Digital Institute


The Built Environment for Social inclusion through the Digital Economy (BESiDE)

BESiDE is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Newcastle University and The University of Dundee.

Our goal is to help the transformation of the network of stakeholders involved in care environments into a virtuous cycle of research and design improvement, in which all are motivated to pursue improvement in the built environment for older adults.

Led by Professor Vicki Hanson, we include researchers from Computer Science, Design and Healthcare at the University of Dundee and from Computer Science from the Digital Institute.

Understanding how to create environments that support older adults in maintaining their quality of life long after transitioning to a care home environment remains a key challenge facing architects and designers. We're carrying out research in care homes to tackle this challenge.

We are:

  • giving a voice to the users of these environments
  • measuring physical activity in relation to health
  • tracing and modelling movement within the homes to generate new research knowledge
  • transfer that knowledge into professional practices
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