Dr Alex Baumber
Alex has a variety of research interests around environmental and sustainability issues, including rural land use transitions, renewable energy policy, socio-ecological resilience and systems thinking. Recent project topics include regenerative agriculture, carbon farming, landholder collaboration and the social licence to operate of emerging technologies. Explore Dr Baumber’ academic profile
Associate Professor Martin Bliemel
Martin’s research interests include entrepreneurial networks, accelerators, education, research commercialization, and entrepreneurial ecosystems. He has been bringing these interests together under the umbrella concept of the entrepreneurial university. His work on accelerators played a key role in the design of the $23m Incubator Support Programme by the Department of Industry.
There are three areas Martin is seeking to supervise a Masters and/or PhD student. Each of these is an opportunity to work with the Associate Dean Research and draw on their network of collaborators.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems: What systems are there that support entrepreneurial activities and outcomes, and what feedback loops are there in that system? This research takes a qualitative behavioural approach to generate an aggregated view of how the ecosystem works. It extends beyond research on clusters/precints (geographic co-location), networks (social structures) and innovation systems (which emphasise the innovation; here the emphasis is on the person, their actions and outcomes). Prior related research examples: 2016 report for DIIS, 2018 Chapter (1), 2018 Chapter (2), 2018 article in E&RD, and 2019 UIIN magazine article.
Entrepreneurial capability development: This research builds on our counterfactual study in 2017 about whether accelerators build or erode entrepreneurial capabilities. Entrepreneurial capabilities can be made accessible to anyone (2018 LinkedIn), and include quite generalised capabilities such as creativity, identifying opportunities, mobilising resources, and mobilising others. Along with for-credit programs on campus (E+T 2019) we have developed free online resources (2019 ATN project). However, there remains a huge challenge in developing a scalable approach to accurately measuring the development of entrepreneurial capabilities and confidence therein. Our pilot studies showed how quickly confidence (self-efficacy) levels change and how inaccurate current capability measures are. There must be better methods!
What is transdisciplinary research?: What transdisciplinary research is remains poorly understood. In 2018, we published an open access Special Issue on Transdisciplinary Innovation that got us a step closer to a shared understanding. This project starts with a systematic bibliometric analysis of transdisciplinary research. Using this analysis, we aim to identify the leading definitions and researchers in this space, and to include their interpretation of preliminary results. This may lead to a typology of TD research, a research agenda setting paper and/or the development of new TD research methodologies.
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Associate Professor Bert Bongers
Bert supervises projects on all design aspects of the interaction between people and technology. He has designed and created interfaces, from the intimate scale of musical instruments to the architectural scale of interactive and live video projections. Bert studies the interaction between people and technology from a diverse practice of making, and a broad theoretical grounding from a range of scientific disciplines such as psychology, physiology, computing, semiotics, anthropology, paleontology, and neurology, presented in his forthcoming book Understanding Interaction. Explore Associate Professor Bongers’ academic profile
Dr Paul Brown
Paul’s research interests include Production Economics, Contracting Theory, Corporate Governance, Sustainability Accounting and Reporting, Management Practices and their impact on firm performance. Explore Dr Brown’s academic profile
Dr Simon Knight
We're facing an epistemological crisis. Misinformation and challenges in disagreeing well abound. Dr Knight's research considers how we build evidence literacy, to support sustainable decision making and participation in society. Using innovative technologies and approaches from the learning sciences (particularly epistemic cognition) Dr Knight's research has investigated how people find, talk about, and use evidence, and particularly how educators use data and learning analytics in their practice. Explore Dr Knight’s academic profile
Associate Professor Bem Le Hunte
Associate Professor Bem Le Hunte is an international novelist, published to critical acclaim, and an expert in the field of Creative Intelligence and educational innovation. As well as creative writing and creativity across disciplines, her research interests span everything from transformation in society to transformation in education, industries and the individual. With a focus on transformative research that strives for human unity, her research also covers resilience, utopias and other forms of the creative, conscious collective. (Often seamlessly linked with her practice in creative writing and research into creativity across disciplines.) Explore Associate Professor Le Hunt’s academic profile
Professor Louise McWhinnie
