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Call for proposals Master thesis – Participatory website design

Collaborative and participatory design of media of cooperation for caring communities – Participatory website design for caring community project in Switzerland

Keywords: Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research, Website Design, Caring Communities


The existing cooperation of the Junior Professorship IT for the Aging Society at the University of Siegen with the research group Ageing at home of the Careum Hochschule Gesundheit (Zurich, Switzerland) offers the opportunity to write a thesis on the participatory design of a project website within the framework of subproject A05 – Cooperative Production of User Autonomy in the Context of the Aging Society of the SFB Media of the cooperation.

The final thesis will be carried out in cooperation with the Swiss project CareComLabs, which has already established 3 Living Labs in Switzerland. The participatory approach is central here. Together with actors of the emerging caring communities, their internet presence will be designed. In addition to the design of the website, the conception, implementation and reflection of the participatory design process are also part of the final thesis.

Travel funds can be made available for trips to the caring communities in Switzerland to conduct co-design workshops.


Since travel is currently not expected in connection with the coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), forms of telepresence such as video conferencing and online co-design workshops can of course also be used.

Aim of project A05 – Cooperative production of user autonomy in the context of an ageing society

The subproject examines and designs prototypical technologies and socio-technical appropriation infrastructures that promote self-empowerment within care and caring communities. Research will focus both on practices of media appropriation by older people who are not technology-oriented and on practices of designing technologies to promote the social participation of older people. The starting point of the project is the premise of the socio-technical duality of media infrastructures, which implies a mutual influence of technology and practice.

The implementation of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches expands the question of translating and perpetuating co-produced research results in sustainable, local community structures, thus allowing the conceptual development of the conditions of co-production of media and appropriation infrastructures between scientific, civic and commercial institutions.

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Cooperative production of user autonomy in the context of an ageing society

Aim of the project CareComLabs – Innovative Home Care Models for People with Comprehensive Care Needs: Caring Community Living Labs

The project sets new impulses in the field of long-term care for people with high support needs by combining two innovative approaches: Caring communities and Living Labs. The aim is to develop sustainable and socially acceptable models of long-term care at home in a participatory way, to test them in practice and to critically examine them. The concept of caring communities is used to explore possibilities of shared responsibility for home care and nursing. In three selected communities in Switzerland, social spaces of shared learning, so-called Living Labs, will be introduced. In these Living Labs, needs are explored and new services are developed, implemented and evaluated. The knowledge gained is processed and made available to other interested communities.

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  • Previous experience in the design of websites
  • Interest in participatory approaches (Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research)
  • (very) good command of the German language
  • Independent work, commitment and fun working in a team
  • Communicative and willing to work with users
  • Previous experience in qualitative field research and empiricism desirable


Students of the HCI, Business Informatics or related courses.

Start: by arrangement

contact person:

Martin Dickel