The Future Grid Homes project was funded by Energy Consumers Australia and involved qualitative research with energy sector professionals and Australian households who have experience of demand management and/or new energy technologies (e.g. solar PV, battery storage and electric vehicles). The aim of the project was to identify best practice engagement strategies, concepts and relationship models that will help the energy sector to deliver a reliable, affordable and sustainable future electricity system.
As a response to the upcoming ban of all “e-waste” from landfill from 1 July 2019 by the Victorian Government, the Emerging Technologies Research Lab proposes a research project to collaborate with charities in developing their systems of processing “e-donations” in preparation for their transition towards the implementation of the ban.
In partnership with: Halmstad University, Volvo Cars, City of Gothenburg, City of Helsingborg (Sweden). This project is part of the Drive Sweden Strategic Innovation Program funded by VINNOVA (the Swedish Innovation Agency), the Swedish Research Council Formas and the Swedish Energy Group. The project seeks to establish new ways of developing modern vehicles and smart cities for a sustainable social environment.
The Design for Wellbeing Network is a international and interdisciplinary group of researchers who work across architecture, design, health technologies and social science. Focusing specifically on hospitals and other formal healthcare settings, the network aims to improve the understanding of how people experience these services and environments, and to work towards improvements in these experiences through rigorous qualitative and practice-based research.
This international and interdisciplinary project investigated the experience of the commemoration of the end of the First World War centenary in 12 countries. It used a range of transdisciplinary techniques to investigate how people make sense of and perceive national commemorative events and what meanings are ascribed to them.
In a partnership with McLean Care and Deakin University, the ETLab are leading the ethnographic component of the Intelligent Home Solutions for Independent Living project. The project will trial ‘smart’ home technologies with elderly participants who are living at home, to greater understand how these technologies are used; how they could be better designed; and how they affect their everyday living experience.
Funded in 2019 by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, the Re-humanising Automated Decision Making network brings together academic colleagues from around the globe to discuss - how do we re-humanise automated decision making (ADM) to the benefit of society and everyday lives?
The primary goal of AUTOWORK is to generate new knowledge and solutions to societal challenges arising from the automation, digitalization and robotization of work-life, in relation to inclusion and meaningfulness. The Australian and Norweigan research teams will map trajectories towards a meaningful future work-life, for workers using innovative ethnographic and future scenario methods that focus on workers’ practices and experiences.
A crucial way child protection work is achieved is by social workers getting close to children, especially on home visits, and immersing themselves in the lives of parents and families. In a period of institutionalised social distancing, how is the pandemic impacting upon the ways practitioners are helping families and keeping children safe?