The creative arts and design academies are in constant transition. Globally, frameworks and metrics have moved towards advocacy — i.e. acknowledging design and creative practice’s significance across social, cultural and educational areas of impact. Some of these transformations in how we design techniques, translation and knowledge transmission are being taken up by research councils — especially in the UK, Canada and Australia.
The Creative Arts & Design (CAD) network seeks to coalesce and respond to the various ways in which national and international frameworks are being used to articulate the value of the creative arts and design (CAD) — especially around social and cultural impact. As two of the hardest things to “measure” social and cultural impact are often key to CAD approaches — the ways in which industry codesign and engagement starts at the beginning of a project, the ways methods are borrowed from social science and adapted in responsive ways (i.e. creative practice ethnographies), the ways in which pathways and modes for implementation are co-futured into the research design in an iterative way.
We are at a crucial time for reflection and seeing how we might move forward productively to design critical techniques, modes of translations and knowledge transmissions that acknowledge and enhance the particular ways in which CAD areas can co-future impactful research. There is a need to coalesce the different approaches and think about what is working, what isn’t, and what is missing.
The Design for Social Innovation Network (DSI) at RMIT responds to the pressing social, environmental, and technical issues of our times with researchers who collaboratively contribute on designs for social innovation that are effective in navigating our future by tackling issues of sustainability, health, technology, and social exclusion of vulnerable people.
Her Japanese heritage has embedded a Zen-informed relational practice to carve a ‘tao’ (path) in design and has published extensively on this topic. This practice is shaped by working with regional communities in Australia in strengthening their resilience for disaster preparedness, and with Indigenous Nations enact their sovereignty and self-determination. She is an Adjunct Fellow of a ecosystem innovation studio, Re:public Japan, and Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University. She serves on several editorial boards of international journals, and conference review committees. She is a recipient of several major research grants in Australia and the UK and winner of the prestigious Good Design Australia Awards in 2014.
With a twenty-five-year history of art and social justice practice Australia and Canada, Marnie’s research sits at the intersection of socially engaged art, community-based research methodologies and the politics of cultural measurement. Marnie is currently focused on a series of creative cartographies registering emotion in public space; expanded curation projects on the aesthetics and politics of food; and a book project The Social Life of Artist Residencies: connecting with people and place not your own. Marnie is Senior Research Fellow at the School of Art following the prestigious award of Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University. Marnie co-leads the Cultural Value Impact Network and is acting Leader for CAST Contemporary Art and Social Transformation research group.
Professor Laurene Vaughan is Dean of the School of Design at RMIT. She is internationally recognised as a leader in interdisciplinary and applied design research and pedagogy. Professor Laurene Vaughan has a diverse research and teaching practice covering the areas of design, communication, fashion and embedded research in diverse industry sectors. Laurene currently also contributes to the University research community through being a Research Leader in the RMIT Design Research Institute.