Dr PJ White

BDes(Hons) PhD

Research Director & Lecturer

Room 526, Burrin Building, Carlow Campus

e: pj.white@itcarlow.ie      t: 059 9175356

ORCID ID:0000-0002-5716-8643   LinkedIn   ResearchGate

 
  • Research Interests
  • Publications
  • Research Supervision
  • Engagement and Collaboration

Research Interests

Dr. P.J. White is a research director, supervisor, and lecturer at designCORE research centre. He is also a visiting scholar at McMaster Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University, Canada. He holds a PhD in Product Design, specifically in the areas of Design Ethnography and Product Design for older adults. Academic interests include Social Design, Design and Gerontology, Designing interdisciplinary research, Design Anthropology, and Human Centric Design as a means of understanding human behaviours and cultures. As a Product Designer, he has extensive experience innovating for small to multi-national businesses. As a Design academic, he has worked at Maynooth University, within the Department of Design Innovation and has lectured and conducted research at universities internationally. P.J. is Co-chair of ‘Faultlines’ the 1st Irish Design Research Conference, hosted at Carlow, and lead editor of Iterations Design research review. He has consulted for Irish Government policy initiatives in the area of Design and is an External examiner up to Doctoral level. Currently he is a member of the Irish Gerontological Society and Institute of Designers in Ireland. 

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

White, P.J., Deevy, C. Designing an Interdisciplinary Research Culture in Higher Education: A Case Study. Interchange (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10780-020-09406-0

White PJ, Marston HR, Shore L and Turner R. Learning from COVID-19: Design, Age-friendly Technology, Hacking and Mental Models [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. Emerald Open Res 2020, 2:21 (https://doi.org/10.35241/emeraldopenres.13599.1)

Vrkljan, B., Whalen, A., Kajaks, T., Nadarajah, S., White, P. J., Harrington, L., & Raina, P. (2019). Creating an intergenerational university hub: Engaging older and younger users in the shaping of space and place. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 40(2), 244-260. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2019.1572010

Shore, L., Kiernan, L., DeEyto, A., Nic A Bhaird, D., Connolly, A., White, P., Fahey, T., & Moane, S. (2018). Older adult insights for age friendly environments, products and service Systems.. Design And Technology Education: An International Journal, 23(2), 40-58.

White, P. J., & Devitt, F. (2011). The Design and Development of Novel Cooking and Heating Products for Irish Older Adults- a Real Health Need. Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 5(3), 13. https://doi.org/10.18848/1833-1874/CGP/v05i03/38081

Books and Book Chapters

WHITE, P.J. 2013. Designer as Ethnographer: A Study of Domestic Cooking and Heating Product Design for Irish Older Adults. LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany.

WHITE, P.J. 2018 Designing a Domestic Heating Product for Older People Within the Concept of 'Contained Living Spaces.  Elena Urdaneta, and Brian Worsfold. Eds. Ideas, Products, Services... 'Social Innovation' for Elderly Persons. Lleida: Edicions i Publicacions de la Universitat de Lleida, 2018. 159-169. [ISBN 978-84-9144-106-9]  

Conference Proceedings and Papers

White, P. J., Harrington, L., Patocs, A., & Raina, P. (2019). Using Design to Create Interdisciplinary Research in Ageing. Presented at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress  2019  ( IAGGER   2019 ), Gothenburg, Sweden.

Kajaks, T., Harvey, K., Patocs, A., Dunford, E., Garnett, A., Hatzifilalithis, S., Kalu, M., Sangrar, R., Weldrick, R., White, P.J. Costa, A. Understanding the interdisciplinary experiences of trainees in the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, MacPherson Institute Research on Teaching and Learning Conference, Hamilton, ON, Canada, Dec 5-6th, 2019.

PATOCS, A. HARRINGTON, L. WHITE, P.J. DEEVY, C. ABELSON, J, RAINA, P. FLEISIG, R. 2018 Designing a user-centred approach to interdisciplinary research on aging: A case study" 47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the CAG. Vancouver, British Columbia, October 20, 2018

Gaynor, L., Dempsey, H., & White, P. J. (2018). How Design Thinking Offers Strategic Value to Micro-Enterprises. Paper presented at the Design Research Conference- Design as a Catalyst for Change, Limerick Ireland. https://bit.ly/2UU6cgx doi:10.21606/drs.2018.434

A MCGUIRE, DO BROIN, PJ WHITE, C DEEVY, 2018 The Effect of Game Elements in a Career Awareness System, European Conference on Games Based Learning, 836-XXII

WHITE, P.J., DEEVY, C. HARRINGTON, L. PATOCS, A. 2018. Designing Interdisciplinary Research for Ageing. Engaging in Ageing 2018: New Frontiers of Ageing: Research Policy and Practice. Croke Park, March 2018.

