UCLIC Research Seminar Series

Sarah Kettley – The Person-Centred Approach: a non-deterministic framework for ethical participatory design research
Sarah Kettley, Nottingham Trent University

Title

Sarah Kettley – The Person-Centred Approach: a non-deterministic framework for ethical participatory design research

Abstract

In this this talk, I'll introduce a multidisciplinary project being undertaken at Nottingham Trent University in partnership with Nottinghamshire Mind Network. Funded by the EPSRC, An Internet of Soft Things is a 'research-in the-wild' project which aims to develop new person-centred methodologies for doing participatory design research for the emerging Internet of Things.
The talk will:

  • discuss some of the challenges (and rewards) of doing design research with the mental health sector
  • outline what we mean by 'the Person-Centred Approach'
  • reflect on how we are collecting and making sense of data
  • and finally give the audience an insight into what our participants and stakeholders have said they want from a networked mental health service

Biography

Sarah Kettley is Reader in Relational Design within the Product Design subject area at Nottingham Trent University. She is interested in how networks of things can be designed for networks of people, and her research interests include craft theory, design for mental health and wellbeing, and design anthropology. She is a council member of the Design Research Society, and convenes the tentSIG special interest group in tangible, embedded and networked technologies. Her practice-led research resulted in the first user-centred application of the ubiquitous computing platform, Speckled Computing in 2005, and she currently leads the EPSRC project, An Internet of Soft Things.