Professor Lisa Scharoun

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    • Doctor of Philosophy (Visual Communications) – Griffith University (2008)
    • Master of Arts (Design Studies) – University of the Arts, London (2002)
    • Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) (Honours) – Florida Southern College (2000)

    Professor Scharoun is currently the Head of School – School of Design at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. A multi-award winning teacher, researcher and designer with expertise in Visual Communications with a focus on Design for Health and Cross-cultural design, Lisa received a Master of Arts in Design Studies from Central Saint Martins (University of Arts London) and subsequently worked in London as a graphic and interior designer before taking on a role as a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communications at Raffles Design Institute in Shanghai, China. On completion of a PhD focusing on “Western Fashion Advertising in Mainland Urban China and its effects on the Self Image of Youth” from Griffith University, she was offered the role of Program Director of the Graphic Design discipline at Deakin University in Melbourne. Prior to her appointment at QUT, Dr. Scharoun spent eight years at the University of Canberra where she was Program Director for Design and the co-founder of the Cross-cultural Design Lab. She has also spent time overseas as a visiting professor at Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore) and as a visiting professor at Norges Kreative Hoyskole (Norway). A highly awarded teacher and researcher, Lisa received 6 Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for teaching and research during her time at the University of Canberra along with the Australian Council of University Art and Design School’s “Distinguished Teaching Award.” Professor Scharoun continues to practice as a designer and has won many national and international prizes for her work. She was a top 10 finalist in the Bill and Melinda Gates “Records for Life” competition and was awarded the “Ease of Adding Information” prize for a design solution created to assist mothers in developing countries to remember to vaccinate their children. Her digital photographic design work has won numerous international awards such as the JM Cameron Prize for Women’s Photography and the Prix de la Photographie Paris.


    Recent Publications

    Scharoun, L. and Muratovski, G. (2021) “Leadership of a Design School,” How to be a Design Academic, New York: Taylor and Francis.

    Scharoun, L., Hills, D., Montana-Hoyos, C., Peng, F. and Sung, V. (2020) Design for Healthy Ageing, Bristol: Intellect.

    Scharoun, L, Montana-Hoyos C. and Peng, F. (2020)  “Approaching Social Design Challenges through multi-disciplinary collaboration, Design for Healthy Ageing, Bristol: Intellect, pp. 22-44.

    Scharoun, L. and Liu, J.H. (2020) “Design for Healthy Ageing in Multi-cultural societies: Approaching Issues Associated with Ageing in Singapore and Australia Through Cross-Cultural and Multi-disciplinary workshops” Design for Healthy Ageing, Bristol: Intellect, pp.115-139.

    Montana-Hoyos, C. and Scharoun, L. (2019) “Cross-culturality, interdisciplinarity and globalization in design education,” Cultural Space and Design, Basel: Librum Publishers and Editor LLC, pp. 92-111

    Scharoun, L., and Mews, G. (2019) “Playing in the streets: How re-engaging children with the suburban street-scape can effect change in overweight and obesity patterns in Australia,” Space and Flows: an International Journal of Urban and Extra Urban studies, Illinois: Common Ground, 9(4), pp. 63-75.

    Scharoun, L., Cochrane, T, Davey, R. and Mews, G. (2018) “Designing Healthy Futures: involving primary school children in the co-design of a health report card,” International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, London: Taylor and Francis.