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Putting Anthropology to Work: People, Empathy and Design. SILS Seminar

What are the anthropological methods for understanding human behaviour and lived-experience? Can we really see the world through the eyes of someone else? And finally, is empathy really that important to design?

Event details

When

May 28, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Where

Room 107, School of Information & Library Studies, Library Building, UCD Belfield.

Contact Name

Ben Cowan

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Patrick Slevin will talk about the commonly accepted idea that in order to practice “good design” we have to understand human experience first. Absolutely!

In this talk, Patrick will unpack the role of anthropology in designing, understanding, and evaluating healthcare technologies. The talk is structured around three central queries: what are the anthropological methods for understanding human behaviour and lived-experience? Can we really see the world through the eyes of someone else? And finally, is empathy really that important to design?

All Welcome. Please forward to those at UCD and beyond whom you feel the talk would be of interest.


Patrick received a BA in Anthropology and Geography (2011) and a Master’s degree in Anthropology (2013) both from Maynooth University. For his MA thesis, Patrick spent two years studying the world of amputees, where he investigated the lived-experience of prosthetic limb use. He now works as the lead anthropologist at the Applied Research for Connected Health (ARCH), University College Dublin. ARCH is a technology research centre that explores the potential role for connected health solutions in the healthcare eco-system. His primary remit within ARCH is to conduct applied ethnographic based fieldwork that will provide insights to inform the design, implementation, and evaluation of bespoke technologies.