Alice Brown

Alice Brown is an Interactive designer and researcher, and a PhD candidate with the Urban Informatics Research Lab. She has a keen interest in designing interactive experiences that support self-reflection, communication and action surrounding mental wellbeing within trusted networks.She has worked at QUT for several years as a sessional academic within the Interactive and Visual Design discipline and as a research assistant for both Urban Informatics and Institute of Future Environments. Her past experiences include workshops and exhibitions at the 2013 and 2014 Ars Electronica Festival situated in Linz, Austria. More recently she exhibited her work at the IxD16 conference in Helsinki, Finland where her team was awarded Best in Category – Expressing for the annual IxDAwards

Research areas

  • Care within trusted networks
  • Designing for and with care
  • Art as therapy influencing co-creation practices
  • Designing to support posttraumatic growth

PhD Research: Creative Care: Designing interactive resources for those who have experienced trauma and their trusted others

It has been found that those who experience trauma, and their trusted others such as friends and family, can experience a sense of growth after traumatic experiences. Psychology research has also identified many ways people can care for one another throughout the post-trauma journey outside of a therapy environment, potentially fostering posttraumatic growth. Increasingly, researchers are finding similarities and differences in the post-trauma journey across cultures, raising questions around ways design can support Australians to best cope and care for one another throughout the post-trauma journey. Existing design interventions for supporting the post-trauma journey are diverse, including biometrics and data driven approaches, anonymous and online communities or agony aunts, the digitisation or re-design of existing psychology interventions, the creative sharing of stories, creative offerings of comfort and encouragement of self-care, and symbolic engagements within real world communities. The potential and limitations of these design interventions are explored, presenting challenges and opportunities for designers to consider. Care theory has been identified as an influencing perspective for this PhD study, and the potential in drawing influence from art therapy practices in order to support those who have experienced trauma and their trusted others to reflect, communicate, and act upon one another’s care needs. A Co-Creation methodology is driving this study, in order to design a set of creative care resources for those who have experienced trauma and their trusted others.