An invitation from QUT to participate in research on Co-designing a Happy, Healthy, Flourishing Home

Jenna Mikus is a PhD student in QUT’s Design Lab, Creative Industries Faculty.  Her research focuses on understanding how a happy, healthy home environment can be designed spatially and with technology to enable people to be their best selves and inform the definition of a new built environment concept, called ‘eudaemonic design’.

‘Eudaemonic design’ is design that supports flourishing health and wellness (also known as Eudaemonic Well-Being—a concept that originated with Aristotle).  The researcher has adopted the term from philosophy and psychology and is now adapting it for use in the built environment.

The researcher invites individuals between the ages of 65 and 80 who meet the following characteristics to participate in her research:

  • live alone in greater Brisbane and are interested in ageing-in-place;
  • are “tech familiar” (i.e., able to send an email, make a phone call, or conduct a Google internet search from a cell phone); and
  • are willing and able to participate in this research phase over the next 4 months (and potentially follow-on phases for the next year).

The primary objective of this 3-phased research is to design a framework for ‘eudaemonic design’.  Phase 1 begins by understanding participants’ current and desired relationships with their homes and general technology.  This phase of the project will include 2 interviews and a set of design activities.

If you are interested in learning more about participating or if you have questions, please contact the researcher via e-mail at [email protected].

Please note that this study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 2000000814).

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