The core project team is comprised of three Chief Investigators from The University of Sydney. It is supported by five established international collaborators
and key informants from the interdisciplinary research settings.

Chief investigators

Lina Markauskaite

Professor of Learning Sciences, Co-director of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney 

Lina’s research focus is on: 1) development capabilities for complex professional and scientific knowledge work; 2) development of ICT literacy and ICT use in teaching and learning; and 3) innovations in educational research methods. 

Peter Goodyear

Professor of Education, Founding Co-director of the Centre for Research on Learning and Innovation, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney

Peter’s research over the last 30 years has been directed by a practical ambition: improving the work of teachers, educational designers, technologists and others who shape learning environments, curricula and educational opportunities.

Cara Wrigley

Professor of Design Innovation, Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), The University of Queensland

Cara’s main research focus have been in the areas of: 1) design innovation (a hybrid of design thinking, business and technology); and 2) building an evidence base for design’s value in various industries (in particular the medical field). 

Natalie Spence

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney

Natalie’s research in the learning sciences focuses on team collaboration centred on shared objects and their role in knowledge creation. With experience in learning design in higher education, she is interested in supporting and scaffolding students’ skills development and agency.

Teresa Swist

Research Associate, Sydney School of Education and Social Work, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney.

Teresa’s transdisciplinary research spans participatory/design methodologies, socio-technical systems, public pedagogy, and collective policymaking. The ethical-political dimensions of knowledge co-production and creativity are key dimensions of her work, especially how people with diverse expertise can co-create ideas, tools, and processes which address inequalities plus shape systemic change.


Karla Straker

Senior Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

Karla’s research is in the field of Design Innovation, which is the application and adoption of design innovation methods into industry-led research projects. Her specific focus and contribution to the field is the continuing application and investigation of design methods in driving innovative digital solutions.

Celina McEwen

Senior Research Fellow, The University of Technology Sydney

Celina has a research background in professional practice and learning, as well as technology-mediated learning and community and cultural education.

PhD students

Genevieve Mosely

Genevieve is a PhD candidate in the Design Innovation Research Group at The University of Sydney. Her research focuses on design education as well as the application of design thinking in diverse, interdisciplinary contexts to help capture new value through better understanding users and their needs.

Dwayne Ripley

Dwayne’s PhD research aims to embrace and articulate complexity in expert knowledge work. He is particularly interested in how the fields of design and learning sciences can draw on one-another and the role they play in advancing approaches to preparing students and workers to address complex problems that span disciplinary and industry boundaries.

Alicia Vallero

Alicia is a PhD student in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Sydney. Her research interests in learning and teaching are focused on interdisciplinary contexts in higher education. She is particularly interested in identifying the main epistemic features of learning environments and activities that facilitate effective and productive interdisciplinary work and learning experiences.

Sujeewa (Sue) Tennekoon

Sue is a research student in the Master of Learning Sciences and Technology programme at the University of Sydney. She is interested in exploring the nuances and complexities of (epistemic) emotions in interdisciplinary contexts.

Melinda Pratt

Melinda’s PhD research is in educational leadership professional development at the University of Queensland, focusing on relational leadership for how we can navigate complexity. Her research area extends to projects investigating the future of work to engage interdisciplinary collaborations at the intersection of leadership, work-related learning, digital tools, and innovative learning environment designs focused on how people can flourish and create value in workplaces. 

International collaborators

Monika Nerland

A leading Professor in Sociology from the University of Oslo, known for her work on expert epistemic cultures.

Kai Hakkarainen

A distinguished Professor in Psychology from the University of Helsinki, renowned for his work on knowledge-creating learning.

Crina Damsa

Associate Professor in Learning Sciences from the University of Oslo, known internationally for her work on methods for tracing productive interactions in teams.

David Shaffer

Vilas Distinguished Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, renowned for his pioneering work in quantitative ethnography and Epistemic Network Analysis (ENA).

Hanni Muukkonen

A Professor in Educational Psychology from the University of Oulu, known for her work on instructional models for developing students’ knowledge work competences.

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