Associate Professor Janice Rieger

Associate Professor Janice Rieger

Dr Janice Rieger is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology. She is a Chief Investigator with the Centre for Justice and Design Lab at QUT. Janice has served as a faculty member at the University of Calgary, (Calgary, Canada), York University (Toronto, Canada), Mount Royal University (Calgary, Canada), and the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Hasselt (Hasselt, Belgium) and L’Université Catholique de Lille (Lille, France). Dr Rieger was recently elected to the National Council for the Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA) and appointed as a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts & Sciences (QAAS). Janice is also a Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (UK) and an Associate Fellow (Indigenous).

Dr Rieger is an award-winning researcher, educator, curator and designer with expertise in inclusive design and disability research. She has been advocating for people with disabilities for over twenty-five years and has been awarded an International Universal Design Award (IAUD), 2 Australian Good Design Awards, a National MAGNA Award (Australia), a Mayor’s Access Recognition Award, and a State-level disability award for her leadership in promoting inclusion globally. She has held appointments to international design juries, disability congress committees, scientific advisory boards, and was recently invited to be the first international member of the European Institute for Design and Disability (EIDD-DfA). Dr Rieger’s work in creating cultures of inclusion has led to code, policy, curriculum and legislative changes in Australia, North America and Europe.

Janice is currently a Senior Research Fellow with the Australian Research Council (ARC). She was also a Fellow of the Canadian Federation of University Women, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Fellow. She is an expert reviewer for the ARC, TEQSA and has created a national certificate program in accessible housing design (CSAHD) in Canada.

Janice’s research and teaching encompasses issues related to spatial justice and creating cultures of inclusion, and has six broad themes:

  • Spatial Justice & Ableism
  • Diversity & Inclusion Policies and Programs
  • Co-design for Health, Wellbeing & Social Inclusion with people with disabilities
  • Post-Qualitative Methodologies and Relational Ontologies
  • Museum, Gallery and Curatorial Studies
  • History and Theory of Spatiality & Material Culture

‘From a very young age I saw the world differently, and how exclusionary our environments are. Inspired to make the world more inclusive, I created an innovative model of practice in teaching, research and engagement, through multi-sensorial methodologies and methods, co-designed with communities, and translated across sectors, to create spatial justice and cultures of inclusion.’


Research projects

Books and Book Chapters by Janice Rieger

Design, Disability and Embodiment

Rieger, Janice (2023) Design, Disability and Embodiment: Spatial Justice and Perspectives of Power. Routledge Advances in Disability Studies.

Codesigning Access: A New Approach to Cultures of Inclusion in Museums and Galleries

Rieger, Janice, Hadley, Bree, Barron, Sarah, Boulton, Sarah, Parker, Catherine (2023) Codesigning Access: A New Approach to Cultures of Inclusion in Museums and Galleries. In Cachia, Amanda (Ed.), Curating Access : Disability Art Activism and Creative Accommodation, pp.183-195.
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Eudaemonic Design to Achieve Well-Being at Work, Wherever That May Be

Mikus, Jenna, Rieger, Janice, Grant-Smith, Deanna (2022) Eudaemonic Design to Achieve Well-Being at Work, Wherever That May Be. In Montoya-Reyes, Mildrend, Mendoza-Munoz, Ismael, Jacobo-Galicia, Gabriela, Cruz-Sotelo, Samantha (Eds.), Ergonomics and Business Policies for the Promotion of Well-Being in the Workplace, Advances in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development (AHRMOD) Book Series, pp.1-32.

Cultural Probes as a Care-fully Curated Research Design Approach to Elicit Older Adult Lived Experience

Mikus, Jenna, Grant-Smith, Deanna, Rieger, Janice (2022) Cultural Probes as a Care-fully Curated Research Design Approach to Elicit Older Adult Lived Experience. In Throne, Robin (Ed.), Social Justice Research Methods for Doctoral Research, Advances in Information Quality and Management (AIQM) Book Series, pp.182-207.

The forgotten sustainability: A socially conscious, paradigmatic shift in design

Rieger, Janice, Iantkow, Mark (2022) The forgotten sustainability: A socially conscious, paradigmatic shift in design. In Prochner, Isabel, Antoniuk, Tim (Eds.), Situating Design in Alberta, pp.143-167.
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Journal articles by Janice Rieger

Doing Embodied Mapping/s: Becoming-With in Qualitative Inquiry

Rieger, Janice, Devlieger, Patrick, Van Assche, Kristof, Strickfaden, Megan (2022) Doing Embodied Mapping/s: Becoming-With in Qualitative Inquiry. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 21, pp.1-14.
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Cultural safety as a foundation for allyship in disability arts

Hadley, Bree, Rieger, Janice, Ellis, Katie, Paterson, Eddie (2022) Cultural safety as a foundation for allyship in disability arts. Disability & Society.
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Doing Dis/ordered Mappings: Shapes of Inclusive Spaces in Museums

Rieger, Janice, Kessler, Charlotte, Strickfaden, Megan (2022) Doing Dis/ordered Mappings : Shapes of Inclusive Spaces in Museums. Space and Culture, 25 (1), pp.4–19.
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Breaking Barriers: Educating Design Students about Inclusive Design through an Authentic Learning Framework

Rieger, Janice, Rolfe, Annie (2021) Breaking Barriers: Educating Design Students about Inclusive Design through an Authentic Learning Framework. International Journal of Art and Design Education, 40 (2), pp.359-373.
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Co-designing choice: objectivity, aesthetics and agency in audio-description

Hadley, Bree, Rieger, Janice (2021) Co-designing choice: objectivity, aesthetics and agency in audio-description. Museum Management and Curatorship, 36 (2), pp.189-203.
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Spatialising differently through ability and techné

Rieger, Janice, Herssens, Jasmien, Strickfaden, Megan (2020) Spatialising differently through ability and techné. CoDesign, 16 (2), pp.135-151.
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Briefing Paper by Janice Rieger

Right to Participate: Co-designing Disability Policies in Australia

Rieger, Janice (2020) Right to Participate: Co-designing Disability Policies in Australia. QUT Centre for Justice Briefing Papers, (12), pp.1-4.

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    Co-Program Leader, Ecologies of Justice

    Janice is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Faculty of Engineering at Queensland University of Technology. She is a Chief Investigator with the Centre for Justice and Design Lab at QUT. Janice has served as a faculty member at the University of Calgary, (Calgary, Canada), York University...