Prof David Prendergast

Anthropology, Design Innovation, ALL Institute

Acting Head, Department of Design Innovation
Professor in Science, Technology & Society

Rowan House
(353) 1 708 6205

Biography

David Prendergast is Professor in Science, Technology & Society in the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University. His research over the last twenty years has focused on later life-course transitions and he has authored a wide range of books and articles on ageing, health, technology, and social relationships. David’s doctorate, completed in 2002 at Cambridge University, was an ethnography of intergenerational relationships and family change in South Korea published as a monograph ‘From Elder to Ancestor, Old Age, Death and Inheritance in Modern Korea’ by Global Oriental. David subsequently worked on several major research projects at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Trinity College Dublin including a history of the British Colonial Wildlife Conservation, the provision of paid home care services in Ireland; and a three-year ESRC study into death, dying and bereavement in England and Scotland.  

David began working with Intel in 2006 attracted by the opportunity to utilize social research to design, develop, and evaluate culturally appropriate technologies to help enable older people to live independently. As Lead Social Scientist for Intel’s Digital Health Group in EMEA and Principal Investigator in the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre in Ireland, David led a diverse range of multidisciplinary research initiatives from the Global Ageing Project which explores the expectations and experiences of health and ageing around the world, to Irish and EU studies on pathways into health and social care, active retirement communities, loneliness, sleep and activity patterns, behavioural change, caregiver support systems, and social innovation. 

David moved to Intel Labs Europe in 2011 as User Experience Lead and helped set up and run the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities with Imperial College and University College London until 2015. He also held the positions of Visiting Professor of Healthcare Innovation at Trinity College Dublin and external examiner to the Design Ethnography MSc at Dundee University. In recent years David has focused on directing Urban Living Labs and ‘Internet of Things’ research testbeds in London, San Jose and Dublin. These include environmental and air pollution monitoring in Hyde Park and Enfield, a Flood Management System with Dublin City Council, a Smart Stadium project with Croke Park, and a co-funded collaboration with the Science Foundation Ireland LERO Centre and Maynooth University on designing autonomous vehicles for Older Adults. 

His most recent volume ‘Ageing and the Digital Life Course’ edited with Chiara Garattini was given a CHOICE ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ by the American Library Association and was described as one of ‘the two most fascinating books on aging in the 21st Century’ by the Huffington Post.
 After the loss of his daughter Beth to AML Leukaemia in 2008, David has been a keen advocate and fundraiser for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. In 2014, he was named a ‘hero of the Fortune 500’ by Fortune Magazine and has been nominated and shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Awards. He has received the Intel Involved Global Hero Award, Intel’s highest honour, as well as an Intel Labs Gordon E. Moore Award for humanitarian contributions. Prior to joining Maynooth University, he completed his eleven-year career at Intel as an invited torchbearer at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Research Interests

Ageing, Smart Cities, East Asia, South Korea, Environmental Protest, Digital Health, Internet of Things, Science, Technology & Society, Death, Ritualisation, Independent Living, Home Care Provision, Loneliness and Social Isolation, Photography, Human Centred Design

