I am a design researcher and oral historian specialising in the relationship between technology, work and material culture. I am a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow (Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award), within the UTS School of Design (Design Studies unit), University of Technology Sydney. My research shifts between historical and contemporary contexts and focuses on the quieter and less fashionable sides of design: industrial craft, manufacturing, repair, skill loss and labour experiences, in the face of economic and technological change.
I am the author of Industrial Craft in Australia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), and Hot Metal: Material Culture & Tangible Labour (Manchester University Press, 2016). In 2017 I initiated the Reshaping Australian Manufacturing Oral History Project in partnership with the National Library of Australia. I am currently running the oral history project, Makers, Manufacturers & Designers with the National Library of Australia, as part of my ARC DECRA project.
I am founder and co-Chief Investigator of Repair Design, a UTS Design Studies project, and a regular commentator on the ‘right to repair’ in Australia.
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