Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research, Coventry University
Nikki is a researcher at the Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research at Coventry University. Nikki began her research career in Psychology (following completion a Psychology degree at the University of Leeds), before specialising in technology research by gaining an MSc in Assistive Technology at Coventry University.
Nikki previously worked for the Health Design & Technology Institute (HDTI), conducting usability studies of commercial assistive technologies for a range of clients. In her current role at CTEHR she continues to contribute to the development and evaluation of assistive technology through user-centred techniques such as co-creation and co-design. Nikki is currently conducting a PhD exploring the use of creative research methodologies, and how they might expedite the development of digital assisted-living technologies for older people, and those with long-term health conditions.
Nikki has over ten years’ research experience with service users, carers, and a wide range of health and social care staff, as well as experience of working on nationally funded projects such as Innovate UK, the NHS, and the Ministry of Defence.
Creative approaches to assisted living technology development - existing technologies and new methodologies
Assisted-living technology research and development seeks to create technologies to help those with long-term health conditions live independently for longer. The increasing availability and affordability of technologies such as 3D printing and smart-home technology allows the opportunity to consider using existing products in novel ways, decreasing the time taken to observed impact whilst removing the need for researchers and designers to ‘reinvent the wheel’. People with long-term health conditions (including older people) can be part of this drive for novel solutions utilising existing technology, however to ensure their full participation in research and design, we must be careful about the methods we employ. Creative methodologies (contrasted with traditional methods such as questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups) provide the opportunity to engage with people in a more inclusive manner, whilst encouraging the development of innovative solutions which are less likely to be abandoned by those they are intended to help.