Supervisor Meeting Time: Tuesday 11.30 – 2.30 in B.45

Mick is a transdisciplinary designer-artist-researcher and experienced supervisor of doctorate degrees through creative research, and a teacher of design studios and design studies in the Industrial Design program. His wide ranging work explores creative approaches to collaboratively address social and ecological concerns. 

Honours Interests

I invite honours students to develop projects through research and partnerships in the Wimmera area of regional Western Victoria (Stawell-Horsham-Geriwerd/Grampians). This will commence with a one week rural group camping excursion of site visits (10-14 March) researching issues, developing partnerships, and framing Honours project opportunities, whilst building a collaborative peer group culture. Students are invited to integrate their own interests with opportunities for informed research, case studies and partnerships that are available in Western Victoria. This approach aims to assist Honours projects to address critical social and ecological issues whilst developing adaptive design initiative capabilities in students. From the immersive initial group camp excursion experience, students will develop processes of investigation and partnership relationships through which to frame and ground an honours project.

Project opportunities that we will explore in Western Victoria include:

transition design strategies toward the regenerative management of land, ecology and human experience (engaging with climate change and fire risk, water scarcity, immersive eco-education-tourism, bio-diversity and conservation); 

climate change responsive design with regional industries (for example product-service-systems in hydroponic agri-business and the wine sector, pre-fabricated modular fire-safe building systems, revival of lost trades and niche crafts); 

design activism toward advancing public education (creative solidarity partnerships with Indigenous custodians, initiatives for regional museums and galleries and community groups, progressive social change awareness campaigns).  

To be viable to proceed, six students will be needed to join in this supervision group.