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Dr Emma Fisher

Lecturer, Communication Design


Emma Fisher is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Design and Architecture (SoDA) at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Since 2004, Emma has taught in undergraduate and postgraduate levels of higher education at Swinburne and RMIT Universities across a wide variety of design subjects, and been program director at postgraduate level. Emma completed her PhD at Swinburne in 2015 via her study of practitioners’ research engagement in the Australian Communication Design profession. Emma holds over 24 years of experience working in communication design practice on local and international projects, and is currently a partner and communication designer in industry. Emma’s research interests include design practitioners’ research engagement, evidence-based design, portfolio literacy and employability skills, and professional design practice, and she reviews papers about these areas for several peer-reviewed design journals.

Research interests

Research engagement; Communication Design practice

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Visual Communication Design (incl. Graphic Design) - 330316
  • Design Management - 330305
  • Design Practice And Methods - 330306

Teaching areas

Design practice;Design management


  • 2023, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Future-Focused Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2022, Swinburne, SoDA Emerging Researcher Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2019, Swinburne, Dean's Award Teaching & Learning, Swinburne University School of Design


Also published as: Fisher, Emma; Fisher, E.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: Developing brand and brand toolkit for Casey Living Lab(Master Class briefs) *; City of Casey Fund Scheme
  • 2022: Go Against the Flow website audit and social media content review *; Continence Foundation Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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