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The Co-Well project

Hello from a distance!


Welcome. This is a site from the Co-Well project that aims to explore and share new ways of doing research, being connected, creative, participatory and happy in the new ‘distant’ society.

Co-Well project examples on a laptop screen

With the Corona pandemic, physical, social and mental well-being are under pressure. Digital solutions, such as accessible maker tools, tangible interfaces, Internet of Things and smart sensing, can help to support and bridge distances. However, vulnerable groups in particular run the risk of being digitally excluded. Moreover, face-to-face research and co-creation is now difficult in the new distant society that is brought on by the Corona pandemic.

We propose to explore new co-creative methods that are needed for enabling responsible, tangible insights and grasp on what is happening now. This in relation to happy and healthy living during the pandemic itself and in the broader creative picture of our current long-term distant digital society. By collectively creating, studying and sharing new insights and best practices, the idea is to better adapt to this situation and reinvent appropriate digital, physical and creative solutions and strategies for remote research and design in a smart, participatory and responsible 1.5-meter society.

Research team

The research is led by Dr Marije Kanis, Digital Life Centre, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

  • Dr Niek van Ulzen (Data steward)
  • Dominique van Ratingen (Program manager Centre of Expertise Creative industries)

Learning communities:

  • Urban Interaction Design (Marjolein Ruijg)
  • Critical making & Research through Design (Loes Bogers)


  • Entreprise Web Application
  • Minor Zorgtechnologie



This project is funded through ACIN (Amsterdam Creative Industries Network) 2020.