Dr Manuela Taboada

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Areas of interest: Sustainability, Visual Communication, Identity, Women Empowerment, Pacific, Collaborative Methods

Doctor of Philosophy (University of New England), BSc Computer Science & System Analysis (Other), BA Hons ¿ Industrial Design & Visual Communication Design (Other)

Manuela Taboada, PhD, has over 15 years experience in visual communication design, branding, identity and social design. She has worked professionally as a lecturer, designer and researcher in Australia, Brazi, East-Timor and Fiji. Manuela has a PhD from the University of New England (Australia), and degrees in Industrial Design / Visual Communication (Federal University of Bahia, Brazil) and in Computer Sciences (Salvador University, Brazil), she is now an academic the School of Design at QUT Creative Industries Faculty. Manuela has contributions in the areas of participatory and collaborative design, place identity, design activism, design thinking and community development. She has traditionally worked in transdisciplinary teams using design as a tool to facilitate the emergence of social identities and change. She is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental sciences, social sciences and design. Her research focuses in design for social change and resilience, decolonial design, sustainability and complex-emergence theory.

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  • INVESTIGATING THE POTENTIAL OF ARTISANAL CRAFT TO EMPOWER WOMEN: THREE CASE STUDIES FROM THE SUSTAINABLE FASHION INDUSTRY
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Ms Kathleen Horton
  • Design for Mental Health Literacy (MHL): Co-Creating Psychoeducational Resources With Young Adults, Supporters and Mental Health Professionals
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Oksana Zelenko, Professor Gavin Sade
  • Applying Comics as a Tool for Adult Digital Literacy Learning: A Study within a Supportive Housing Group
    PhD, Mentoring Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jeremy Kerr, Dr Leah King-Smith
  • From Analogue to Digital: Drawing The Human Form by Examining Creative Practices, Techniques and Experiences of Practitioners Within Immersive Technology
    Masters by Research, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jen Seevinck, Adjunct Associate Professor Tomasz Bednarz
  • ABOVE BOARDS DECONSTRUCTING ANALOGUE BOARDGAMES IN ORDER TO ADDRESS SOCIAL STEREOTYPING & THE LIMITATIONS OF THE MAKER
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jane Turner