Design for Change

Design for Change

  • 14–15 July 2022
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    For the Queensland QUT events on 11 and 12 July, please register via their eventbrite

  • Monash Art, Design and Architecture
    Building G
    900 Dandenong Road
    Caulfield, 314

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Our world is rapidly changing and in need of a design-led response: from the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing challenge of climate change, healthcare systems under pressure, changing workforce patterns and the impact of technology, design research offers a critical frame and toolkit for engagement and positive change.

Join us for a week in July to discuss the power of innovative design-led research, philosophies, techniques, and methodologies in reframing and solving ‘wicked’ societal problems. From the circular economy to the future of communities, healthcare and advanced robotics in manufacturing, our ‘Design for Change: Designing the world we want’ conference celebrates the transformative power of design-led research.

Held across two locations – in Brisbane at QUT (11-12 July; QUT Kelvin Grove Campus + Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub) and in Melbourne at Monash (14-15 July), our diverse and interactive in-person program includes workshops, curated panel discussions, expert presentations, industry site visits and exhibitions, offering opportunities for learning, connecting and simply being inspired. A special focus will be celebrating design research innovation, through higher degree research and industry showcase events.


Thursday 14 July

This day is devoted to Higher degrees by research and ideal for current design research candidates wanting to reconnect and build community; or those who are keen to pursue a higher degree in design.

10.00am Welcome to Country
10.30am Keynote 1: Dr Jane Connory
Jane is an alumnus of Monash  and award winning designer and researcher at Swinburne University
11.30amNew design research in progress/ lightning talks. Hear from current PhD candidates: Enira Arvanda, Julian O'Shea, Carolina Rabello, Myf Doughty and Ilianna Ginnis
12.30pmKeynote 2: Dr Tegan Larin
Tegan recently completed her PhD, supervised by XYX Lab Director Dr Nicole Kalms. She will discuss the methodologies that underpin her research: Behind the masquerade: massage parlours and the unregulated  sex industry in Melbourne.
1.30pmGuided tour of MUMA exhibition: Collective Movements.
Collective Movements is a project focusing on the work of historic and contemporary First Nations creative practitioners and community groups that recognises collectivity as integral to Indigenous knowledges and ways of being.
2.15pmPutting your PhD to work
Where does your PhD take you in the world of work? Hear from 3 recent graduates: Dr Troy McGee (Postdoctoral researcher with Design Health Collab), Dr Alli Edwards (Senior Associate, Centre for Public Impact), and Dr Luke Valenza (Service Designer, Bunnings)
3.30pmDesign for Transformative Learning:
Workshop with Professor Lisa Grocott, Emerging Technologies Research Lab
5.00pmDrinks and Book Launch
“Design for Transformative Learning: A Practical Approach to Memory-Making and Perspective-Shifting” by Lisa Grocott

Friday 15 July

This day focuses on the research undertaken within the Research Labs of Monash Design, The day demonstrates the breadth of design's influence through research  and the unique modes of dissemination we make possible.

10.00amAcknowledgement of Country
10.05amMobility Design Lab Hosted by Dr Robbie Napper, this session explores the future of transport, and the launch of their new interdisciplinary Transport Living Lab. 
10.45amDr Nyein Aung / The Micro X scanner project
Together with Micro-X, a leader in ultra-lightweight, mobile x-ray imaging systems, Design Health Collab is creating a miniaturised stroke scanner designed to fit in standard road or airborne ambulances.
11.45amXYX Lab: Gender and Data Workshop
This interactive workshop led by XYX Lab Co-director Gene Bawden, builds on the ongoing research of the lab to better understand how design might mitigate gender-based (un)safety in cities.
1.45pmDesign Health Collab: The future of Health/The Future Hospital initiative. Hosted by Professor Daphne Flynn, Director of DHCL, and in conversation with one of the labs adjuncts, Professor Diana Egerton-Warburton
2.30pmEmerging Technologies Research Lab
‘Smart Homes for Seniors’ Documentary Directed by Professor Sarah Pink this award winning documentary shares the joys, frustrations and wisdom of Australian seniors as they learned to live with digital voice assistants, smart lights and robotic vacuum cleaners during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic
3.30pmChuan Khoo — Transformative Technology
4.00pmDr Xavier Ho — Queer Indie Games
4.30pmLisa Scharoun and Gene Bawden
Wrap up of the week and the Launch of the Monash/QUT Design Researcher in Residence initiative
5.00pmConcluding drinks

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