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Kirsten Hardie – Design Supervisor

Associate Professor and National Teaching Fellow Dr. Kirsten Hardie is interested in receiving applications from PhD students who wish to examine areas relating to packaging design; advertising mascots; graphic design history (and related theory); and studies relating to notions of taste and design including areas such as design history; (flock; kitsch). She is interested in also receiving applications relating to object-based learning in higher education; and graphic design and higher education, education/pedagogy.


Phil Jones – Design Supervisor

Dr. Phil Jones is interested in receiving proposals for the application of theories of cognition to visual art and design, particularly communication design and graphic design; the use of metaphor in multimodal communication; visual language and schematics.


Susan Lambert – Design Supervisor

Professor Susan Lambert is interested in receiving applications from PhD students who wish to examine questions relating to the curation of plastics, how plastics have influenced design and the impact of design in plastics on what it means to be human. The research can include traditional systematic inquiry through to practice-based, where the creative artefact is the basis of the contribution to knowledge, and practice-led, where the research primarily leads to new understandings about practice.


Christian Mclening – Design Supervisor

Dr. Christian Mclening is interested in receiving applications from PhD students who wish to explore product design; design methods and processes; design and materials including sustainability, and innovation; and approaches to design education.


Emma Shercliff – Textiles Supervisor

Dr. Emma Shercliff is interested in receiving applications for PhD projects in textile craft and design practices, particularly stitched textiles; collective and social making practices; gender and power dynamics in/of craft practices; relationships between literary metaphor and creative textile practices; relationships between implicit and explicit forms of knowledge and the meanings of hand-making within post-industrial digital cultures; the learning and transmission of hand skills; creative methodologies.


Rachel Worth – Fashion Supervisor

Professor Rachel Worth would like to hear from prospective PhD students who wish to examine an aspect of the history of dress and textiles from the eighteenth century to the present, in particular, the history of non-elite and working-class dress; fashion retailing; the representation of dress in visual and literary sources as a way of understanding both past and present societies; sustainability and the history of fashion.