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Dr Gianni Renda

Deputy Director, ARC Training Centre in BiodevicesCourse Coordinator, Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)Lecturer, Industrial D
Doctor of Philosophy, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)(Honours), Swinburne University of Technology, Australia


Dr Gianni Renda is the Course Coordinator and lecturer in the Bachelor of Industrial Design and is Deputy Director of the Swinburne BioReactor, an ARC Training centre focused on developing new products and technologies for the health sector. His PhD investigated the effect of styling and aesthetics of assistive cutlery on the perception of a user, and the subsequent uptake of these ergonomic aids. Gianni has worked as a graphic designer, retoucher, printer, exhibition and set designer. His current research focus is investigating ways that design can empower the user in the field of health, disability and ageing. Other interests include food design, advanced manufacturing, Italian design history and automotive design.

Research interests

Allied Health Design; Product Diversity, and Productivity Design: Product Innovation; Product Innovation Design; Strategic & Transformative Design: Health; Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Research Education; Strategic & Transformative Design: Culture; Ergonomics and Aesthetics Design: Anthropometrics and wearability; 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 Practice And Management - 120300


  • 2015, Swinburne, Dean's Award, Emerging Researcher (FHAD, School of Design), Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice-Chancellor's Engagement Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2010, National, Honorable Mention, Graduate of The Year (Vic/Tas), Design Institute of Australia
  • 2010, International, Honorable Mention, Cumulus 20th Anniversary Awards, Cumulus Association


Also published as: Renda, Gianni; Renda, G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2014: New product development for BodyICE *; BodyICE Pty Ltd

* Chief Investigator