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Closing date 01/06/2022 at 5pm

Fixed-term for 12 months, Full time (35 hours per week)

1 post available

The Opportunity:

The Institute for Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh, wishes to appoint a Research Associate to support the “Peoplehood ” project. The Peoplehood project is funded by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and is focused on co-designing new demonstrator neighbourhoods and place-based, data-enabled services to support independent and healthy living in later life. The project is led by Blackwood Homes, a leading specialist housing and care provider, and involves a team of 11 industrial and academic partners working at the intersection of care, ageing and data. The University of Edinburgh team are leading on a range of co-design activities across the project, involving people who live in Blackwood’s homes in creating the vision and provision within these new neighbourhoods.

This specific post will focus on a strand of work within the project exploring the informal networks of care that exist within communities. Through co-design and futuring techniques, we seek to re-imagine informal forms of care provided within and across family, community and peer networks, and the types of “value” different people and stakeholders in these networks gain from relational aspects of care. The researcher in this post will lead on co-design and futurng workshops with people living in Blackwood homes, and work with a design technician to prototype and evaluate concepts for new data-driven services that build networks of reciprocity between groups of people. The post-holder will also be responsible for guaranteeing the security of any data that is generated through the project for the duration of the contract.

The post holder will work closely with the Design Informatics project Co-investigators (John Vines and Chris Speed), a Design Technician who will be responsible for prototyping, and the team at Blackwood who will help facilitate engagement with community members.

The post holder should have experience in conducting co-design and participatory design activities, qualitative research including conducting interviews and documenting the co-design research process, and be comfortable with working with a large network of collaborative partners. Experience of using futuring techniques (e.g. design fictions, speculative design) to stimulate discussion amongst publics will be a strength.

Applicants should have a PhD in design, human-computer interaction, interaction design, or a related area of research. They should be able to demonstrate experience in the collection and analysis of qualitative data and in a range of ethnographic and co-design methods. The post holder will have excellent oral and written communication skills, and demonstrable experience of successful project delivery and working as part of a team.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336. Is e buidheann carthannais a th’ ann an Oilthigh Dhùn Èideann, clàraichte an Alba, àireamh clàraidh SC005336.

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