Books

  Year Publication
2016 Aging and the digital life course.
Prendergast, David and Garattini, Chiara (2016) Aging and the digital life course. Oxford: Berghahn Books. [Details]
2006 No place like home: domiciliary care services for older people in Ireland.
Timonen, Virpi and Doyle, Martha and Prendergast, David (2006) No place like home: domiciliary care services for older people in Ireland. : Liffey Press. [Details]
2005 From elder to ancestor: old age, death and inheritance in modern Korea.
Prendergast, David (2005) From elder to ancestor: old age, death and inheritance in modern Korea. Folkestone: Global Oriental. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2016 'Critical Reflections on Ageing and Technology in the Twenty First Century'
Garattini, C. & Prendergast, D. (2016) 'Critical Reflections on Ageing and Technology in the Twenty First Century' In: Prendergast, D. & Garattini, C (eds). Ageing and the Digital Life Course. Oxford: Berghahn Books. [Details]
2012 'Connecting Communities: The Role of Design Ethnography in Developing Social Care Technologies for Isolated Older Adults'
Prendergast, David and Somerville, Claire and Wherton, Joseph P (2012) 'Connecting Communities: The Role of Design Ethnography in Developing Social Care Technologies for Isolated Older Adults' In: Editors: Juan Carlos Augusto, Michael Huch, Achilles Kameas, Julie Maitland, Paul McCullagh, Jean Roberts, Andrew Sixsmith, Reiner Wichert, pp.791-804 (eds). Handbook of Ambient Assisted Living: Technology for Healthcare, Rehabilitation and Well-being. Amsterdam: IOS Press. [Details]
2010 'Wandering lines and cul-de-sacs: Trajectories of ashes in the United Kingdom'
Kellaher, Leonie and Hockey, Jenny and Prendergast, David (2010) 'Wandering lines and cul-de-sacs: Trajectories of ashes in the United Kingdom' In: Hockey, J (eds). The Matter of Death: space, place and materiality. New York: Palgrave. [Details]
2010 'Ash Disposal and the making of new Memorial Environments in the UK'
Hockey, J., Kellaher, L. & Prendergast, D. (2010) 'Ash Disposal and the making of new Memorial Environments in the UK' In: Sacred places in Modern Western Culture. Louvain: Peeters. [Details]
2009 'The Building Bridges Project: Involving Older Adults in the Design of a Communication Technology to Support Peer-to-Peer Social Engagement'
Wherton, J. & Prendergast, D. (2009) 'The Building Bridges Project: Involving Older Adults in the Design of a Communication Technology to Support Peer-to-Peer Social Engagement' In: HCI and Usability for e-Inclusion. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. [Details]
2007 'Sustaining Kinship: Ritualization and the Disposal of Human Ashes in the United Kingdom'
PRENDERGAST, DAVID and KELLAHER, LEONIE and HOCKEY, JENNY (2007) 'Sustaining Kinship: Ritualization and the Disposal of Human Ashes in the United Kingdom' In: Margaret Mitchell (eds). Remember me: constructing Immortality - beliefs on immortality, life and death. New York: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2014 'Using Action Research and Peer Perspectives to Develop Technology That Facilitates Behavioral Change and Self-Management in COPD'
Catherine McCabe, John Dinsmore, Anne Marie Brady, Gabrielle Mckee,Sharon O’Donnell, David Prendergast (2014) 'Using Action Research and Peer Perspectives to Develop Technology That Facilitates Behavioral Change and Self-Management in COPD'. International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications, 15 [Details]
2012 'Linking the lonely: an exploration of a communication technology designed to support social interaction among older adults'
Garattini, Chiara and Wherton, Joseph and Prendergast, David (2012) 'Linking the lonely: an exploration of a communication technology designed to support social interaction among older adults'. Universal access in the information society, 11 (2):211-222 [Details]
2012 'Identifying opportunities for supporting caregivers of persons with dementia through information and communication technology'
McHugh, JE and Wherton, JP and Prendergast, DK and Lawlor, BA (2012) 'Identifying opportunities for supporting caregivers of persons with dementia through information and communication technology'. Gerontechnology, 10 (4):220-230 [Details]
2012 'Teleconferencing as a source of social support for older spousal caregivers: initial explorations and recommendations for future research'
McHugh, Joanna Edel and Wherton, Joseph P and Prendergast, David K and Lawlor, Brian A (2012) 'Teleconferencing as a source of social support for older spousal caregivers: initial explorations and recommendations for future research'. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, 27 (6):381-387 [Details]
