologies can support healthier, informal networks of care in later life. Focused on constructive participatory methods of design, I have previously worked on interdisciplinary and collaborative projects partnering with local communities and organisations. My interested in collaborations that engage with socially complex contexts from ageing to health and safety.

Curriculum Vitae ︎
Orginally from Canberra, I moved to Melbourne to train as an industrial designer, where I worked in artisan lighting, public placemaking, and plastic fabrication while I studied. During my honours year I developed a multisensory initiative in a regional dementia ward, forming a passion for design research in context. This led to further studies towards a PhD through RMIT’s Practice Research Symposium.

My postgraduate studies centred on exploring socially engaging technologies for older Australians, and resulted in two interdisciplinary case studies, collaborating with University of the 3rd Age and the Cherished Pets Foundation. During the doctorate, I also took on professional roles with several interdisciplinary teams, such as Shaping Connections (focusing on connectedness and technology use among older Australians) and Safenss by Design (an intiative using design to inform safeness across a broad range of environments and contexts).

Since graduating, I’ve undertaken a postdoc research fellowship with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Design Informatics, co-ordinating the Informal Networks of Care project at the Advanced Care Research Centre. Focusing on scottish communities, this research builds on my doctoral work by exploring the value of informal care in later life, and how it could be supported by emerging technologies.

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

I acknowledge the peoples on whose lands I conduct my work, and respectfully acknowledge  Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.

©2023 Jacob Sheahan