Doctor Abby Mellick Lopes

Doctor Abby Mellick Lopes

Senior Lecturer,
Design (sohca)

Biography

Abby Mellick Lopes is a design theorist with over 20 years' practical and academic experience in the field of design for sustainability, originating with her membership of the pioneering research and education consultancy the EcoDesign Foundation from 1996-2004. Her engaged research focuses on the relationship between design and social arrangements to support the transition to more sustainable cultures and economies, intersecting with a broad range of disciplinary fields including cultural studies, sociology, geography and planning. Abby collaborates with a wide range of academic, industry, community and government partners on projects tackling the social impacts of heat and development trends on the urban commons; civic trust in drinking water; food and waste economies and cultures of repair, with a particular focus on the communities of Western Sydney. Abby has published extensively on sustainable design, transdisciplinarity and transdisciplinary education. She also contributes to scholarly discourse on design, ontological design and image ecologies, and her work has been presented in the UK, US, Canada, Cyprus, Spain, Malaysia and China. Abby supervises postgraduate studies in design philosophy, phenomenology, poststructuralism and the practice disciplines of visual communication; graphic, industrial, fashion and urban design; ceramics; photography and calligraphy. She has expertise across a range of inventive and participatory research methodologies, with a particular interest in ethnographic and grounded practice and engaged social research that sees ‘creativity’ as a shared human characteristic.

Abby currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the design program in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. She is a member of the Digital Humanities Research Group, Institute for Culture and Society and the Intergener8 Strategic Research Initiative. Abby is an associate of The Studio at the Edge of the World.

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ORCID:

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2157-421X

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Qualifications

  • PhD University of Sydney
  • BA University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Associate, The Studio at the Edge of the World (2016)

Awards

  • Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2017-11-01

Interests

  • Consumption and Everyday Life
  • Design Research Methodologies
  • Design for Sustainability

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Design (sohca)

Committees

  • Member of Low and Negligible Risk Human Ethics Committee

Contact

Email: A.MellickLopes@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 9685 4677
Mobile:
Location: ED.G.64
Parramatta
Website:

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 102262 Design Histories and Futures
  • 102266 Researching the Visual
  • 102274 Social Design: Research and Practice
  • 102705 Communicating for Sustainability

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Fam, D., Mellick Lopes, A., Ross, K. and Crosby, A. (2020), 'The Transdisciplinary Living Lab Model (TDLL)', Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development, Springer Nature Switzerland 9783030156039.
  • Crosby, A., Fam, D. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2018), 'Transdisciplinarity and the 'Living Lab Model' : food waste management as a site for collaborative learning', Transdisciplinary Theory, Practice and Education: The Art of Collaborative Research and Collective Learning, Springer 9783319937427.
  • Williams, J., Fam, D. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2017), 'Creating knowledge : visual communication design research in transdisciplinary projects', Transdisciplinary Research and Practice for Sustainability Outcomes, Routledge 9781138119703.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. and Zettel, T. (2017), 'Making time : food preservation and ontological design', Food Democracy: Critical Lessons in Food, Communication, Design and Art, Intellect Books 9781783207961.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2016), 'Aesthetics, aesthetic theories', The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic 9781472521576.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2016), 'Form, theories of', The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic 9781472521576.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2016), 'Sign', The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic 9781472521576.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2016), 'Humanitarian design', The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design, Bloomsbury Academic 9781472521576.
  • Armstrong, H. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2016), 'Re-ruralising the urban edge : lessons from Europe, USA & the global south', Balanced Urban Development: Options and Strategies for Liveable Cities, Springer Open 9783319281100.

