Bahar holds undergraduate degree (Product Design with Hons) from University of Sussex and postgraduate degree (Integrated Product Design) from Brunel University in London.Design has played a central role throughout her career, from design internships to the PhD research she is currently undertaking at University of Brighton. The primary focus of her research is on health promotion through the transformation of sun protection behaviour as a result of designing effective human-centred interventions.
Email address: B.KhayamianEsfahani@brighton.ac.uk
Bahar has received a number of awards during her studies:
People prize at Research Poster Competition (2016) - University of Brighton
People Prize and Doctoral College second prize at Research Poster Competition (2015) - University of Brighton
The Most Improved Student award (2011) - University of Sussex
People prize at Research Poster Competition (2016)
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People Prize and Doctoral College second prize at Research Poster Competition (2015)
Prevention of skin cancer in young males; fostering sun protection behaviour using a gender-aware HCD approach.
The purpose of my research is to increase sun protection behaviour in young males aged 18 to 24. In addition, the research aims to understand how sun protection behaviour is shaped and influenced, to develop possible insights and design interventions that change young male’s behaviour in this particular health problem. In this research, the transformation of sun protection behaviour occurs as a result of the strategic implication of adopting gender-aware human-centred design (HCD) approach to develop design interventions based on addressing young male’s needs.
The research methods adopted in the research are referred to the study of human behaviour in everyday context including observations, interviews and participatory design sessions. These methods reveal different levels of knowledge about young males and the way they approach the world. In this context, different levels of knowledge will reveal layers of young male’s experience through spending considerable time in the field that facilitates an explicit and empathetic understanding of their needs through the researcher’s interpretation of young male’s behaviour in their natural setting. In this manner, the concept of masculinity has been instrumental in identifying the major contributing factors that influence young male’s sun protection behaviour through understanding how and why young males behave in a particular way with low levels of sun protection.
Mr Richard Morris
Dr Mark Erickson