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Dr P.J. White is a Senior Lecturer and Research Director at designCORE. Externally he is an Adjunct Full Professor at McMaster University, and an Adjunct Member at McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, Canada.

Holding a PhD in Product Design, Dr White researches and lectures in Product and Service design with a specialism in ageing. Prior to his academic roles, he worked as a Product Designer, with industry experience ranging from the design of domestic products to product solutions for SMEs and multinational companies.

He currently works across an interdisciplinary portfolio of research involving leading national and international partners. Examples of projects include health services co-design (HSE), public transport service design (Irish Rail), dementia standards development (NSAI) design for dementia (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases) ageing and the digital divide (McMaster University) digital divide in developing countries (Makerere University, Uganda) co-designing Interdisciplinary research (McMaster University and SETU) labour market digital tools (SFI funded with Dr Ray Griffin SETU).

Dr White has published and produced a wide range of high-impact outputs including journal and conference papers, book chapters, national news articles, podcasts, and journal editorials. His national and international outreach work includes conference chairing, guest lectures, invited symposia presentations, consultation on Irish Government policy, and University representation in Carlow County Council’s Age Friendly Alliance.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Product Design, Maynooth University


Award Date: 01 Sep 2012

National Diploma, Industrial Design

01 Sep 199830 Jun 2025

Award Date: 01 Oct 2001

Bachelors Degree, Industrial Design

01 Sep 200125 Jun 2002

External positions

Adjunct Full Professor, McMaster University

2024 → …

SETU Representative of Carlow Age Friendly Alliance , Carlow County Council

01 Sep 2023 → …

Expert reviewer and Committee Member: ISO/DIS 23623 Dementia Inclusive Communities , National Standards Authority of Ireland

2020 → …

External Examiner, Technological University of the Shannon


Adjunct Member, McMaster University

2019 → …

Visiting Professor , Windesheim University of Applied Sciences


PhD Supervisor, Atlantic Technological University Sligo

Adjunct Member, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging

PhD External Examiner, University of Limerick


  • NC Drawing Design Illustration
  • Design thinking
  • codesign
  • Ageing
  • Older adults


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