Teaching & Supervision

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Research Supervision

I am available for Primary Supervision for Masters by Research (Design) and Co-Supervision for PhD (Design) candidates (Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, UTS).

My supervision strengths are best catered to candidates in the fields of design history, design studies, sustainable design & repair, craft studies, print culture, labour history, gender-labour relations and the history of technology. I have experience supporting students in research that moves somewhat beyond design as a discipline – including but not limited to: oral history,  sociology, human geography and labour history. To undertake a PhD in Design, see the UTS Handbook.

Candidates would be networked with the UTS Australian Centre for Public History. I can provide experience and support for research projects involving interviews, archival research, object analysis and visual analysis. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your research proposal.

I teach in the Design Studies program within the UTS School of Design. I have taught design and art subjects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, UNSW and the University of Canberra.

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Current PhD Supervision

(Co-supervisor), Geoff Isaac, “Design for the environmental emergency: Plastic chairs as a case study for the transition to low-carbon product design” (w/ Primary Sup: P McNeil/ Co-Sup: S Lie) (under examination).

(Co-supervisor), <student name withheld>, “Beyond the end of product use life: Design-led product endurance within Australian businesses” (w/ Primary Sup A. Mellick Lopes, Co-Sup S. Lie), commenced 2022.

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Key teaching areas

  • Industrial craft & maker cultures (past and present)
  • History & theory of technology
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Gender, design and technology
  • The past and future of work
  • Printing history and the history of visual communication design
  • Research methods & interviewing

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