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Associate Professor Kurt Seemann

PhD, UNSW, Australia; BSc/Dip.Ed (Hons), UNSW, Australia


Expert and extensive leadership in creative, multi-discipline research sector. Chief Investigator winning over $5.8 Mill across all Cat 1, 2, 3 & 4 grants:

1) Stream Leader: Citizen Capabilities Education and Habitat Futures - Smart Cities Research Institute 2019+
-- 2017-2020+ Chair Swinburne University Ethics Sub Committee; Acting Chair Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee; Acting Dean, School of Design,
-- 2016-2017 Acting Faculty Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, Faculty of Health Arts and Design (Swinburne)
-- 2014-2016 School Director of Research, School Director for Higher Degree Research and Training (Design Education interest) Swinburne
2) Founding Centre Director, Centre for Design Innovation, 2013-2018 - CDI Program leader for Creative Education in Regional Development
3) National Core Program Leader: DKCRC 2003-2010 for Sustainable Desert Settlements: regional education specialist
-- 2010. Acting Head of Campus - Coffs Harbour Education Campus SCU
-- National Expert Advisor to COAG 2010-2011 on Regional Development and education
-- National Expert in Development for Regional education needs for Initial phase of the Australian Curriculum - Technologies
-- Chaired National Technology Education Strategic Vision Committee, Quality Schools Branch Fed Gov. 2003
4) Founding Degree Director/Convenor: BTeched/BTeched Honours at SCU - 1999-2009
5) Exec Manager, Education and Research: Alice Springs College of TAFE: Creative Design and Technology Education in remote and regional Aboriginal Communities, NT. 1986-1997

1) Creative and Applied Design and Technology Education that engages rural and remote communities
2) Nexus between Creative Practice and Design Innovation Education
3) Expert in cross-cultural and indigenous creative innovation capability development education.

Kurt is a member of the World Society for Ekistics whose charter restricts membership to 400 worldwide, while also a board member for DATTA Victoria. He has won numerous nominations, awards and extensive peer recognition.

Research interests

Technacy; Technology Education and curriculum; Rural and Remote Communities; Research mentorship and leadership development; Ekistics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Citizen Capabilities and Habitat Futures: How humans are entangled in the world they make; from products to human settllements, the smart citizen is a new field of interest.

Ekistics Research: The methods and theory behind the problems and science of human settlement systems

How children develop their design led innovation/STEM capabilities K-12: I have a background in K-12 edcuation research related to abstraction and spatial inferential reasoning (Technolgical comprenhion) for K-12 education.

Regional and rural education research: I am keen to support a PhD applicants interested in regional  and rural education, especially if also linked to innovation capability development

Technacy Genre Thoery: Teahcing and learning of technologies education K-12 and Initial teacher education.Cognitive, motor and affective developmental learning in Design Technologies.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Ekistics Research: The methods and theory behind the problems and science of human settlement systems

Technacy Education: Applying Technacy Education Thoery into K-12 classroom practice.  Technolgies education for technolgical comprehension.

Technology transfer: Understanding technology transfer and cultures

Fields of Research

  • Comparative And Cross-cultural Education - 130302
  • Regional Analysis And Development - 120505

Teaching areas

Education;Culture and Technologies;Ekistics;Innovation education;Strategic Design Research;Design Anthropology


  • 2011, National, State Thinker: Thinker on-hand/Thinker online, Design and Technology Teachers Association of Victoria
  • 2010, National, State Thinker: Thinker on-hand/Thinker online, Design and Technology Teachers Association of Victoria
  • 1998, Other, ACM: Australian Competent Manager Accrediation, AIM: Australian Institute of Management

Professional memberships

  • 2014 - 2018: Chair, Centre for Design Innovation, Australia
  • 2017 - 2018: Chair, SUHREC (Acting), Australia
  • 2017 - 2018: Board Member, Academic Senate (Swinburne University), Australia
  • 2017 - 2027: Editor, Ekistics and the new habitat: the problems and science of human settlements, International
  • 2014 - 2021: Chair, SHESC Ethics Chair, Australia
  • 2019 - 2020: Committee Member, Stream Leader: Smart Cities Research Institute, Australia
  • 2010 - 2013: Board Member, Jagun Aboriginal Ages Care Services Pty Ltd (Coffs Habour City Council Appointment) , Australia
  • 2017 - 2020: Committee Member, Australian Council for International Development: Research Development Impact (peer elected), Australia
  • 2017 - 2018: Board Member, Australian Living Lab Innovation Network (ALLIN), Australia
  • 2014 - 2020: Board Member, Design and Technology Teachers Association of Australia, Australia
  • 2018 - 2020: Committee Member, Bachelor of Fashion Design Course Advisory Committee - Holmesglen, Select Country/Region
  • 2010 - 2011: Expert Witness, Council of Australian Governments (COAG), Australia
  • 2009 - 2012: Honorary Member, Design and Technology Teachers Association of Victoria, Australia
  • 2012 (current): Life Member, Design and Technology Teachers Association of Victoria, Australia
  • 2014 - 2020: Senior Member, Design and Technology teachers Association of Australia, Australia

Further information

  • Academia


Also published as: Seemann, Kurt; Seemann, K.; Seemann, Kurt W.; Seemann, Kurt Walter
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Victorian Teachers use of an Integrated Digital Resources: Stage One - Strategic Thinking & Co-Design *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2017: Early prototyping of automotive mobility apps and services around health, wellbeing, safety forhuman-computer interactions with autonomous cars *; Gerenwa GmbH
  • 2017: Telescope Stage 2: Parasite Image Recognition, Filter enhancement, Visualisation of Design *; All Farm Animal Health Trust FS
  • 2017: Visualising Community Experiences: Boroondara Customer Journey Mapping Co-design Research Project *; Boroondara City Council
  • 2016: Shaping Change Stage *; Besen Foundation
  • 2016: Telescope: service and industrial design stage *; GRETALS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
  • 2016: Waste Management and Wellbeing in Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities *; Waste Aid
  • 2015: The Dusted Community (Phase 2) *; Slater and Gordon Asbestos Research Fund
  • 2013: Indigenous Participation in a Low-Carbon Economy *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2012: Modelling the benefits of Swarm Planning: a dynamic way of planning for future adaptation to climate change impacts *; Rubicon Research Grant

* Chief Investigator