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 2022 Emerging Scholar Award Recipients are as follows:
Prajakta Parvatikar, a Ph.D. in Visual Art, is currently an in-charge Principal of Rachana Sansad College of Applied Art and Craft, Mumbai, India. She has post graduated from Sir J. J. Institute of Applied Art, Mumbai with Visual Communication, Typography, Advertising, and Design subjects.
She has over the past two decades, significantly mentored and guided young talent for the Advertising-Design profession. Her major area of inspiration has always been to expose these minds to the rich Indian Cultural Heritage. Through fundamental and new teaching methods, her projects have always focused on exploring various Indian Traditional FolkArt forms. Dr. Prajakta has always encouraged advocating such rich content to this generation, so that they appreciate their culture and also, develop media for the contemporary audiences.
Sofie Boons is an award-winning jewelry designer currently working as a Craft Council Research Fellow and Research Associate for the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England. She is completing a Ph.D. investigating the design implications, possibilities, and limits of utilizing man-made crystals in the development of jewelry. Prior to starting her research, Sofie worked as the Head of Academy for the British Academy of Jewellery. After graduating from the Royal College of Art she has continually exhibited her jewelry internationally and her artifacts are held in the collections of a range of industry-leading galleries.
Dr. Ioanna Symeonidou is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Thessaly (UTH) in Greece and specializes in digital media for design and manufacturing. She studied Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed her postgraduate studies at the Architectural Association in London. Her Ph.D. discusses digital design media in architectural education. She has lectured internationally and collaborated with renowned architectural firms and universities, including the Graz University of Technology, International Hellenic University among others. She is the author of numerous articles published in scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings, and has participated in multidisciplinary research projects.
Designer, educator, and urbanist; Michelle is an Assistant Professor at Marywood University focusing on the communication of design ideas to diverse audiences in addition to the execution of full-scale build projects. Her expertise is in innovative methods of communication, including graphic representation, virtual reality, full-scale mock-ups, and workshops. Michelle is driven by the power of the design thinking methodology to address design through a comprehensive approach that is both user-centered and interdisciplinary. Her human-centered design focus has proven that the act of engagement is an agent of instilling ownership in the evolution of space. Her current research focuses on innovative participation methods to create a stronger connection between students and their local communities. These projects explore the complex relationship between design and technology as a mechanism to communicate with a diverse audience.
Thomas Girard (born 30 December 1980 in Vancouver, Canada) is a Canadian scholar. Girard was accepted to attend the University of Oxford in lectures equivalent to graduate coursework. Girard has received several Emerging Scholar awards, first at the Design Principles and Practices conference in Barcelona, Spain at the prestigious ELISAVA. At Emily Carr University of Art and Design, he received his second Emerging Scholar award. Other awards include RBC Emerging Scholar, Royal Bank of Canada Foundation. For 2021, he has been awarded an Emerging Scholar award from the New Directions in the Humanities conference in Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Willhemina Wahlin’s research intersects design practice and methods, incorporating Design Thinking, Human-Centred Design, and Co-Design into policy- and community-based projects. She is the Creative Director for the New York-based non-profit organization, PROOF: Media for Social Justice, which uses visual storytelling for social justice and human rights advocacy and is an adjunct Lecturer in Design with Charles Sturt University.
Willhemina's current research, The Social is the Thing: Taking a designerly approach to the development and evaluation of Local Government strategic planning, is a collaboration with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and community stakeholders. Combining Design Thinking, the Public Policy Design Arc, Co-Design, and the Four-Pillar approach to strategic planning and evaluation, this research has supported the development of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s Cultural Plan 2021-2025 and its evaluation strategy.
Willhemina has also led a research team to develop The Creative Citizen Project, which combines Design Thinking with civics and citizenship education to increase regional youth civic engagement. Her doctoral research, The Ligatures of Life, focused on the role that designers play in the creation of ‘difficult’ knowledge exhibitions. She has designed over 15 traveling exhibitions that have been displayed internationally, including the Washington Institute of Peace, Columbia and Yale Universities, and the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Dr. Ari Chand is a Lecturer in Visual Communication Design at the School of Humanities, Creative Industries, and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. His work is integrated with the College of Human and Social Futures FASTLab Research hub- https://fastlab.soci.org.au/ a translational research center investigating the role of collaboration and transdisciplinary research. Designer and Illustrator, Ari is a practice-based researcher investigating the design and cultural production, drawing and illustration practice, and design history and theory narratives. His research focuses on understanding the complex way a socio-cultural framework for understanding Design into the 21st century is relevant to how humanity will tackle the complex issues of our time.
John T. Sherrill is an Assistant Professor of Professional Writing at Qatar University. His research focuses on intersections between technical communication, DIY/Craft/Hacker/”Maker” communities, and feminist activism. He is currently researching digital “maker” communities (e.g., technical communication and narration on Etsy.com), “automated infrastructure,” and Qatari female students’ career paths in relation to professional writing. His recent publications include a guide to creating a DIY electronic survey in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy (2019), as well as a case study of technical communication practices in an inclusive library makerspace in Re-Making the Library Makerspace (2020).
Juhi Shah is a research scholar with a Master’s degree in Entertainment, Media, and Advertising from the University of Mumbai in India. She has been a copywriter in the advertising and marketing industry for two years, currently at the MullenLowe Lintas Group. She has co-authored five books published by The Impish Lass Publishing House. She took part in the Eleventh International Conference on ‘The Image’ in September 2020, held at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and in the Sixth International Conference on ‘Communication & Media Studies in October 2021, held at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. Her research interests are the language of advertising, visual media design, copy, marketing communication, typography, and fragrance-based products.
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."