Nevay, Sara

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Sara lectures in Product Design within Social Digital at the University of Dundee, leading modules on ways of making and the creation of products. She holds a Masters (Dist., 2012) in Design and BDes Hons degree (1st Class, 2010) in Textile Design, both completed at DJCAD, University of Dundee.


Employing an empathic design approach grounded in the understanding of people’s real-life experiences, Sara has a background in e-textiles, service and participatory design across both academic and commercial contexts. Her research focuses on co-creating soft technologies and tactile-digital artefacts to support health and wellbeing. Recent research includes her doctoral thesis 'E-textile Connections' (2021) which explored e-textiles for social connectedness in later life, and 'Crafting Connections', an on-going collaboration founded with Lucy Robertson (DJCAD and Norwich University of the Arts) considering both traditional and e-textile crafting as a means to support and investigate wellbeing factors.

Before commencing her PhD, Sara worked with BESiDE Research at University of Dundee to co-design wearable artefacts with care home residents to improve physical and social wellbeing, and the AHRC project ‘Listening to Voices’ (grant no. AH/M008181/1) where Sara joined people with lived experiences, creative practitioners and researchers to co-design a textual companion that explores and articulates the voice-hearing experience.

Research interests

Sara's research interests are in the area of craft and design for improved health and wellbeing. She is particularly interested in the design of soft products that aid and support social interaction, participation and digital inclusion, encompassing materials, storytelling and interaction. She welcomes discussions and/or research collaborations in these areas.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, E-textile Connections: Catalysts for Social Connectedness and Challenging Loneliness in Later Life.

10 Oct 201524 Mar 2021

Award Date: 24 Mar 2021

Master of Science, Design

1 Sept 201130 Sept 2012

Award Date: 30 Sept 2012

Bachelor of Design, Honours: Textile Design

1 Sept 200630 Jun 2010

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

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