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Enhancing Children Feeding Practices through Immersive/Interactive Technologies in Peru


Project Description

Project Highlights:
• Apply co-design methods and prototyping techniques with community stakeholders (e.g., women, children, carers, healthcare professionals) to explore creative scenarios addressing the drivers of suboptimal infant and young children feeding practices.
• Examine the suitability of existing theoretical frameworks and guidelines for designing socio-technical health interventions and proposing a conceptual framework for design and evaluation for the Peruvian context
• Design and implementation of socio-technical immersive/interactive prototypes and evaluation of their potential impact in enhancing food intake, nutritional status, and health outcomes of infants and young children.

Maternal and infant health is one of the global public health concerns. The prevalence of chronic malnutrition (stunting, micronutrient deficiencies) and the increase of overweight and obesity represent a double burden of malnutrition that in particular impacts children and women in low and low-to- middle income countries. In Peru there is a high prevalence of iron deficiency anaemia, affecting 25% of Peruvian infants/young children. With an increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity, Peru faces a nutritional double burden. There is limited research on understanding how the socio-cultural factors and feeding practices (e.g., early energy intake, types of food and dietary behaviours) influence obesity and overweight in infants and young children in Peru in order to design digital health interventions to enhance health and wellbeing.

This PhD project aims to design and create innovative approaches, strategies and interventions (technological-based or not) that can support and help enhance complementary feeding practices in infants and children in Peru. The project will involve observational and/or user studies (e.g., interviews and focus groups) as well as community engagement through different co-design methods and workshops to design, implement and evaluate socio-technical prototypes that can address the identified needs in relation to complementary feeding practices in Peru.

The project aligns with a 3-year MRC-funded UK-Peru project and will benefit from collaborating with a multidisciplinary group of researchers from Cardiff University and Loughborough University in the UK, the French National Institute of Research for Sustainable Development (IRD) in France and the Nutrition Research Institute, the National University of San Marcos and the National University Hermilio Valdizan in Peru.

Keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Indicative Student Profile:
• Research interests in one or more of the following areas: digital health, computer-supported cooperative work, human-computer interaction, user experience design, science and technology studies.
• Prior Experience in the healthcare, patients self-care and/or public health context
• Prototyping experience with mHealth, wearables, physical computing, and/or DoItYourself (DIY) for Health and Wellbeing initiatives.
• Prior Experience planning, conducting and documenting field-based qualitative research studies.
• Prior Experience planning and facilitating design workshops and activities and synthesizing the insights through visual forms e.g., scenarios, etc.
• Open to work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers.

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ACADEMIC CRITERIA
A 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree or a master’s degree, in computing or a related subject (e.g., Human- Computer Interaction, Design, Media & Communication, Digital Humanities & Health Informatics, etc) For this project, you should have programming and prototyping skills (e.g., mHealth, wearables, physical computing, context-aware systems, DIY, etc.) and some experience planning, conducting and documenting field-based qualitative research studies and facilitating design workshops and activities and synthesizing the insights through visual forms e.g., scenarios, etc.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate proficiency by obtaining an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each skills component.

APPLY ONLINE

Applicants should apply to the Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science and Informatics with a start date of October 2020: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/computer-science-and-informatics

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select ’I will be applying for a scholarship/grant’ and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from ’Enhancing Children Feeding Practices through Immersive/Interactive Technologies in Peru’.

Funding Notes

PhD SCHOLARSHIP IN COMPUTER SCIENCE & INFORMATICS
Note: Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics is currently offering funding, application deadline: 29 February 2020, start date 1 October 2020.
Overseas applicants must self-fund the difference between Home/EU and Overseas fees.
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References

• Bentley, M. E., Johnson, S. L., Wasser, H., Creed-Kanashiro, H., Shroff, M., Fernandez Rao, S., & Cunningham, M. (2014). Formative research methods for designing culturally appropriate, integrated child nutrition and development interventions: an overview. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1308(1), 54-67.
• Daelmans, B., Ferguson, E., Lutter, C. K., Singh, N., Pachón, H., Creed-Kanashiro, H., ... & Pareja, R. (2013). Designing appropriate complementary feeding recommendations: tools for programmatic action. Maternal & child nutrition, 9, 116-130.
• D'Ignazio, C., Hope, A., Michelson, B., Churchill, R., & Zuckerman, E. (2016). A Feminist HCI Approach to Designing Postpartum Technologies: When I first saw a breast pump I was wondering if it was a joke. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2612-2622).
• Wardle, C. J., Green, M., Mburu, C. W., & Densmore, M. (2018). Exploring Co-Design with Breastfeeding Mothers. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. 482).
• World Health Organization. Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020 – 2024 Bentley, M. E., Johnson, S. L., Wasser, H., Creed-Kanashiro, H., Shroff, M., Fernandez Rao, S., &
• Cunningham, M. (2014). Formative research methods for designing culturally appropriate, integrated child nutrition and development interventions: an overview. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1308(1), 54-67.
• Daelmans, B., Ferguson, E., Lutter, C. K., Singh, N., PachoÃÅn, H., Creed-Kanashiro, H., ... & Pareja, R. (2013). Designing appropriate omplementary feeding recommendations: tools for programmatic action. Maternal & child nutrition, 9, 116-130.
• D'Ignazio, C., Hope, A., Michelson, B., Churchill, R., & Zuckerman, E. (2016). A Feminist HCI Approach to Designing Postpartum Technologies: When I first saw a breast pump I was wondering if it was a joke.
• In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2612-2622).
• Wardle, C. J., Green, M., Mburu, C. W., & Densmore, M. (2018). Exploring Co-Design with Breastfeeding Mothers. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. 482).
• World Health Organization. Global Strategy on Digital Health 2020 - 2024 https://www.who.int/docs/defaultsource/
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