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Abby
Mellick Lopes
Australia
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Abby Mellick Lopes is a Senior Lecturer in Design at the University of Western Sydney with 15 years’ professional and academic experience in the field of design for sustainability. Her research and teaching activities explore and promote more sustainable ways of living, working and learning. She was a key team member of the innovative research and educational consultancy the EcoDesign Foundation from 1996-2004 (http://www.changedesign.org/DfSGuideWebsite/HomePage/Home.htm). Her research at the Foundation focused on design strategies for adaptation to climate change, and the ecological impacts of information technology. Her current research explores how design can contribute to socio-cultural change in relation to water, sanitation and urban agriculture; user-side practices of care, repair and creative modification; design research strategies and design for sustainability education. She has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects. In 2006-2007 she was a member of the CRC Irrigation Futures investigating sustainability in urban irrigation, and in 2006-2008 was Joint Chief Investigator on a Partnership Program with Penrith City Council researching universal design and cultural context in public parklands in Western Sydney. She has most recently collaborated with researchers and industry partners on the project Transitioning to Sustainable Sanitation Futures with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. Abby has published widely on sustainable design issues most recently on the aesthetics of sustainability and social practice theory. Abby is a member of the Digital Humanities Research Group at UWS and Mapping Urban Resilience in the Riverlands, Sydney (MURRS) - a joint initiative between members of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and the Institute for Culture and Society at UWS.

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