REID, S. MAHER, C, WHITE, P.J. DEEVY, C. 2018 Assisting teachers to implement a design approach to problem solving; using online, ED TECH 2018: TEL Quality Matters - People, Policies and Practices At: Institute of Technology Carlow, Ireland

A MCGUIRE, DO BROIN, PJ WHITE, C DEEVY, K POWER. 2017. Increasing Student Motivation and Awareness of Career Opportunities Through Gamification European Conference on Games Based Learning, 898-906

WHITE, P.J. 2016. Irish Designers as Future Change Agents, Mise Éire Conference Shaping a Nation through Design, Collins Barracks Dublin Nov 2016.

WHITE, P.J. 2016. Designing a Domestic Heating Product for Older people
Within the Concept of ‘Contained Living Spaces’
Social Innovation for Change Conference Barcelona University Oct 2016.

WHITE, P.J. 2016. Evolving Design from Kilkenny Design Workshops to the Future, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny, May 2016.

A MCGUIRE, DO BROIN, PJ WHITE, C DEEVY, K POWER. 2016. Increasing Student Motivation and Awareness Towards Career Opportunities Through Gamification European Conference on Games Based Learning, 896

WHITE, P.J. 2016. Design-Domesticity-Death, Design, Disease and Design Symposium, Limerick School of Art and Design, April 2016.

DEMPSEY, H. WHITE, P.J.2015. Universal Empathy, Proceedings from Universal Design in Education Conference, Centre of Excellence in Universal Design, Dublin Castle, Dublin.

SHORE, L. WHITE, P.J. DEMPSEY, H. 2015. 'Lifelogging in design research for older adults.' 'Faultlines' Design Research Conference, Carlow Ireland

SHORE, L. WHITE, P.J. DEMPSEY, H. 2015. 'Shared Usability' a support mechanism to product and service system design for older adults. HFES Annual conference, Groningen, The Netherlands

WHITE, P.J. 2015 Design Requirements in Domestic Cooking and Heating Products for Older People The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2015, Dublin, Ireland

WHITE, P.J. 2014. Developing the Concept of Shared Usability, Cultural Gerontology Conference NUI Galway, and European Network in Aging studies.

WHITE, P.J. 2013. Ethnography in Designing for Older People. European Conference on Design4 Health. Sheffield Hallam University.

WHITE, P.J. DEVITT, F.2011. Designing Domestic Cooking and Heating Products for the Positive Health and Wellbeing of Irish Older Adults. European Conference on Design 4 Health. Sheffield Hallam University.

WHITE, P.J. 2011. The Design and Development of Novel Cooking and Heating Products for Irish Older Adults- a Real Health Need. Design Principles and Practices Conference Rome, Italy (Resulted in peer reviewed journal publication)

WHITE, P.J. Empathy over Ego: Designing cooking and heating appliances for older adults.  Ethnography, Creativity and Design, 2009 Maynooth, Co Kildare. Intel and the National University of Ireland Maynooth

Conference Artefacts

WHITE, P.J. 2013. Concept Development Board of a Domestic Heating Product for Older Adults. EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Conference) London

Conference Posters

White, P. J., Harrington, L., Patocs, A., & Raina, P. (2019). Using Design to Create Interdisciplinary Research in Ageing. Paper presented at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress  2019  ( IAGGER   2019 ), Gothenburg, Sweden.

WHITE, P.J. 2015. Design Requirements in Domestic Cooking and Heating Products for Older People, IAGG-ER Congress, Dublin, 23-26 April 2015.

GRINCELL, A. DEMPSEY, H. WHITE, P.J. 2015. An Investigation into ATM’s. A user centered study (of older adults) for the development of increased security & usability based on user behaviour. HFES Annual conference, Groningen, The Netherlands

SHORE, L. WHITE, P.J., DEMPSEY, H. 2014. Research development to define 'Shared Usability' in product design for older adults. HFES Annual conference, Lisbon, Portugal

WHITE, P.J. DEVITT, F. Investigating Cooking and Heating Product Needs for Irish Older Adults.  The 9th International European Academy of Design Conference, 2011 Porto, Portugal. EAD, 114.

Research Supervision

Current Research Students                  
  • Fintan Kennedy           MA      2018-               IT Carlow
  • Sandra Reid                 MA      2017-               IT Carlow
Past Research Students
  • Linda Shore                 MA                              IT Carlow
  • Alan Grincell               MA                              IT Carlow
  • Lee Gaynor                  MA                              IT Carlow
  • Adam Maguire            MA                              IT Carlow

Engagement and Collaboration

Dr White has consulted for Irish Government policy initiatives in the area of Design and is an External examiner up to Doctoral level, currently he is an External Examiner for the MA in Interdisciplinary Design Practice Limerick School of Art and Design. Ongoing research with McMaster University involves exploring the use of Design methods within Interdisciplinary research for ageing and gerontology.

Other roles, engagements and collaborations include:

  • Local organising committee member for the 68th Irish Gerontological Society Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Expert and Committee Member at National Standards Association of Ireland for Ageing Society Working Group
  • Visiting Professor in Product Design, Windesheim, University of Applied Sciences Netherlands
  • Scientific and Programme Committee member for UDHEIT Congress 2018.