Louise Is the Dean of the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation. Her research (and supervision) examines learning and creative transformation, the future of work, human and technological transformation and the consequences of emerging technology (ethics), transdisciplinarity and its establishment within a university setting, the role of the studio in education, cultural and linguistic diversity in higher education, international education, design education, design, visual communication, the role of typography, the role of 20th century vernacular typography, the formation of America’s roadside culture (urban and sub-urban economic, cultural and commercial development). Explore Professor McWhinnie’s academic profile
Dr Jacqueline Melvold
Jacqueline’s background is in biomedical science and she completed her PhD at UTS in emerging infectious disease in 2017, where she investigated proteogenomic approaches that could assist in the identification of emerging human pathogens and the mechanisms by which they cause disease. Jacqueline researches in the following areas: Proteogenomic approaches to infectious disease, Antibiotic resistance, Transdisciplinary education, Student transition to university, Innovative education, Primary and secondary staff professional development in transdisciplinary education. Explore Dr Melvold’s academic profile
Dr Susanne Pratt
As a transdisciplinary researcher, educator, artist and techno-scientific muser Dr Susanne Pratt explores how creative practice can foster social and environmental responsibility, with an emphasis on futures-oriented research to improve collective flourishing and responsible innovation. Susanne has both teaching and practical experience in art, digital storytelling, futures studies, innovative social research methods, public engagement, environmental humanities, feminist politics of care, transdisciplinary pedagogy and science & technology studies (STS). Explore Dr Pratt’s academic profile
Associate Professor Eng Hwa Yap
Eng Hwa’s research at the university focuses on curated multidisciplinary and mixed approaches of enquiry to understand and respond to complex problems surrounding technology, environmental sustainability, and future energy systems. In his research, he uses methods centring on systems thinking to investigate emerging and contemporary issues in technologies and their interaction with society, the environment, economics, and policy. Explore Associate Professor Eng Hwa Yap’s academic profile
Professor Kees Dorst
Kees is passionate about designing and understanding the workings of design. His research focuses on creating new understandings in the area between design, philosophy and the business sciences. Currently, he is writing a book about the application of design practices beyond the confines of the traditional design disciplines. His specific research interests include Academic Design, Design Expertise and CoDesign. Explore Professor Dorst’s academic profile
Associate Professor Tony Huang
Tony is a data visualisation researcher with expertise in visual analytics and human-computer interaction. He designs visualisations, user interfaces and interaction methods to combine data values with human intelligence for effective data exploration, communication and decision making. Explore Associate Professor Huang’s academic profile
Dr Shibani Antonette
With a background in computer science engineering, Shibani works on applied areas of technology and data science (with a focus on text analytics). In her doctoral research in Learning Analytics, she worked on automated writing feedback and its application in higher educational classrooms. Her expertise is in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in education and educational data science. Her research interests include natural language processing, applied AI, and data for social good. Explore Dr Antonette's academic profile
Dr Nicole Vincent
The concept of responsibility occupies centre stage in Dr Vincent's scholarly pursuits, and socially responsible innovation and value-sensitive design are key features of her approach to a wide range of topics in a diverse range of fields including neuroethics, neurolaw, philosophy and ethics of emerging technologies, political philosophy, public policy, jurisprudence and philosophy of law, bioethics, media, feminism, gender, and happiness.
Her earlier work focused predominantly on the fields of neuroethics, neurolaw, ethics, philosophy of tort and criminal law, and political philosophy. For example, she wrote and delivered talks on such topics as the different meanings of the term "responsibility", the compatibility of responsibility and determinism, medical interventions to make criminal offenders competent for execution, how neuroscience and behavioural genetics fit into criminal responsibility adjudication procedures, tort liability for failure to use cognitive enhancement medications, whether people who live unhealthy lifestyles should have de-prioritised access to public health care resources and to organ transplants, and whether neuroscience can help us lead happier lives.
Her more recent work addresses topics in the philosophy of technology, ethics of emerging technologies, feminism, gender studies, and bioethics. For example, she has written and delivered talks about conscientious objection, transgender-related public policy, depictions of transhumanism and posthumanism in film, gendered cyberhate and cybercrime, and design and regulation of emerging technologies — in particular, gene editing, blockchain, and autonomous vehicles. Explore Dr Vincent's academic profile