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Co-Designing Value in Informal Care
Jan 2023 - Present

Design Informatics, The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK

As part of the ACRC work package on Understanding The Person In Context,  I look to understanding the value of informal care in later life, and how it could be supported through emerging technologies. This project involves qualitative research, co-design techniques and design-led prototyping to work with participants, their families, carers, and healthcare workers over the coming two years.

As a research fellow within the Edinburgh Institute for Design Infomatics, I seek to understand how emerging technologies underpinned by data may support healthier, informal networks.

PhD: Designing for Social Engagement in Later Life

School of Design, RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia

My PhD research investigates the design of social engagement technologies with older Australians, demonstrating how modes of interpretative flexibility can support interaction designers in co-creating with ageing communities. This research speaks to two collaborative interdisciplinary projects that interrogate the digital divide and uneven social participation for older adults. With this phenomenon magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic, this thesis addresses a lack of understanding around social engagement technologies for later life.

☞  Thesis (Forthcoming): Designing for Social Engagement in Later Life

Long-COVID Patient journey
Aug - Dec 2022
Eat Health Move Program, RMIT University

Mapping the experiences of people with long-COVID, an interdisciplinary team conducteda 3-month study of patients experiences of long-COVID. Analysing daily issues and coping over this period, we visually map the health literacy, self-efficacy, enjoyment of life and eating, and physical activity habits with those suffering with long-COVID.

☞ Program: Eat Health Move multi-College collaborative research ︎

☞  Grant (2022): RMIT Strategic Capability Development Fund

Safeness by Design Research Program
Sep 2021 - Dec 2022

Industrial Design, RMIT

An initiative of the Safeness by Design program, In collaboration with WorkSafe Victoria, we employ research and design innovation to provoke conversations to direct the creation of safer urban environments.

☞ Studio Report (2022): Future of Work Report ︎

☞ Article (2022): Towards Re-Imagining Industrial Design Education for the Contemporary Period ︎

☞ Studio Report (2021): Enabling an Ageing Workforce Report ︎

Co-designing Participatory ICT Strategies With Older Adults
Aug 2020 - Aug 2022

Shaping Connections Research Program, RMIT
Melbourne, Australia

Perceived risks remain are one of the main reasons many older adults do not engage with ICT and the digital economy. In better equipping older Australians to engage with the digital economy,  we explore the perceived ICT risks that affect older Australians and co-designed strategies with them – connecting practices with perceptions.

Article (2022): Co-Creating ICT Risk Strategies with Older Australians ︎

☞ Final Report (2022):  Co-designing Participatory Strategies With Older Adults ︎

☞ Interim Report (2021): Reducing Perceived Risk & Promoting Digital Inclusion ︎

Grant (2020-2022): Australian Communications Consumer Action Network Grants Projects ︎

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

©2023 Jacob Sheahan