Dr. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek
Academic Director (External Engagement)
Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek’s research seeks to advance the role design plays in community belonging and societal well-being. The significance lies in its transdisciplinary orientation and real-world impacts. Samantha’s interests traverse place-making, community based participatory action research and Indigenous knowledge systems. Moreover, how design as a discourse can enrich transdisciplinary collaborations. Her current research explores how social practice art initiatives informed by participatory design processes can transform the experience of place in remote Indigenous communities. Samantha is also deeply committed to the advancement of Indigenous design and innovation, more broadly. For more information about this work visit Marngo Designing Futures Samantha holds a BA (Hons) in Aboriginal Prehistory and a PhD in Media and Communication Studies. As a communication designer and exhibiting digital media-artist, Samantha has an awarded studio and teaching practice.