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.
My forthcoming book, Industrial Craft in Australia (Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Oral History) is due out December 2021. I am also the author of Hot Metal: Material Culture & Tangible Labour (Manchester University Press, 2016), which examines technological change and workplace upheaval in the Australian printing industry between the 1960s and the 1980s. 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.
I am founder and co-Chief Investigator of Repair Design, a UTS Design Studies project.
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