Guy Collier’s PhD Project


Guy Collier’s PhD research builds on the project ‘Living Well with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)’ by embedding critical reflection on the MCI category throughout the design process.

MCI is a relatively new diagnosis that describes the ambiguous zone between ‘normal’ age-related decline and dementia, yet its inability to predict dementia with any reliability has brought its clinical value into question. The concept has in many ways ‘medicalised’ age-related changes by redefining clinically acceptable levels of forgetfulness. Looking at the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic conditions that produce MCI as a ‘matter of concern’ for our users, this PhD research aims to understand the ways in which design practices intersect with the medicalisation of everyday life in contemporary society, and the implications this has for the emerging field of ‘design for health’. It draws specifically on anthropology to inspire real-time reflection on other possible ways of thinking and being—and other possible futures.

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