Emmanuel designs interactions between people, places and products. He has been employing a practice-based and co-design approaches in investigating how digital economy can enable a more sustainable society and influence behaviour change, especially in the areas of health and well-being, energy and defense.
In terms of the former Emmanuel has been investigating how playful design along with the gamification of repetitive therapy interventions in neurophysiological (such as stroke) and neurodegenerative health conditions (such as Parkinson's), can lead to higher patient motivation levels and adherence to therapy. These interventions have been based on co-design with expert patients and clinicians and the bespoking of everyday gaming technology widely available at home. The projects attracted media attention with articles published by the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Times and many other online media outlets.
In terms of the latter his participation under the Solar Soldier project, led to an innovative solution of a solar-powered battery pack that can be incorporated on the uniform and kit of infantry soldiers to harvest energy, whilst reducing the bulk and weight of their kit. The project attracted media attention with articles published by the Daily Mail, Discovery News and many other online media outlets.
Emmanuel is currently working on research projects with people in the early stages of Dementia, with families of children with autism and in the area of public health on the design of playful interventions and interactions, as well as in the are of ageing and social isolation.
Emmanuel is a member of the Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) and the Programme leader for the new BA Design Interactions. Lastly Emmanuel is a co-editor of the Ashgate Design for Healthcare book to be published in May 2016 blogs regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on the design and use of technology in Health.