I am an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, in the Human-Computer Interaction research group, where I lead the "design for ageing" research theme and coordinate Fieldwork for Design, a core subject in the Master of Information Technology - Human-Computer Interaction stream.
In my research, I use qualitative and participatory methods to understand how older adults and aged care providers use technology to foster social and emotional connectedness in later life. By gaining an in-depth understanding of people's experiences with technology-in-use, my research aims to improve how we design and deploy technologies for social benefit in complex settings such as aged care, where an empathetic approach is critical to ensure new technologies add value without causing harm.
My recent work has focused on:
AAG Victoria Symposium: Technology to Support Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Later Life
I will be presenting at an upcoming symposium, co-organised by the Australian Association of Gerontology (Victoria branch) and the School of Computing and Information Systems.
The event will be held on Tuesday 5th October, 9:30 to 12:30. For further details and to register, go to: www.aag.asn.au/events/event/technology-to-support-social
No 'one size fits all': is technology enough to address loneliness?
I was interviewed by Aged Care Insite about my research on technology for addressing loneliness in later life. You can listen to the interview here.
Story in ABC Religion and Ethics
My colleagues and I, led by the fabulous Barbara Barbosa Neves, published a story in "ABC Religion and Ethics" about why technology can sometimes make loneliness worse in later life. We draw on examples from our past research projects that highlight the complexities around using technology to address people's experiences of loneliness to show that sometimes technology - or technology alone - is not enough.
You can read the article here:
Dr Jenny Waycott, Associate Professor, School of Computing & Information Systems, The University of Melbourne
Contact: jwaycott @ unimelb.edu.au