Professor of design Lisa Grocott joins the ETLab

We are pleased to announce that Professor of Design, Lisa Grocott will be joining the ETLab as Leader of the Future of Work and Learning research programLisa will bring with her, WonderLab, as a learning community within the ETLab, and the home for PhD candidates and executive education

Professor Lisa Grocott

Lisa is a Professor of Design at Monash University. Before joining Monash Lisa spent 12 years at Parsons School of Design in New York where she was Dean of Academic Initiatives and core faculty in the Masters of Transdisciplinary Design. Lisa’s research leverages co-design as a transformative practice that can shift how people learn and work. Her interdisciplinary collaborations with cognitive psychologists, education researchers, play specialists and behaviorists has been awarded more than $2.5 million in federal funding and industry research collaborations.

Upon arriving at Monash in 2016 Lisa founded WonderLab, a community dedicated to researching, piloting and modeling transformative learning. Translating evidence-based research into applied interventions, the ethos of WonderLab draws on creative, relational and integrative practices to drive change that holds over time. Lisa will continue to direct WonderLab, as a learning community within the ETLab, and the home for PhD candidates and executive education. Lisa will also lead ETLab’s new Future of Work and Learning research program. The ethos of the WonderLab learning community and the research program underpins our shared commitment to researching and learning as we imagine anew the human capabilities required to thrive in a world of increasing automation and continuous learning.

“I feel so privileged and excited that Lisa is joining ETLab. Lisa’s amazing international expertise in Design and Learning, her exceptional skills as a strategic and clear thinker and her generosity in discussion and support for colleagues combine perfectly with our approach” Sarah Pink, Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab

Collaborating with educators, learners, workers and leaders, the Future of Work and Learning will explore how the hard work of rethinking out-of-date mental models, shifting learning mindsets and envisaging never-before-seen workplaces can underwrite our transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Grounding these imaginaries in the design of social environments that are playful, welcoming, mindful and adaptive places for learning and working will pragmatically illustrate ways in which innovation, wellbeing, equity and purpose come together to complement technological drivers of change.

Lisa’s recent projects like her work as a CI on the Australian Research Council funded project Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change, together with ETLab’s research on the implications of the automation and robotization of work and digital social work provide a powerful launching pad for this new research program.