PhD Intensive 2020

Design Ethnography for PhD students is an introduction to the concepts and methods used by the Emerging Technologies Research Lab. Our PhD Intensive has been designed to teach students about theory, methodology, techniques and methods of research, analysis, intervention and forms of research dissemination so they can be used in your very own PhD projects.

Welcome to the 2020 PhD Intensive

On behalf of the whole team, we would like to acknowledge the people of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded land we live and work, and where this material was made. We also pay respect to their Elders, past and present.

Who is this course for?

  • Monash University PhD students studying design, social science, Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI) and beyond

*Please note the 2020 PhD Intensive is only open to a sample group of Monash University PhD students, in 2021 we hope to offer it globally - please express interest with the subject heading PhD Intensive 2021 to

Key learnings

  • Ethical and responsible research approaches in design ethnography
  • How to consider reflexivity in the research process
  • Futures thinking in design ethnography
  • Ethical, collaborative, flexible and open research approaches
  • Digital, visual and sensory techniques in conducting design ethnography
  • How design and ethnography connect through workshopping and prototyping
  • Collaboration with external partners
  • Disseminating research findings for different audiences

Webinar leaders

For the online component of our PhD Intensive, Modules 1-5 will be presented by the following academic leaders.

Sarah Pink Shanti SumartojoMelisa Duque Kari Dahlgren Lisa Grocott Yolande Strengers

Program schedule

The 2020 PhD Intensive is the first program being run by the Emerging Technologies Research Lab and due to COVID-19 will be held completely online. The program is a combination of invitation-only webinars and open-access videos and reading lists.

  • Our videos and reading lists are open-access
  • Webinars are by invitation only and restricted to Monash University PhD students
  • The webinar component of the Modules will run in an intensive block from 12-16 October 2020, 14.00-16.00 daily
  • One Module will be covered each day. The webinars will consist of a short presentation by the teaching team, questions from participants and guided discussion.
  • Modules are accredited contributing to Monash PhD courses FIT6021 and ADD5092