ImaginAging

Imagining a City with our Senior Citizens

The aim of this pilot project is to explore how might speculative design enable citizens and governments in developing countries engage in policy agenda setting on aging well in the city.

This project is a collaboration between Lancaster University (UK), Sunway University (Malaysia) and the United Nations University (Malaysia).

Like other developed and developing countries globally, Malaysia faces the challenges of supporting an ageing population. The World Health Organization (2015) has been critical of the approaches adopted internationally thus far and has argued that “more of the same will not be enough” and “with the right policies and services in place, population ageing can be viewed as a rich new opportunity for both individuals and societies”.

The seed-corn funding will enable research project team members to work collaboratively with other key stakeholders from Malaysia and the region, pilot test the speculative design approach in this context, and develop a further proposal for a longer-term and geographically wider-reaching project. 

 

Project Team

TseklevesTsekleves Emmanuel Tsekleves Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Global Challenge Design, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Digital Design
Sabir Giga Sabir Giga Senior Lecturer in Organizational Health and Well-Being, Lancaster University
Min Hooi Yong  Min Hooi Yong Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Sunway University
Clarissa Lee Ai Ling Clarissa Lee Ai Ling Research Fellow at the JeffreySachs Centre on Sustainable Development, Sunway University
Jung Shan Hwang Jung Shan Hwang Associate Prof at the Sunway Institute for Healthcare Development, Sunway University
Sian Lun Lau Sian Lun Lau Associate Dean/ Head (Academic) Department of Computing and Information Systems, Sunway University
David Tan David Tan United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health

Updates

Medical Webcomic on the creation of a Malaysian national health database

OutcomeDigital or Visual Products
Medical Webcomic on the creation of a Malaysian national health database

Following the outcomes of the workshop run with senior citizens on April 2018, the ImaginAging team have taken forward one of the proposals arising from it and developed a medical webcomic that presents the creation of a national health database accessible not only to healthcare practitioners but...More information

Speculative Newspaper and Product Catalogue for Sugar-free Malaysia 2050

OutcomeDigital or Visual Products
Speculative Newspaper and Product Catalogue for Sugar-free Malaysia 2050

During the ImaginAging workshops food and nutrition was identified as a critical issue to be tackled by policy. Several ideas were discussed and developed. Reducing the amount of sugar consumption in all foods was highlighted as a key area of focus of future policy. This led one of the workshop...More information

ReTHINK: Policy Identification Workshop with Government and NGO Stakeholders at Sunway University

ReTHINK: Policy Identification Workshop with Government and NGO Stakeholders at Sunway University

paves the way for a new GCRF proposal

On 6th June 2018, the team of ImaginAging gave a warm welcome to the government officials coming from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KWPKM) and the operational staff from the non-government organisations (NGO) including Rumah Seri...Read full update

Developing speculative concepts with experts and policy makers

Developing speculative concepts with experts and policy makers

in our second workshop in Malaysia

A total of 15 experts (researchers, NGOs, policy makers) participated in the “Speculative design of healthy ageing” workshop, using novel creative research methods to create future scenarios for health ageing in Malaysia The workshop was facilitated...Read full update

Better Cities Through Participatory Design..

Better Cities Through Participatory Design..

..workshop in Malaysia

A total of 13 senior citizens between their 60s and 80s attended the “Better City with Senior Citizens” workshop where they learned to deploy methods of participatory design for speculating about possible and plausible futures for issues of interest to them. ...Read full update

Speculative Design Workshops identify themes for future research on health ageing

Speculative Design Workshops identify themes for future research on health ageing

and speculative design concepts in this area!

The two workshops run by the ImaginAging team in April (24th and 25th) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, have helped identify four themes for future research on healthy ageing. The first workshop was targeted at citizens over 55 years old and the second...Read full update