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Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek

Academic Director (External Engagement) and Senior Lecturer (Communication Design)
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney, Australia


Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek is a design researcher, digital media artist and lecturer in communication design and photomedia, whose current research explore how situated art practices informed by participatory design processes can transform the experience of place in remote Indigenous communities. Samantha holds a BA (Hons) in Aboriginal Prehistory and a PhD in Media and Communication Studies. As an Early Career Researcher, Samantha's interests are focused on community engagement and design activism, place-making and transformative action research, graffiti and indigenous studies. She is concerned with the role, value and social impact of place-based design initiatives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community development in remote, regional and urban settings.  As a graphic designer and exhibiting photo-artist, Samantha has an awarded studio and teaching practice.

Research interests

Street Art and Graffiti; Documentary Photography; visual communication; place-making; social design; digital mapping; public art; indigenous studies; participatory design; inclusive design

Fields of Research

  • Design Practice And Management - 120300
  • Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy - 130201
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Education - 130301