2012 'Risk factors and mediating pathways of loneliness and social support in community-dwelling older adults'
Schnittger, Rebecca IB and Wherton, Joseph and Prendergast, David and Lawlor, Brian A (2012) 'Risk factors and mediating pathways of loneliness and social support in community-dwelling older adults'. Aging and Mental Health, 16 (3):335-346 [Details]
2011 'Psychosocial and functional correlates of nutrition among community-dwelling older adults in Ireland'
Romero-Ortuno, Roman and Casey, Anne-Marie and Cunningham, Clodagh U and Squires, S and Prendergast, David and Kenny, Rose Anne and Lawlor, Brian A (2011) 'Psychosocial and functional correlates of nutrition among community-dwelling older adults in Ireland'. J Nutr Health Aging, 15 (7):527-531 [Details]
2010 'The Global Ageing Experience Project: Anthropology, technology and independent living'
Plowman, T and Prendergast, D and Roberts, S and Sherry, J (2010) 'The Global Ageing Experience Project: Anthropology, technology and independent living'. Gerontechnology, 9 (2) [Details]
2009 'FROM PEOPLE TO PROTOTYPES AND PRODUCTS: ETHNOGRAPHIC LIQUIDITY AND THE INTEL GLOBAL AGING EXPERIENCE STUDY'
Plowman, Tim and Prendergast, David and Roberts, Simon (2009) 'FROM PEOPLE TO PROTOTYPES AND PRODUCTS: ETHNOGRAPHIC LIQUIDITY AND THE INTEL GLOBAL AGING EXPERIENCE STUDY'. Intel Technology Journal, 13 (3) [Details]
2009 'Technology and Independent Living: The Global Aging Experience Project'
Prendergast, David and Sherry, John and Roberts, Simon and Plowman, Tim (2009) 'Technology and Independent Living: The Global Aging Experience Project'. Anthropology News, 50 (8):9-10 [Details]
2009 'Practice, systems and technology for seniors'
Prendergast, David and Roberts, Simon (2009) 'Practice, systems and technology for seniors'. Universal Access in the Information Society, 8 (1):59-61 [Details]
2008 'Determining the Relationship between Sleep and Social Activity in Community Dwelling Older Individuals'
Behan, J and Prendergast, D and Quigley, B and Walsh, L (2008) 'Determining the Relationship between Sleep and Social Activity in Community Dwelling Older Individuals'. Gerontechnology, 7 (2) [Details]
2007 'Of Grief and Wellbeing: Competing Conceptions of Restorative Ritualization'
Jenny Hockey, David Prendergast, Leonie Kellaher (2007) 'Of Grief and Wellbeing: Competing Conceptions of Restorative Ritualization'. Anthropology and Medicine, 14 (1):1-14 [Details]
2007 'The Matter of Materiality: An Ethnographic Approach to New Trends in the Disposal of Human Cremated Remains'
Hockey, Jenny and Kellaher, Leonie and Prendergast, David (2007) 'The Matter of Materiality: An Ethnographic Approach to New Trends in the Disposal of Human Cremated Remains'. Ethnologie fran\ccaise, 37 (2):295-304 [Details]
2007 'Sustaining kinship: Ritualization and the disposal of human ashes in the United Kingdom'
Hockey, Jenny and Kellaher, Leonie and Prendergast, David (2007) 'Sustaining kinship: Ritualization and the disposal of human ashes in the United Kingdom'. Remember me: Constructing immortality, :35-50 [Details]
2007 'La cremation et le devenir des cendres'
Hockey, Jenny and Kellaher, Leonie and Prendergast, David (2007) 'La cremation et le devenir des cendres'. ETHNOLOGIE FRANÇAISE, 37 (2):295-304 [Details]
2007 'Sustaining Kinship'
HOCKEY, JENNY and KELLAHER, LEONIE and PRENDERGAST, DAVID (2007) 'Sustaining Kinship'. Remember Me: Constructing Immortality-Beliefs on Immortality, Life, and Death, [Details]
2006 'Where did all the ashes go?'
Hockey, J and Kellaher, L and Prendergast, D (2006) 'Where did all the ashes go?'. PHAROS INTERNATIONAL, 72 (3) [Details]
2006 'Blowing in the wind? Identity, materiality, and the destinations of human ashes'
Prendergast, David and Hockey, Jenny and Kellaher, Leonie (2006) 'Blowing in the wind? Identity, materiality, and the destinations of human ashes'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 12 (4):881-898 [Details]
2005 'In the shadow of the traditional grave'
Kellaher, Leonie and Prendergast, David and Hockey, Jenny (2005) 'In the shadow of the traditional grave'. Mortality, 10 (4):237-250 [Details]
2004 'Resistance, renewal or reinvention: the removal of ashes from crematoria'
Kellaher, L and Prendergast, D and Hockey, J (2004) 'Resistance, renewal or reinvention: the removal of ashes from crematoria'. Pharos International, 70 (4):10-13 [Details]
2003 'Colonial wildlife conservation and the origins of the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire (1903--1914)'
