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PhD Research: Smart Home Ecosystems for Older Individuals Living Independently in Australia and China

I am presently enrolled as a PhD candidate at UNSW Built Environment. My doctoral research focuses on investigating the relationship between smart home ecosystems tailored for older individuals in independent living and their perceived value, with a specific emphasis on Australia and China. By integrating various disciplines such as user experience, product ecosystems, participatory design, and self-perception perspectives, my aim is to delve into how inclusive design principles, adoption strategies, and the sustained impact of smart home ecosystems can enhance the perceived sense of value, well-being, and autonomy among older adults living independently.

Publications, Presentations, and Grants during the PhD

Below are my research outcomes and activities. If you share similar research interests or engage in similar activities, please feel free to reach out. You can contact me via email at

Meng J, (Forthcoming), 'Enhancing Older Adults' Motivation for Social Interaction: Exploring Design Principles of Mobile Applications through a Self-Determination Theory Approach’, in Bertino, E; Gao, W; Steffen, B; Yung, M(ed.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 14725 volume of the proceedings (Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population - Part I), Springer Nature Switzerland AG

Meng J, (Forthcoming), 'Facilitating Social Engagement for Middle-Aged and Older Individuals: Examining the Role of Idle Goods and Product-Service Design’, Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Affiliated Conferences (AHFE) 2024 Conference Proceedings, Taylor & Francis

Meng J, (Forthcoming), 'Understanding the Career Trajectory of Chinese Service Designers: Insights into the Current Landscape and Influential Factors',  in Yifan Z; Meng J; Yu C; Xiao L (ed.), Published by Tongji University and Politecnico di Milano, Online report of research outcomes.  

Meng J, 2024, (Conference Presentation) ‘Idle Goods as Catalysts for Social Interaction: A Case Study on Product-Service Design for China's Middle-Aged and Elderly Communities’, AHFE 2024, Université Côte d'Azur, Nice, France, July 24-27, 2024

Meng J, 2024, (Conference Presentation), Investigating Social Media App Design for Enhancing Older Adults' Social Engagement: A Self-Determination Theory (SDT) Perspective, Proceedings of the HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) International Conference 2024, Washington DC, USA, 29 June - 4 July 2024

Meng J, (ACT Presentation) ‘Smart Homes, Older People’s Values: Australia vs. China’, Canberra Health Annual Research Meeting (CHARM) 2024, Canberra, Australia, 17-21 June 2024 

2024 HDR Development and Research Training Grant (DRTG), Graduate Research School, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), (Meng J.), $3,000.

“Sydney Spectrum: Embracing Diversity in the Built Environment”, Anti-Racism Grants at UNSW, (Dincer D., Demirbilek O., Meng J.), $2,500.

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