UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 22nd June:  John Vines, Newcastle University – Designing with, for and by Older Communities
John Vines, Newcastle Unversity


UCLIC Research Seminar 22nd June: John Vines, Newcastle University – Designing with, for and by Older Communities


Over the last several decades there has been a huge emphasis from funding councils, government agencies, industry and academia alike on designing technology to enhance later life. This can be seen most prominently in research focused on assistive technologies and interventions to support independent living in old age. While there is inherent value in such work, less time has been spent exploring the ways older citizens might be active contributors to local neighborhoods, co-producers of rather than users of community services and infrastructure, and have significant expertise and capital that could be better harnessed in technology design. In this talk I'll discuss our research from the last several years where we¹ve collaborated with older citizens to explore the design, prototyping and co-production of (digital) services in the domains of personal finance, social care and lifelong learning. I'll finish up by discussing some of our ongoing research on the digital social care theme of the digital civics research centre at Newcastle University, highlighting some of the new socio-technical platforms we¹re developing to build on the insights from this earlier work.


John Vines is a Lecturer in Open Lab, Newcastle University, where he conducts research into participatory and collaborative design methods, with a specific interest in the relationships between human lifecourse(s), later life, care and digital technology. Much of his research focuses on developing new ways of engaging people in thinking about the implications of future technologies (such as using film and theatre to provoke responses to fictional future situations), or on conducting research through design in partnership with organisations or community collaborators. He leads the digital social care theme for the EPSRC-funded Digital Economy Research Centre, and is currently a co-investigator on three ESRC-funded projects examining empathy, trust and technology in civic contexts.