Emmanuel designs interactions between people, places and products by forging creative design methods along with digital technology. His design-led research in the areas of health, ageing, wellbeing and defence has generated public interest and attracted media attention by the national press, such as the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Times, the Daily Mail, Discovery News and several other international online media outlets.
Emmanuel researhes health promoting innovations by 'designing out' the problems and barriers that prevent health-promoting behaviours. He designs technology inspired health interventions and services that are created by end-users and that link the physical with the digital world through play and playful interactions. His research also looks at exploring healthy futures that ordinary people would prefer, by using design fictions (provocative prototypes) that engage and encourage people to envision, explain and raise questions about direction of future technology and society.
Previous research in this field also includes the design & development of playful therapy interventions in neurophysiological (such as stroke) and neurodegenerative health conditions (such as Parkinson's). He is currently working 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 technology and interactions that promote healthy behaviours. His current research also looks into how participatory design fictions can be used a s a tool to provoke and generate debate around policy initiatives and emergent technology amongst diverse groups in the area of ageing and dementia.
Lastly, Emmanuel is a member of the Centre for Ageing Research and the Programme leader for the new BA Design, co-editor of the Ashgate Design for Healthcare book to be published in 2016 and blogs regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on the design and use of technology in Health.