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Associate Professor Kurt Seemann

Founding Centre Director of CDI; CDI Program Director, Achitecture and Habitat Design
PhD, UNSW, Australia; BSc/Dip.Ed (Hons), UNSW, Australia


Professor Kurt Seemann is the Founding Director at Swinburne’s Centre for Design Innovation Research ( He is a specialist in the relationship between people, technology and the environment as a complex, mutually influencing and adaptive system.

Professor Seemann’s research operates at two levels: the human scale of holistic technological education including processes of design and innovation, and the larger societal scale of Ekistic systems driving and defining the sustainability of human settlements. He has developed particular expertise in cross-cultural and indigenous technology transfer, design and development research.

Professor Seeman’s work in Technacy Genre Theory was foundational to his success in national competitive ARC and CRC research programs as well as his appointments as Thinker with the Design and Technology Teachers Association of Victoria. He is a member of the World Society for Ekistics whose charter restricts membership to 400 worldwide, and DATTA Victoria.

Research interests

philosophy of technology; design and technology education; technology transfer; aboriginal technology and edcuation policy

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Re-Conceptualising Policy and Service Design to Facilitate Indigenous Participation in the Global Green Economy: This thesis investigates how to design an effective policy and service delivery programme to facilitate the participation of Indigenous residents in peri-urban Perth in the emerging green economy.Australian Research Council (ARC) funded-project called Indigenous Participation in a Low-Carbon Economy.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Comparative And Cross-cultural Education - 130302
  • Regional Analysis And Development - 120505
  • Design Practice And Management - 120300

Teaching areas

Technology Education;Innovation in Education;Cross-cultural Education;Aboriginal Education;Community Development Education


  • 1998, Other, ACM: Australian Competent Manager Accrediation, AIM: Australian Institute of Management


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

  • 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

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