Currently undertaking a PhD in Design Innovation at RMIT School of Design, Jacob explores healthy ageing and its shaping by designers through two key multidisciplinary projects. Alongside the doctorate, he has roles as a Research Assistant in the Shaping Connections research program, and Safeness by Design project. A sessional lecturer in Design Studies, he seeks to foster research-led and collaborative design practices in socially complex contexts.
In approaching design research as drifting between theory, artifacts, and research interests, he seeks to uncover the social-technical practices of older people through descriptive anthropological means. This exploration leads to the composition of practices and communities in his work, analysing the 'materiality' of these experiences and how people and technologies entangle through acts of interaction.