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Dr Gail Kenning

Biography
Dr Gail Kenning
Phone
02 8936 0598

Dr Kenning’s recent work is located at the intersection of art, design, technology and creativity exploring how these contribute to physical and mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, with a particular focus on ageing and dementia. Her research and practice explore creativity from three perspectives:

  1. How creativity can support and facilitate health and wellbeing (e.g., contributing to social engagement, connection, mental health, etc.); and
  2. How creative approaches can be applied in the collection of data to better understand the concerns, needs, and embodied lived experience of elderly people in relation to physical and mental health and social engagement/disengagement and connection/disconnection. Creative approaches can include participatory creative workshops and deliberative discussion, storytelling, and creative making.
  3. How creative engagement offers transformative potential

Dr Kenning is experienced in organising and facilitating deliberative discussions, creative workshops, and seminars as part of research and participatory engagement.

Combining her background in art practice, academic research, and industry and community engagement, she also consults to industry, arts health organisations, and government on design of health and wellbeing programs; use of digital media, systems and software; and evaluation of health and wellbeing programs.


Research activities

2021          

             Lead CI A co-design approach to addressing fear of falling and related activity avoidance in older adults funded ADA, UNSW (Gail Kenning, Volker Kuchelmeister, Prof, Kim Delbare - Advisor Scientia Professor J Bennett) partnering with War Memorial Hospital; 

Lead CI working with fEEL team DTV (Dementai TV) – developing screen-based digital human companions. partnering with New Horizons ;  

 Lead CI A co-design approach to addressing fear of falling and related activity avoidance in older adults funded Ageing Futures Institute, UNSW (Gail Kenning, Volker Kuchelmeister, Prof, Kim Delbare - Advisor Scientia Professor J Bennett) partnering with War Memorial Hospital; ;working with War Memorial Hospital

2020   

Co- CI   Co-CI Immersive media explorations of the felt experience of emotions in the body. fEEL (felt Experience and Empathy Lab), University of New South Wales (as part of Scientia Professor Jill Bennett ARC Laureate); 

Co- CI Intergenerational Integrate Project. Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), University of New South Wales (as part of Dr Ruth Peters, Ageing Futures Institute Awards)

2019   

Chief Investigator (CI), It feels like home, Woollahra Municipal Council – Community engagement with mature citizens to understand their concerns and anxieties in relation to ageing;

CI Extending the visual matrix: Using inclusive psychosocial engagement and qualitative data generation and evaluation to understand optimal ageing (Gail Kenning, Fiona White, Natasha Ginnivan, et al.), Ageing Futures Institute, UNSW; 

Co-CI, Empathetic Care Spaces: Retrofitting Care Environments to Promote Social Connection, Meaningful Engagement, and Support Wellbeing for People Living with Dementia with Associate Professor Nimish Biloria, UTS ( funded by Leigh Place, Sydney);

CI, Creativity in aged care, connection, engagement and environment, Leigh Place, Sydney;

CI, PAUSE: Engaging with Art and Creating a Time and Space for Self-care, Palliative Care NSW;

Co-CI Phenomenological and Embodied Experience Associated with Ageing in Older Adults, fEEL (felt Experience and Empathy Lab), University of New South Wales; Co-CI Course of Empathy, Empathy App, fEEL (felt Experience and Empathy Lab), University of New South Wales

2018   

CI, Soundplay for Wellbeing, University of Technology Sydney; 

CI, Arts Access Program for Liveable Communities in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW;

2017   

Co-CI, ABC analysis of diversity in content, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC);

2016   

Co-CI, (International) LAUGH: Ludic Artefacts Using Haptics and Gesture –  £500,000 funded Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project with Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales;

            CI, Making It Together, design research on creativity and craft for ageing and dementia in suburban and regional Australia;

CI, Evaluation of Art Gallery NSW Art Access Program;

Co-CI, Care through co-design, Centre for Contemporary Design Practices, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building (DAB), UTS in partnership with Lutheran Services;

Research Associate, Evaluation of the Stoner Sloth Cannabis Awareness Social Media Campaign, Department of Premier and Cabinet, NSW Government;

2015   

CI,        Person-Centred Activities Coffs Harbour (PACH) research of creativity and craft for ageing and dementia;

2014   

CI,        Hand i Pockets, design research exploring maker practices in participatory design for people living with dementia;
Research team member, Sensory E-Textiles, collaborative design research project with Prof Cathy Treadaway, Cardiff Metropolitan University;
Research team member, Dementia aprons, collaborative design research project with Prof Cathy Treadaway, Cardiff Metropolitan University;
Research assistant (RA), Generally Accepted Practices (GAP) Study of public relations – international industry sponsored report;
RA, Which Media Set the News Agenda: Mass Media or/and Social Media? Industry report for Isentia;

2013   

CI,       Crafting Wellbeing investigating craft activities and digital media technologies for health and wellbeing, focussing on ageing and dementia;

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Kenning G; Visser M, 2022, 'Evaluating quality of life and wellbeing at the intersection of dementia care and creative engagement', Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice
Papadopoulos C; Kenning G; Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2022, 'A visit with Viv: Empathising with a digital human character embodying the lived experiences of dementia', Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice

Book Chapters

Kenning G, 2022, 'Arts engagement: Experiences to support wellbeing and inform understanding of lived experience', in Crawford P (ed.), Encyclopaedia of health humanities
Kenning G; Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2021, 'An immersive art-based approach to engaging with the embodied, sensory and affective experience of living with dementia', in Dementia Lab 2021: Supporting ability through design, Springer, Switzerland
Kenning G, 2020, 'Connecting with and through art', in Arts & Dementia. Interdisciplinary Perspectives, De Gruyter Edition Angewandte, Vienna
Kenning G; Brankaert R, 2020, 'Framing in Context.', in Brankaert R; Kenning G (ed.), HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia, Springer, pp. 1 - 14, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32835-1
Kenning G, 2020, 'Reciprocal Design.', in Brankaert R; Kenning G (ed.), HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia, Springer, pp. 17 - 32, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32835-1
Brankaert R; Kenning G, 2020, 'Where from and Where Next? - HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia.', in Brankaert R; Kenning G (ed.), HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia, Springer, pp. 349 - 355, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32835-1

Conference Papers

de Groot W; Kenning G; vand den Hoven E; Eggen B, 2021, 'Exploring how a multi sensory media album can support dementia care staff', in Dementia Lab, Vancouver (vitraul), presented at Dementia Lab, Vancouver (vitraul), 18 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Houben M; van Engen V; Kenning G; Brankaert R, 2021, 'Smile: Capturing and sharing personal photos to stimulate social relations and support self identity in dementia', Vancouver (Virtual), presented at Dementia lab, Vancouver (Virtual), 18 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Kenning G; Ginnivan N, 2021, 'A virtual visual matrix focussing on the visit', in Dementia Lab, Vancouver online, presented at Dementia Lab 2021, Vancouver online, 18 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Kenning G; Bennett J; Kuchelmeister V; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2021, 'An immersive art-based approach to engaging with the embodied, sensory and affective experience of living with dementia', in Dementia Lab 2021, Vancouver/online, presented at Dementia Lab 2021: Supporting ability, Vancouver/online, 18 January 2021 - 28 January 2021
Hodge J; Foley S; Brankaert R; Kenning G; Lazar A; Boger J; Morrissey K, 2020, 'Relational, Flexible, Everyday: Learning from Ethics in Dementia Research.', in Bernhaupt R; Mueller FF; Verweij D; Andres J; McGrenere J; Cockburn A; Avellino I; Goguey A; Bjøn P; Zhao S; Samson BP; Kocielnik R (eds.), CHI, ACM, pp. 1 - 16, https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3313831
Houben M; Brankaert R; Bakker S; Kenning G; Bongers I; Eggen B, 2020, 'The Role of Everyday Sounds in Advanced Dementia Care', in CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Association for Computing MachineryNew YorkNY United States, Hawaii (online), presented at CHI: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Hawaii (online), 27 April 2020 - 01 May 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376577
Ilsar A; Kenning G, 2020, 'Inclusive improvisation through sound and movement mapping: from DMI to ADMI', in The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ACM, presented at ASSETS '20: The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3373625.3416988
Kenning G; Bennett J; White F, 2020, 'Age discourse and the transformative potential of arts engagement', Online, presented at Australian Association of Gerontology 53rd Conference, Online, 10 November 2020 - 20 November 2020
Kenning G; Bennett J, 2020, 'The Visit: using arts-based immersive approaches to explore the lived experiences of dementia', Online, presented at Australian Association of Gerontology 53rd Conference, Online, 10 November 2020 - 20 November 2020

Books

2020, HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia, Brankaert R; Kenning G, (ed.), Springer

Reports

Kenning G, 2020, Connecting with and through art: Arts engagement for liveable communities, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney
Kenning G; White F, 2020, These Walls Could Talk: Visual matrix to extend engagement for older people, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Kenning G, 2020, WEVE It feels like home: Understanding the needs of older people, University New South Wales, Sydney

Conference Abstracts

Kuchelmeister V; Bennett J; Ginnivan N; Kenning G; Papadopoulos C; Dean R; Neidorf M, 2020, 'The Visit (Abstract IEEE VR 2020)', in IEEE VR 2020, Atlanta, presented at 27th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, Atlanta, 22 March 2020 - 26 March 2020, http://ieeevr.org/2020/
Kuchelmeister V; Bennett J; Kenning G; Ginnivan N; Neidorf M, 2020, 'The Visit VR. An immersive experience to counteract stigma about dementia.', in Frameless Symposium, Rochester, NY, presented at Frameless Symposium, Rochester, NY, 19 November 2020 - 20 November 2020, https://scholarworks.rit.edu/frameless/

Conference Presentations

Kenning G, 2020, 'Together Art and Dementia: Connecting with and through Art', presented at Demedarts Symposium, Austria - Virtual, 19 November 2020 - 19 November 2020
Kenning G; Bennett J, 2020, 'The Visit', presented at Engaging Dementia 12th International Dementia Conference, Dublin, Ireland/Virtual, 02 November 2020 - 03 November 2020