Prendergast, David K and Adams, William M (2003) 'Colonial wildlife conservation and the origins of the Society for the Preservation of the Wild Fauna of the Empire (1903--1914)'. Oryx, 37 (2):251-260 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2017 Positioning living labs within action design research: preliminary findings from a systematic literature review
Maccani, Giovanni and McLoughlin, Shane and Prendergast, David and Donnellan, Brian (2017) Positioning living labs within action design research: preliminary findings from a systematic literature review Designing the Digital Transformation: DESRIST 2017 Research in Progress Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology. Karlsruhe, Germany. 30 May-1 Jun [Details]
2017 Evaluation of LPWAN Technologies for Smart Cities: River Monitoring Use-Case
Guibene, Wael and Nowack, Johannes and Chalikias, Nikolaos and Fitzgibbon, Kevin and Kelly, Mark and Prendergast, David (2017) Evaluation of LPWAN Technologies for Smart Cities: River Monitoring Use-Case Wireless Communications and Networking Conference Workshops (WCNCW), 2017 IEEE , pp.1-5 [Details]
2017 Understanding packet loss for sound monitoring in a smart stadium IoT testbed
Little, Suzanne and Zhang, Dian and Ballas, Camille and O'Connor, Noel E and Prendergast, David and Nolan, Keith and Quinn, Brian and Moran, Niall and Myers, Mike and Dillon, Clare and others (2017) Understanding packet loss for sound monitoring in a smart stadium IoT testbed Proceedings of the First ACM International Workshop on the Engineering of Reliable, Robust, and Secure Embedded Wireless Sensing Systems , pp.40-45 [Details]
2014 Systematic analysis of digitally enabled services for Sustainable Connected Cities
Maccani, Giovanni and Helfert, Markus and Kenneally, Jim and Donnellan, Brian and Prendergast, David K (2014) Systematic analysis of digitally enabled services for Sustainable Connected Cities ISPIM Conference Proceedings [Details]
2013 SenCity: uncovering the hidden pulse of a city (workshop)
Gallacher, Sarah and Kalnikaite, Vaiva and McCann, Julie and Prendergast, David and Bird, Jon and Jetter, Hans-Christian (2013) SenCity: uncovering the hidden pulse of a city (workshop) Proceedings of the 2013 ACM conference on Pervasive and ubiquitous computing adjunct publication , pp.1311-1316 [Details]
2013 Sustainable Connected Cities: Vision and Blueprint towards Managing IT for City Prosperity and Sustainability
Kenneally, Jim and Prendergast, David and Maccani, Giovanni and Donnellan, Brian and Helfert, Markus (2013) Sustainable Connected Cities: Vision and Blueprint towards Managing IT for City Prosperity and Sustainability European Design Science Symposium , pp.88-98 [Details]
2013 Improving user comfort and office energy efficiency with POEM (personal office energy monitor)
Milenkovic, Milan and Hanebutte, Ulf and Huang, Yonghong and Prendergast, David and Pham, Han (2013) Improving user comfort and office energy efficiency with POEM (personal office energy monitor) CHI'13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems , pp.1455-1460 [Details]
2012 Intel Collaborative Research Institute-Sustainable Connected Cities
Schoning, Johannes and Rogers, Yvonne and Bird, Jon and Capra, Licia and McCann, Julie A and Prendergast, David and Sheridan, Charles (2012) Intel Collaborative Research Institute-Sustainable Connected Cities International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence , pp.364-372 [Details]
2009 The building bridges project: involving older adults in the design of a communication technology to support peer-to-peer social engagement
Wherton, Joseph and Prendergast, David (2009) The building bridges project: involving older adults in the design of a communication technology to support peer-to-peer social engagement Symposium of the Austrian HCI and Usability Engineering Group , pp.111-134 [Details]
2008 Social rhythms and nocturnal routines in community dwelling older adults
Behan, Julie and Prendergast, David and Walsh, Lorcan and Quigley, Brenda (2008) Social rhythms and nocturnal routines in community dwelling older adults International Conference on Smart Homes and Health Telematics , pp.73-80 [Details]

ANET/COS

  Year Publication
2017 Aging and the Digital Life Course’, Invited Author Review.
Prendergast, D. (2017) Aging and the Digital Life Course’, Invited Author Review. ANET/COS [Details]
2015 Monitoring sleep stages to determine optimal arousal times and to alert an individual to negative states of wakefulness.
Behan, Julie and Prendergast, David (2015) Monitoring sleep stages to determine optimal arousal times and to alert an individual to negative states of wakefulness. ANET/COS [Details]

Teaching Interests

Anthropological Research and Writing
Science, Technology and Society
Design Ethnography
Ageing and the Digital Life Course
East Asia
Experiential Learning