Gemma Teal

Research Fellow
MEng Product Design Engineering

Gemma Teal has eight years experience as a design researcher in the area of health and wellbeing. Her work focuses on opening up the design process to include academics from other disciplines, industry partners, health professionals and the public. She designs for meaningful engagement and participation through innovative community engagement, insight gathering tools, workshops, and digital and service prototyping.

Gemma works within the Experience Labs team and leads projects exploring how people-centred digital and service innovation can support self-management of diabetes, digital health records, assisted living, ambulance and outpatients services. Through this work, she is researching how design-led methodologies can create spaces for participatory innovation.

In Right Here Right Now, Gemma collaborated with the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, NHS Health Scotland and the University of Glasgow, to explore how digital tools can be used to capture real-time insights from Glasgow’s citizens in order to inform timely decision-making and policy.

Gemma was also GSA project lead for Living it Up, delivering an innovative and ambitious programme of community engagement to develop a health, wellbeing and self-management service. Over a three-year period, she directly engaged more than 2,000 community members and health professionals in the co-creation process, using innovative pop-up tools, workshops and testing sessions. She was design researcher on mappmal, an ESRC-funded study that developed a prototype system for improved food and nutrition provision for older people in hospital.

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