Dr Emily Corrigan-Kavanagh (formerly Corrigan-Doyle)
Academic and research departmentsDigital World Research Centre, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP).
I am a design researcher, practitioner and academic, with special interests in happiness, wellbeing, service design, home, visual communication, design for augmented paper, art therapy techniques, creative research methods, and exploring/making sense of subjective experiences. In 2010, I graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology, School of Creative Arts, Dublin with a bachelor's degree in Visual Communication (with distinction). In 2012, I obtained a master's degree in Design: Critical Practice (with distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London. I recently finished a theoretical PhD in design at Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, which presents new creative methods for designing for home happiness and sustainability. I initially began my career as a graphic designer before moving into secondary school teaching and then to teaching in higher education. I previously lectured part time at Loughborough University while completing my PhD there. I have published in journals, books, and have presented papers at conferences nationally in the UK and internationally. I have also won multiple awards for my academic activities, been invited as a guest lecturer to multiple universities abroad, and recently have been promoted to Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- To lead the design, augmentation and user evaluation of a series of interactive travelguides and photobooks utilising new 2G and 3G paper technology
Affiliations and memberships
In the media
Designing for Happiness; Designing for Sustainability; Service Design, Designing for Social innovation; Visual Communication; Interaction Design; Design for Cross-Media Platforms and Augmented Paper, Creative Research Methods; Exploring/making sense of subjective experiences
This research is part of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) prestigious Fellowship Award given to the University of Surrey’s Professor Mark Plumbley. Acting as the Research Fellow in Design Research on this project, I am investigating the deployment of sound sensors for assisted living in the home, smart buildings, and for smart cities to facilitate more independent living for individuals with dementia, and healthier working and city environments by alleviating noise pollution for example. This involves the design and undertaking of participatory research engagement activities with stakeholders, such as visits to families in their homes, focus groups, expert panels, listening tests, and soundwalks, with the aim of making design recommendations from the findings of user studies.
Corrigan-Kavanagh, E., Scarles, C., Frohlich, D. et al. (2020) 'Exploring the Future of the Book from the Next Generation Paper Project', Publishing History (in press).
Corrigan-Kavanagh, E., Scarles, and M. Beynon (2020) 'Augmenting Photobooks for Enhancing Travel Performances', in Proceedings of CAUTHE2020, Auckland, New Zealand, 10–13 February. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, pp. 60–64.
Corrigan-Kavanagh, E., Scarles, C. and Revill, G. (2020). 'Augmenting Travel Guides for Enriching Travel Experiences', in Proceedings of ENTER2020 International eTourism Conference,The 27th Annual Conference Organized by IFITT, Guildford, UK, 8–10 January. Guildford: E-review of Tourism, pp. 334–348.
contemporary life by helping us to remember the past, communicate with each other and
represent our identity to others. In this chapter we explore the value of such media for
supporting wellbeing in older age, drawing on concepts from literatures on art,
reminiscence and music therapy. Theoretically we argue for a new category of assistive
technologies involving media creation and consumption to enhance wellbeing. We propose
a framework for understanding and designing such assistive media systems which highlights
the interaction between media item, author and audience. This framework is then
illustrated through early attempts to explore a new kind of digital story therapy for people
with dementia in a residential care setting. We conclude with recommendations for the
design of future ?assistive media? systems and experiences that might enhance not only the
lives of people with dementia, but also those around them.
Corrigan-Kavanagh, E. and Escobar-Tello, M. C. (2019) ‘Art therapy techniques as a novel creative method for exploring design for home happiness’, J. of Design Research, 16(3/4), pp.175–195.
Corrigan-Kavanagh, E. and Escobar-Tello, M. C. (2019) ‘Creative Methods for Sustainable Design for Happiness and Wellbeing’ in Cain, R. and Petermans A. (eds.) Design for Wellbeing. London: Routledge, pp. 124-137.
Frohlich, M. D, Corrigan-Kavanagh, E., Bober, M. et al. (2019) 'The Cornwall a-book: An Augmented Travel Guide Using Next Generation Paper', The Journal of Electronic Publishing, 22(1), pp. 189–205.
Corrigan-Kavanagh, E. (2019) 'Next Generation Paper', The Writing Platform, March 7. Available at: http://thewritingplatform.com/2019/03/next-generation-paper/ (Accessed: 18th March 2019).
Corrigan-Kavanagh, E. (2018) Exploring Art Therapy Techniques within Service Design as a Means to Greater Home Life Happiness. PhD thesis. Loughborough University.
Corrigan-Doyle, E., Escobar-Tello, M. C. and Lo, K. P. Y. (2016) ‘Alternative pathways to understanding and designing for happiness in the home’, Iterations, 4, pp.16–23.
Corrigan-Doyle, E., Escobar-Tello, M. C. and Lo, K. P. Y. (2016) ‘Exploring Design for Happiness in the Home and Future Implications for Domestic Living’, in Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Brighton, UK, 27–30 June.
Corrigan-Doyle, E., Escobar-Tello, M. C. and Lo, K. P. Y. (2016) ‘Using Art therapy techniques to Explore Home Life Happiness’, in Happiness: 2nd Global Meeting, Perspectives on Happiness. Concepts, Conditions and Consequences. Budapest, Hungry, 14–16 March. Leiden: Brill Rodopi, pp.50–63.
Corrigan-Doyle, E., Escobar-Tello, M. C. and Lo, K. P. Y. (2015) ‘Taking a Softer Approach: Using Photo Elicitation to Explore the Home as a System for Sustainability and Happiness’, in Sustainable Innovation 2015: ‘State of the Art’ Sustainable Innovation & Design: Towards Sustainable Product Design: 20th International Conference. University for the Creative Arts, Surrey, 9–10 November. Surrey: The Centre for Sustainable Design, pp. 101–113.
Corrigan-Doyle, E., Escobar-Tello, M. C. and Lo, K. P. Y. (2015) Creating a Service Design for Happy Sustainable Homes Using Art [Poster]. Exhibited at ‘Better by Design’ Design PhD Conference, Lancaster, Lancaster University. 2 July to 3 July 2015.
Corrigan-Doyle, E., Escobar-Tello, M. C. and Lo, K. P. Y. (2015) How Can Service Design and Art Therapy Create Happy Sustainable Homes? [Poster]. Exhibited at DesRes15 PhD Conference, Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University. 1 April 2015.