My research focuses on socially and environmentally responsible design and designer’s agency within organisations and in different collaborative contexts. I am particularly interested in how design can contribute to marine conservation and conservation technologies. I have experience in working with the ocean above and underwater, as I am also a certified SCUBA diving instructor. In addition to my academic work I have experience as a design research consultant for companies.
I am currently Lecturer and Industry Fellow at RMIT University (AU). I have held faculty positions at Aalto University (FI), IADE University (PT) and at the Why Factory future cities research group at Delft University of Technology (NL).
I earned my PhD as a Marie Curie Fellow within a network of European Universities at the University of Aveiro in Portugal and I have a Master’s degree from Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
My exhibitions include ‘Urchin Corals’ at the National Gallery of Victoria (2020),
‘The Critical Tide’ at Helsinki Design Museum (2019), ‘Arctic Imports’/‘New Urban Luxuries’ at Droog 20+ at Salone del Mobile in Milan (2013), ‘Foodprint Manhattan’ at Pioneers of Change in New York (2009), ‘City Pig’ and ‘Foodprint the Hague’ at Stroom the Hague (2009). I have co-authored publications under the titles: Green Dream (2010) and Visionary Cities (2010).
Photograph: Tom Park