XYX Lab – Monash Space Gender Communication Lab

XYX Lab is led by Founding Director Associate Professor Nicole Kalms and Co-Director Associate Professor Gene Bawden.

Research team
Dr Jess Berry, Dr Gill Matthewson, and Isabella Webb.

PhD candidates
Allison Edwards, Hannah Korsmeyer, Zoe Condliffe, Tegan Larin, Enira Arvanda and Samantha Donnelly.

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.

Candidates undertaking Monash University’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are challenged to apply new thinking to interpret – and solve – complex questions. Within the XYX Lab, investigations are currently underway on a range of issues in feminist and queer theory.

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