Jacob Sheahan, PhD

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Post-doc: Enhancing Networks of Care
The University of Edinburgh
2023 - Present

This work focuses on supporting healthier and more resilient networks of care in later life by enhancing the practices, knowledge, and tools available to them. As collaborative design projects, we explore the role of community-led, service-enabled, and technology-driven networks of care.

Project: Enabling Care Networks Already Mobilised in Communities ︎

☞ Project: Support Caregivers within Care Networks ︎

Project: Improve Technology-supported Care Networks ︎

Project (2023): Care Futures: Generative AI Stories of Ageing ︎

Enabling Care Networks Already Mobilised in Communities
Advanced Care Research Centre

Drawing on the findings of the CareTree cultural probe, which captured instances and notions of care in the lives of older adults, we are currently running group workshops to unpack the findings and consider ways of supporting more resilient local care infrastructure.

Report (2023): CareTree Cultural Probe Study ︎

Presentation (2024): Eliciting Networks & Ecologies of Care in Later Life ︎

☞ Workshops (2024): Futuring Ageing & Care in Scotland

Support Caregivers within Care Networks
Advanced Care Research Centre

Responding to the strain on existing pathways to support informal carers, we are collaborating with carers to identify their priorities around support and potential alternative pathways to pilot.

☞ Briefing (2023): Lessons from Engaging Informal Carers ︎

Grant: Wellcome Trust iTPA Springboard Grant

Improving Technology-supported Care Networks
Design Informatics

As care technologies enable our practices of care, particularly passive forms that are convenient and seamless, we wonder how could the tacit frictions of care provide opportunities to negotiate consent, build trust & enhance care networks, re-imagining the role of technology.

Debate (2024): Navigating Mediated Kinship & Care Ageing-in-Place ︎

Presentation (2024): Tech Caregiving & Networks of Care ︎

Workshop (Under Review): Designing with Friction - Troubling the Development of Seamless Digital Technologies

Care Futures: Generating Stories of Ageing, Care & Technology 
DCODE Training Network ︎

As older adults face a future that is more complicated and unpredictable than ever, I supported several PhD candidates in crafting stories that explore our ageing futures as provocations around how technology provides care.

Zine (2023): Eight short stories of Ageing, Care and Tech ︎

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

©2024 Jacob Sheahan