Emerging Technologies Research Lab

Reimagining our future lives with technology.

The team
The Emerging Technologies Research Lab is led by Professor Sarah Pink, with Shanti Sumartojo, Yolande Strengers, Melisa Duque, and Bianca Vallentine.

Within the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, WonderLab is led by Professor Lisa Grocott, with Allison Edwards, Kate McEntee, Dion Tuckwell, Hannah Korsmeyer, Wendy Ellerton, and Ricardo Dutra Goncalves.

Enquiries
We encourage enquires for future research projects and collaborations.

emergingtechlab@monash.edu

Emerging Technologies Research Lab
Building B, Level 6, Room 35
900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield East VIC 3145
Australia

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Launched in 2019, the Emerging Technologies Research Lab sits across the faculties of Information Technology and of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University. It investigates an emerging technological environment where automation, artificial intelligence, data and the questions of ethics, responsibility and user experience and engagement that they bring with them are increasingly central. The Lab’s core themes include energy futures, future mobilities, public space, e-waste, and design for wellbeing.

For more information about the lab and its activities, visit the Emerging Technologies Lab website.

Our research is at the forefront of design-driven, industry-relevant solutions, from the everyday to the complex.

WonderLab designs transformative learning encounters.

We work with the practice of design to shift how people see and act in the world. We collaborate with psychologists, health researchers, architects and education scholars to translate evidence-based research into applied interventions. Our practice-led approach uses ethnographic, participatory and creative methods to design and evaluate perspective-changing encounters.

WonderLab investigates transformative learning through three intersecting themes:

  • Beliefs, Bias and Mental Models
  • Learner Engagement, Mindset and Agency
  • Co-design Methods for Social Learning

Learning how to unlearn is essential in the paradigm-shifting world we live in. Recognising that transformative learning is not simply a cognitive activity, WonderLab threads research from organizational change, queer and indigenous studies, neuroscience and psychology. Using embodied and experiential modalities we prototype and playtest activities that help people surface faulty mental models and question unchallenged beliefs. Convivial tools help us share diverse lived experiences and story-making, games and futuring methods help activate the promise of new ways of being and doing.

At the core of designing for transformation is the holistic decision to design for emotions, for connection, for empowerment. The contexts for the research varies from supporting teachers’ transition into new learning environments to making visible the ways our biases shape our work or giving students a felt experience of how mindsets matter. What the situated projects share are strategies for undertaking the disorienting yet rewarding work of reframing our self-understanding, beliefs and actions into new habits and practices.

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