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Dr Gavin Melles

Senior Lecturer
MSc Sustainable Development, SOAS London Universty, United Kingdom; Ed.D, Deakin University, Australia; M. Linguistics (Research), University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica; B.Arts, Auckland University, New Zealand


Research interests

Sociological Methodology and Research Methods; Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Thinking and Complexity; Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Research Education; Public Good Design

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Design Innovation - 120302
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy Theory And Development - 130202
  • Journalism And Professional Writing - 190300


  • 2016, National, Visiting Teaching & Researcher Fellowship PhD Program in Design & Creativity, Universidad de Caldas, Colombia
  • 2016, International, Institue for Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH) Nominated Fellowship, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh University
  • 2016, International, Chingari Small Grant Scheme ($2500) - Accounting for social impact in Indian social enterprise – a comparative case study of social accounting and audit in India, Australia-India Institue
  • 2014, Swinburne, Researcher Development Grant Scheme ($3000) , Swinburne University
  • 2014, National, Asia Bound Mobility Grant ($21,500), Australian Government
  • 2013, National, DSDBI Future Designers Grant ($12,000), Victoria Government
  • 2012, International, Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (STINT) Research Collaboration Initiation Grant ($22,000), Swedish Government
  • 2012, International, HCI Center, RWTH Aachen. Exploratory Research Space (ERS) Seed Fund Grant. Visiting Researcher (3955 Euros), RTWH Aachen
  • 2011, International, Schweizer National Fonds Project # 136303. Forschung als Design. Eine kritische Analyse eines Ansatzes der Designforschung (Research as Design. Critical analysis of a design research approach Visiting Professor. FHNW Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz ($10,04, Swiss National Research Fund
  • 2010, International, DAAD) Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists Program. A/09/11786 Referat 424. Amount EUR 4,428 ($AU 6,640) . Examining Design Research and Education in Germany, DAAD (German Government)
  • 2009, International, ICI-ECP Joint Mobility Project. Design Education Partnership and Knowledge Transfer. $935,000 (Swinburne University (Australia Lead), UTS Sydney, Griffith University, Politecnico di Milano, Ecole de Design-Nantes, Denmark Business School, (EU Lead - TAIK-, EU


Also published as: Melles, Gavin; Melles, G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2014: Increasing knowledge and motiviating collaborative action on Low Carbon Living through team-based and game-based mobile learning *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2014: Integrated Human-Centred Design approachin developing the modular EV Bus driveline system for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2020(Student Agreement Postgrad for Jung-Ok (Jo) Kuys) *; AutoCRC
  • 2014: Media and communication strategies to achieve carbon reduction through renovation of Australia's existing housing *; CRC Low Carbon Living
  • 2013: Air Tight Buildings for Low Carbon Living *; Department of State Development Business and Innovation - Voucher Program

* Chief Investigator

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