Research | Torrens University
Torrens University Australia aims to be recognised globally at the forefront of innovative research in theory and practice in design, media and technology. We believe that collaborative research and scholarship are critical to the success of advanced teaching and learning, industry innovation, and community engagement.

About the faculty

The Design and Creative Technology faculty leads with care, respect, and purpose resulting in high-quality creative research that makes a positive impact on industries and society. The Design and Creative Technology faculty represents a broad spectrum of design and media disciplines ranging from interior design, communication design, film, games and animation, as well as disciplines in software engineering, cybersecurity and information technology.

Many Design and Creative Technology faculty researchers work in collaboration with the University Research Centres; the Centre for Organisational Change and Agility (COCA), the Artificial Intelligence Research and Optimisation (AIRO) centre, the Centre for Health Futures (CHEF), Centre for Healthy Sustainable Development (CHSD) and the Centre for Public Health, Equity and Human Flourishing (PHEHF) and are centre members.

Executive Dean, Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside

Professor Thompson-Whiteside has over 20 years of experience in leading design schools and faculties at universities across Europe, Asia and Australia. Originally trained as an Industrial Designer before moving into Design Management and Strategy, his PhD from the University of Melbourne and his research interests combine in higher education policy, design strategy and design education.

Contact Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside for project partnerships or to learn more about our design and creative technology research.


Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside
Research that brings together disciplines of design, creative media and information technology generate exciting opportunities and outcomes that impact the world around us. Human-centric solutions to increasingly pervasive technology like artificial intelligence, sensors and the Internet of Things are critically important and a key focus for our research active staff
Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside
Executive Dean, Design and Creative Technology

Explore our areas of research

The faculty undertakes a range of traditional and non-traditional research in a range of areas intersecting with the University's Research Centres and inter-disciplinary themes. Our research broadly follows four key themes:

  • Creative Practice and Industry 4.0
    Investigating how new technologies are impacting creative practice and the changing nature of our profession.
  • Creative Practice and Indigenous Culture
    Investigating unique histories and perspectives of indigenous culture and how they influence design and creative practice.
  • Design-based Research and Technology for health and well-being
    Investigating how design-based research and creative technology can directly impact health and wellbeing through the design of physical environments, digital services and information systems, workwear, product design, service design and information communication technologies using technologies like artificial intelligence.
  • Design and Creative Technology for sustainability
    Investigating the role of design, creative practice and technology to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Explore our Higher Degrees by Research

Meet our research leaders

Dr Fiona Maree Chatteur (née Kerr)

Dr Chatteur (née Kerr) is a senior lecturer, HDR director and ERA co-ordinator for Torrens University. Research interests include machine


Guest speaker
Dr Sarah Elsie Baker

Dr Baker has 15 years teaching and research experience in design and cultural studies. Her expertise is focused on design methodologies


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