Repair Design

Repair Design opens up informed, realistic and meaningful public discussion about repair practices, capacities and limitations in an Australian context. This research reframes repair as a design practice, and in doing so openly acknowledges design’s culpability in environmental degradation and waste. Understanding the relationship between repair and design is necessary for the development of stronger policy, for more responsible design practice and for the open sharing of material knowledge and digital information.

By making connections between designers, repairers, manufacturers, consumer advocates and legal experts, we are in the process of uncovering what design needs to become in the context of repair and reuse, such that it can deliver the most meaningful change as part of a patchwork of disciplines and stakeholders.

A UTS Design Studies Project.  #repairdesign

Project CIs: Dr Jesse Adams Stein, Dr Alexandra Crosby
Project AIs: Dr Katherine Scardifield, Dr Tom Lee, Dr Rachael Wakefield-Rann

Much more info on our project site:



Early stage project outputs:

Alexandra Crosby and Jesse Adams Stein, 2020, ‘Repair’, Environmental Humanities: Living Lexicon, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 179-185.

Jesse Adams Stein, ‘Does Australia need the “Right to Repair”?’ Ewaste Watch (republished from Repair Design), 30 September 2019.

Tom Lee, ‘Stop the presses: In praise of pan toasties‘, Sydney Morning Herald – Good Food section, 24 September 2019.

Tom Lee, Jesse Adams Stein, Alexandra Crosby, Clare Cooper & Katherine Scardifield, ‘Design and repair must work together to undo our legacy of waste,’ The Conversation, 12 July 2019.

Tom Lee, ‘A Degree in Repair?‘, Medium, 4 June 2019.