Gnanaharsha is a PhD candidate, Sessional Academic and a Research Assistant in the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty QUT. He is also a Lecturer (on leave) at the Department of Integrated Design, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka. He is an integrated designer who specialised in furniture/product and interior design. He runs his design consultancy firm and very keen on teaching creativity, innovation and design thinking. He is an accredited teacher in higher education and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. He has taught many subjects in higher education such as Theory and Principles of product design, Product Semiotics, Ergonomics, History of Art and Design, etc.
He is an active member of the Higher Education Research Network’s Higher Degree Research – Special Interest Network (HERN HDR SIN) at QUT. He holds QUTPRA and QUT HDR Tuition Fee scholarships from QUT for his doctoral study.
He has served as; Chairman – Education and Training at the Sri Lanka Institute of Interior Designers (SLIID); Executive Committee Member at the Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness (SLAIHEE); Secretary – the Alumni Association of Department of Integrated Design (AADID). And also, he was a member of the Design Confederation – Sri Lanka (DeCSL) and a Committee member of the Intellectual Property Advisory/ Assessment Committee (IPAC/IPaC) of the University of Moratuwa. He facilitates workshops on creativity, innovation and design thinking. Gnanaharsha has many links in the industry and closely works with the government institutions as a design consultant.
Design Thinking Pedagogy, Teaching-Learning-Assessment in Design, Creative Intelligence, Creativity and Innovation for all, History of Seating Furniture, Contemporary Design Practice and Theory (Design Thinking, Co-design, Participatory Design, Human Centered Design), Semiotic Product Analysis, Ergonomics (SL Standard), Teaching as performing.
A Phenomenographic Study of Design Thinking Pedagogy in the Higher Education Context