XYX Lab – Monash Space Gender Communication Lab

XYX Lab is a team of experienced design researchers exploring gender-sensitive design practices and theory. Our work operates at the intersection of gender, identity, urban space and advocacy. Through our research, we bring together planners, policy makers, local government and stakeholders to make tangible the experiences of underrepresented communities in urban space and planning.

XYX Lab is grounded in feminist and queer theory and activated through real-world projects. Equal parts qualitative and quantitative research, we regularly work to collect and analyse data and experiences in order to generate deeper understanding and support our design projects. Our approach is inclusive of all gender and sexual identities. Building equity into urban life requires long-term vision and a strategic - often radical - approach to the design process. We do not seek quick-fix design solutions, but rather seek to offer insights and create moments that contribute towards a larger movement for change.

XYX is led by Founding Director Dr Nicole Kalms and Co-Director Dr Gene Bawden – with the combined strengths of core members Dr Jess Berry, Dr Gill Matthewson, Dr Pamela Salen, Allison Edwards and Hannah Korsmeyer.

Current projects