Engaging in different daily social and physical activities is vital for health and wellbeing. However, rapid advancements in digital technology and the recent COVID-19 pandemic have affected this engagement because they are fundamentally changing the way we communicate, live, work, and our lifestyle in general. Our proposed research project will investigate how engaging in different leisure (e.g., physical exercise, different types of entertainment, social activities) and non-leisure (e.g., (home) office computer work; face-to-face and online meetings) activities under different living and working environments affect our mental wellbeing and cognitive performance in the digital society we live in today.
We believe that our project has a high potential for profound impact. The plan is to start the project with investigating the impact on individuals’ lifestyles in their living environments on their health, mental wellbeing, and cognition. In a second step, this can easily be expanded to other scenarios, such as the aging population, clinical populations, or employees at the workplace, which provides a profound chance for widespread impact.
Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project
Dr Weifeng Chen - I specialise in technology adoption, business models innovation, digitalisation and social transformation, and statistical modelling. My current research focuses on the impact of disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technology on innovation related to new business models and ecosystem co-creation in global value chains. Additionally, I study contemporary problems in international strategic innovation management and international talents management for new products, services and applications.
I have collaborated on joint research projects (e.g. United Nation, EU, British Council) with various industries, public sector organisations in the UK and internationally. I have also provided consultancy on business model innovation and optimisation. I have published in high impact journals such as Journal of Business Research, Production Planning and Control, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Information Technology for Development and Regional Studies among others. 11 doctoral students have successfully completed their PhD under my direct supervision.
I completed my PhD on Business Management and Innovation Strategy in 2008 and since then I have been working as an academic at Brunel.
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Project last modified 14/04/2023