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Associate Professor Carolyn Barnes

Academic Director Research Training
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


Associate Professor Carolyn Barnes (PhD Melb 2004) is Academic Director of Research Training in the School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, where she teaches qualitative research methods for academic and practice applications. Her research investigates the knowledge and power bound up in individuals and groups to address their needs and interests in the development of communications and services, including via participatory design methods and the role of the designer-facilitator. Recently, this has extended to understanding design in the 'pluriverse' through the investigation of grassroots, problem-solving practices, the sustainability of traditional crafts and a focus on practices in their own right rather than conceptualising them in relation to Euro-USA professional design. Carolyn has supervised 26 students to the completion of the doctorate.

Research interests

Cultures-Based Innovation; Design History, Philosophy, and Theory; Public Good Design; Strategic & Transformative Design: Culture

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Design - 330300

Teaching areas

Cultures-Based Innovation;Design History, Philosophy, and Theory;Public Good Design;Strategic & Transformative Design: Culture


  • 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


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

  • 2022: Go Against the Flow website audit and social media content review *; Continence Foundation Fund Scheme
  • 2017: Co-designing social enterprise legal models in Australia: a user-centered approach *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - 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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