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Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside

Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health Arts and Design
Phd, University of Melbourne, Australia; Master in Design Leadership, Middlesex University, United Kingdom; BA Industrial Design, University of the West of England, United Kingdom


Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside is the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design. The faculty consists of the School of Health Sciences; the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; and the School of Design. 

Since moving to Swinburne in 2005, Professor Thompson-Whiteside has had varied roles including the Dean of the School of Design, Deputy Dean and Associate Dean International. He has been responsible for a range of strategic international engagement activities and partnerships.

Professor Thompson-Whiteside has a background in Industrial Design and Design Management with extensive experience in teaching and educational management in the UK, Malaysia and Australia. In 2006 he was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award for Higher Education.

Professor Thompson-Whiteside completed his PhD at The University of Melbourne at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education. His research intersects design strategy, management and innovation along with higher education policy and management, internationalisation and design education more generally.

Research interests

Strategic Design; Education; Product Diversity, and Productivity Design: Product Innovation; Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Research Education; Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Thinking and Complexity; design; design management

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Design education, design pedagogy, design management and strategy

Fields of Research

  • Design Practice And Management - 120300
  • Other Education - 139900

Teaching areas

Strategic & Transformative Design: Design Thinking and Complexity


  • 2006, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology


Also published as: Thompson-Whiteside, Scott; Thompson-Whiteside, S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Melbourne Korean War Memorial *; Melbourne Korean War Memorial
  • 2016: Research and development of kitchenware designed for younger generations *; King's Flair International

* Chief Investigator

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