Shared Knowledge & Practice
Repair Design opens up informed, realistic and meaningful public discourse 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 aim to uncover 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, commenced April 2019.

This project has emerged in collaboration with our initial industry partner, The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre, Sydney. Set-up funding has been provided by the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building. 

Project CIs: Dr Jesse Adams Stein, Dr Alexandra Crosby
Project AIs: Dr Katherine Scardifield, Clare Cooper, Dr Tom Lee
Advisors: Prof Cameron Tonkinwise, Assoc Prof Jason de Santolo, Stefan Lie, Rachael Wakefield-Rann
Visual Design: Alexandra Chalmers Braithwaite


More info on our project site:

Early stage project outputs & outcomes:

Stein, JA, ‘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.


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