For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. Emerging Scholars perform a critical role in the conference by chairing the parallel sessions, providing technical assistance in the sessions, and presenting their own research papers. The 2019 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
After graduating from RMIT University, Melbourne in 1993, Jackson Wong started his career in the advertising and design fields in Malaysia. During his earlier years, Wong worked with established advertising companies like Grey Advertising, Bozell International, and Netcard Corporation, one of the pioneers in Technology Park Malaysia under Multimedia Super Corridor. In 1998, Jackson Wong decided to run a design agency on his own with a small creative team at Kuala Lumpur.
With more than 25 years in the design industry and 19 years in the education industry, Jackson Wong was given the opportunity to share his knowledge and experiences with students from KDU University College. He was also involved in industry consultancy, including Metro Homes and Toshiba Transmission & Distribution System Asia, from 2013 to 2015. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Education at Open University Malaysia.
Zhou Fang obtained her BSc in Architecture and BA in Environmental Design at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2011 and her MSc in Architectural Studies at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States in 2012. She returned to mainland China in 2013 and worked for a state-owned real estate developer as an architect. In 2014, Zhou enrolled in a PhD program in building and real estate management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University under the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme.
Thomas Girard is a four-time Emerging Scholar Award recipient and has taught undergraduate level interaction design in three countries. Among his awards has been Emerging Scholar at the Design Principles and Practices conference in Barcelona, Spain, where the theme was ‘no boundaries design’. In Lisbon, Portugal in June 2019, his recent efforts will be recognized with an abstract accepted as a ‘Focused Discussion’ at The Arts in Society Conference. Early in his career, Girard was employed by Lenovo as a Staff User Experience Designer.
Lisa Winstanley is an Assistant Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Prior to this appointment, Lisa taught for several years as a design educator at an all-women’s college in the Middle East. Commercially, Lisa has over 20 years of experience; working in the UK as a creative practitioner with clients such as Nestlé, Cadbury, and The NHS. As a graphic artist, Lisa's work has recently won several industry awards, including the Hiiibrand Design Awards (2017) and The Applied Arts Award (2018) for editorial design. Subsequently, her artbook on lies and truth has been exhibited internationally, and works from this title are part of the Ecuador Poster Bienal collection showcased in the Casa De La Cultura in Quito, Ecuador. Her current research explores creative practice through the lens of trust, encompassing three main areas: ethical creative practice, collaborative creative practice, and the psychology behind creative practice.
Federico Vaz is a Design Innovation Manager currently undertaking Doctoral studies at the Institute for Design Innovation in Loughborough University London. His research project, "Policy Innovation by Design," looks at the uses of design approaches for innovating the public policy making process. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in industrial design, he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management followed by an MSc program in Design Innovation Management. In 2015, he was awarded a Chevening Scholarship from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to complete his master's program. Besides teaching master students at Loughborough University in London, he has also lectured for the Design School at Universidad de la República in Montevideo, Uruguay. Federico is now conducting his PhD using funding from the Institute for Design Innovation.
Sneha Raman is a Design Researcher at the Innovation School, The Glasgow School of Art, and teaches the postgraduate course in transformation design. Her research focuses on developing innovative approaches to engage with complex challenges, with an emphasis on the social conditions of designing. Her work includes developing participatory methods for collaborating with citizens and diverse stakeholders to design the future of health and well being in Scotland, exploring a range of issues such as improving access to palliative and end of life care, and developing emotional and bereavement support for women around miscarriage. Sneha studied design innovation and citizenship at The Glasgow School of Art. Prior to moving to Scotland, she worked as a Design Researcher and Innovation Manager with a leading commercial design and research organisation in India.
Daria believes in enlivening spaces and museum collections through design techniques which trigger imagination in one way or another. She researches the concept of immersion and authenticity of object-context relationship in museums. Her professional interests are exhibition design, management of design processes, UX connecting tourism and museums. Having gained research experience over the past seven years in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, Daria is currently working with museums in Italy and Russia.
Fatma Nur Gökdeniz is a design researcher working as a research assistant in Turkey. Her research interest focuses on design thinking and user experience models for future concepts. In her current work, she tries to apply a design thinking point of view to the engineering sector to emphasize significance of interdisciplinary. She has studied industrial design and is now completing her master studies in same department at Istanbul Technical University. Before working as a design researcher, she worked as industrial designer in the automotive sector.
Being a Graduate Scholar was a great opportunity to learn some dynamics on how to organize and chair an International Conference. This will help in future professional works"
This experience allowed me to improve my fluencey in the english language. It also gave me confidence to talk to an unkown audience while also learning from the experienced professionals in the design world."