Alison is a postdoc researcher on the SPHERE project, which aims to develop home sensor systems to monitor the health and wellbeing of people living at home. Her role involves collaborating with other researchers across SPHERE, advising and assisting them to apply user-centred and participatory design methods, to help deliver technology that is appropriate and desirable to the stakeholders.
She has a PhD in Inclusive Design, from Loughborough University. Her research investigated the Out-of-Box Experience of new technology for people aged 50 and over, with a view to positively influencing their uptake of these products. Prior to this, she graduated with a Licentiate degree in Equipment and Interior Design from ARCA-EUAC, in Portugal.
For more information on SPHERE: http://www.irc-sphere.ac.uk/