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Associate Professor Carolyn Barnes

Acting Chair, Department of Communication Design and Digital Media Design, Academic Director Research Training, School of Design
Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Melbourne, Australia; Master of Arts (Honours), The University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Melbourne, Australia; Bachelor of Education, Melbourne State College, Australia

Biography

Associate Professor Carolyn Barnes (PhD Melb 2004) is Deputy Chair of the Department of Communication Design and Digital Media Design and Academic Director of Research Training in the School of Design, where she teaches research methods for academic and practice applications at Honours and Masters level. Her research investigates how to harness the knowledge and power bound up in individuals and groups to address their primary needs and interests. Using social research approaches, Carolyn works in two main areas. The first is participatory design, examining how co-creation methods can mobilise stakeholder knowledge to achieve the best outcomes for people. The second is research into practitioner networks, which investigates the transfer of knowledge and skills within networks of designers and artists. Her art writing focuses on artist-initiated activity, artist’s networks and the legacy of modernism in Australian non-objective and concrete art post 1980. Craftsman House published her monograph on the Hong Kong-Australian artist John Young in 2005. Carolyn is an associate editor of the International Journal of Design and a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Visual Arts Practice.

Research interests

Design History, Philosophy, and Theory; Public Good Design; Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Thinking and Complexity; Recent Australian Art History

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
  • Art Theory And Criticism - 190100

Teaching areas

Design History, Philosophy, and Theory;Public Good Design;Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Research Education;Strategic & Transformative Design: Health

Awards

  • 2016, National, 2016 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Australian Government Department of Education and Training

Professional memberships

  • 2013 (current): Member, The Art Association of Australia and New Zealand., Australia

Publications

Also published as: Barnes, Carolyn; Barnes, C.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Co-designing social enterprise legal models in Australia: a user-centered approach *; Centre for Social Impact Swinburne - Internal contributions
  • 2016: Developing effective co-design approaches for communicating pelvic floor health *; Continence Foundation Fund Scheme
  • 2010: Hydrogeology to secondary school information project *; Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia
  • 2010: Investigating participatory design as an approach to service product development *; AMP Services Limited

* Chief Investigator


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