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NetwellCASALA Living Lab

NetwellCASALA Living Lab

Located in the northeast of Ireland, NetwellCASALA Living Lab was established in 2007 in response to challenges identified in association with population ageing.  Residing within Dundalk Institute of Technology, the NetwellCASALA Living Lab collaborates with public bodies, private organisations, academic partners, voluntary and community sector organisations and individuals.


The Living Lab is managed by the NetwellCASALA research centre and has a remit to actively seek to work with all stakeholders, including community, public sector, industry and other research partners, in applied research and innovation through to commercialisation. The Living Lab maintains an open culture in relation to new developments and ongoing projects. In so doing, benefits gained are actively promoted to a wider ecosystem to enhance the quality of life and well-being of older people and those who care for them. This is achieved through multi-stakeholder collaborative co-design and co-development of digital solutions to support health and wellbeing in ageing.














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The Bright Room
PJ Carroll Building
Dundalk Institute of Technology
Co Louth
NetwellCASALA Living Lab


Co-creation is at the heart of NetwellCASALA Living Lab’s methodologies. The NetwellCASALA toolkit includes a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods such as: brainstorming, workshops, surveys & questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, case studies, validated scales & measures, world cafe and other participatory tools.


In addition to a demonstration housing model, our Innovation and Performance (I&P) Lab has been developed and equipped to function as a dedicated space for workshops, user testing, research participant sessions, student and CPD training sessions, team sprints, meetings and presentations. The I&P Lab has also been equipped for the evaluation of physical performance testing, such as gait & balance as well as for testing wearable devices to measure physical parameters. These innovation and performance spaces support in-house interaction between NetwellCASALA and our stakeholders across all phases of the innovation process, as well as the application of learnings in the form of an enhanced, interdepartmental and external, teaching and learning agenda for the research centre, Living Lab and the academic schools of Dundalk Institute of Technology.



Suzanne Smith MSc.

Living Lab & Research Centre Manager
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Suzanne earned a B.Soc.Sc. from UCD, H.Dip. in Business and MSc by research from DKIT. She worked in mental health, substance abuse, and health education in the U.S. for fifteen years before returning to Ireland. In addition to teaching Healthcare in the adult education sector, Suzanne has an extensive background in intercultural and anti-racism training and research. Suzanne has worked on a range of projects including ProACT and as part of a European research team exploring Social Innovation in Ageing initiatives. Her research has included identifying barriers experienced by older people to accessing and using GP out-of-hours and exploring the vocational challenges of home healthcare assistants. Suzanne leads the Living Lab at NetwellCASALA.


Dr Juile Doyle

Director & Senior Research Fellow
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Dr. Julie Doyle is the Director of NetwellCASALA. Her background is in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and digital health technologies, with a focus on designing and evaluating intuitive and useful health and wellbeing technologies for older adults and those who support their care. Julie joined NetwellCASALA in 2011 and since then has led a number of digital health projects in the areas of chronic disease management, falls prevention, rehabilitation and ambient assisted living.


Dr Oonagh Giggins

Research Fellow
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Dr Oonagh Giggins graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a 1st Class Honours BSc degree in Physiotherapy, and was awarded the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapist (ISCP) prize for clinical placement. She received her MSc and PhD from UCD. Oonagh was awarded an Industry Fellowship grant from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and undertook a one-year fellowship with Novartis, in their Global Service Centre in Dublin. Her current research interests are in personal sensing and the use of novel technologies in rehabilitation, healthcare, and clinical trials.


Dr Orla Moran

Post Doctorate Researcher
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With a B.A. (Hons) in Psychology, Orla completed a PhD in Contextual Behavioural Science at University College Dublin. Orla has taught and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students at UCD and DkIT. As an Assistant Psychologist with ACT Now Ireland, she has delivered training in third wave therapies such Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to both professionals and clinical populations. Orla has worked on the Changing Lives Initiative, within which she conducted a process and cost-effectiveness evaluation of the Incredible Years Parenting Programme for behaviours consistent with ADHD across Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Orla’s current work includes examining the behaviour change impact of digital interventions, on older people with cardiac conditions.

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