Journal Articles

  • Mellick Lopes, A., Healy, S., Power, E., Crabtree, L. and Gibson, K. (2018), 'Infrastructures of care : opening up "home" as commons in a hot city', Human Ecology Review, vol 24, no 2 , pp 41 - 59.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2017), 'Ontological design as an ecological practice', Arena Journal, vol 47/48 , pp 172 - 191.
  • Gill, A., Mellick Lopes, A. and Kaye-Smith, H. (2016), 'Practicing sustainability : illuminating 'use' in wearing clothes', Cultural Studies Review, vol 22, no 1 , pp 32 - 58.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. and Gill, A. (2015), 'Reorienting sustainable design : practice theory and aspirational conceptions of use', Journal of Design Research, vol 13, no 3 , pp 248 - 264.
  • Fam, D. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2015), 'Toilet practices and system change : lessons from a transdisciplinary research project', Journal of Design Research, vol 13, no 3 , pp 307 - 322.
  • Mellick Lopes, A., Gill, A. and Fam, D. (2015), 'Editorial : special issue on design and social practice theory : a promising dialogue for sustainable living', Journal of Design Research, vol 13, no 3 , pp 237 - 247.
  • Fam, D. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2015), 'Designing for system change : innovation, practice and everyday water', ACME, vol 14, no 3 , pp 751 - 764.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. and Gill, A. (2015), 'Initiating change by design : editorial', Global Media Journal Australian Edition, vol 9, no 2 .
  • Gray, J., Williams, J., Hagare, P., Mellick Lopes, A. and Sankaran, S. (2014), 'Lessons learnt from educating university students through a trans-disciplinary project for sustainable sanitation using a systems approach and problem-based learning', Systems, vol 2, no 3 , pp 243 - 272.
  • Fam, D., Mitchell, C., Abeysuriya, K. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2014), 'Emergence of decentralised water and sanitation systems in Melbourne, Australia', International Journal of Water, vol 8, no 2 , pp 149 - 165.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. and Shumack, K. (2012), 'Please ask us - conversation mapping as design research : social learning in a verge garden site', Design Philosophy Papers, vol 2 .
  • Mellick Lopes, A., Fam, D. and Williams, J. (2012), 'Designing sustainable sanitation : involving design in innovative, transdisciplinary research', Design Studies, vol 33, no 3 , pp 298 - 317.
  • Gill, A. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2012), 'Recoding abandoned products : student visual designers learn to sustain product lives and values', Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, vol 10, no 2 , pp 233 - 253.
  • Allen, J., Andrews, T. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2012), 'Industrial design is dead. Long live industrial design : adapting industrial design curricula in response to a climate-changed future and the current university climate', Industrial Design Educators Network Journal, vol 1, no 1 , pp 19 - 26.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. and Gill, A. (2011), 'On wearing : a critical framework for valuing design's already made', Design and Culture, vol 3, no 3 , pp 307 - 327.
  • Fam, D., Mellick Lopes, A., Willetts, J. and Mitchell, C. (2009), 'The Challenge of System Change: an historical analysis of Sydney's Sewers', Design Philosophy Papers, vol 7, no 3 , pp 195 - 208.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2003), 'Televisual Anaesthesia', Design Philosophy Papers, vol 1, no 3 .

Conference Papers

  • Crosby, A., Fam, D. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2017), 'Wealth from waste : a transdisciplinary approach to design education', Cumulus Conference, Hong Kong, China.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2016), 'Ecology of the image', Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Australasia Conference, University of Canberra.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2016), 'Cooling the commons', Crossroads Conference (Cultural Studies), Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Gill, A. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2016), 'Repair cultures', Crossroads Conference (Cultural Studies), University of Sydney.
  • Armstrong, H. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2014), 'Re-ruralising the urban edge : lessons from Europe, USA, & the global south', International Conference on Peri-Urban Landscapes, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • Gill, A. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2011), 'Recoding Abandoned Products: student visual designers experiment to sustain product lives and values', Experiential Knowledge Special Interest Group of the Design Research Society, Farnham, Surrey, UK.
  • Huda, S., Allen, J., Sinclair, C., Andrews, T., Mellick Lopes, A., Duarte, F., Bambrick, H., Craig, D., Jeffery, M. and Campbell, S. (2010), 'Climate Change: Building Leadership Capacity within a Higher Education Institution', International Farming Systems Association Europe Group Conference, Vienna.
  • Ramirez, M., Campbell, G., Marosszeky, A., Mellick Lopes, A. and Campbell, C. (2010), 'SRD Change: showcasing graduate projects that provoke sustainable changes in design thinking', CONNECTED 2010, UNSW, Sydney.
  • Andrews, T., Mellick Lopes, A. and Allen, J. (2010), 'Design and the University: a partnership for sustainable design', CONNECTED 2010, UNSW, Sydney.
  • Mellick Lopes, A., Fam, D. and Williams, J. (2010), 'Designing Sustainable Sanitation through transdisciplinary research: a pilot project of nutrient recovery and reuse', Cumulus Shanghai Conference 2010: Young Creators for Better City, Better Life, Shanghai, China.
  • Allen, J., Mellick Lopes, A. and Andrews, T. (2009), 'Futures West: A Design Research Initiative Promoting Sustainable Futures for Western Sydney', Cumulus 38? South 2009: Hemispheric Shifts Across Learning, Teaching and research, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Mitchell, C., Abeysuriya, K. and Mellick Lopes, A. (2009), 'Distributed wastewater management in Melbourne, Australia: A case study of transition in practice', KSI Conference: Dynamics and Governance of Transitions to Sustainability, Amsterdam 4-6 June.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2008), 'Designed inquiry : the significance of research education for industrial designers', 10th Engineering and Product Design Education International Conference, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya Barcelona Spain.
  • Mellick Lopes, A., Andrews, T. and Clune, S. (2007), 'Future Scenario Planning as a tool for Sustainable Design Education and Innovation', Connected 2007 International Conference on Design Education, University of NSW, Sydney.
  • Mellick Lopes, A. (2004), 'Research through Design: observational research for sustainability', Futureground, Monash University, Melbourne.

Other Publications

  • 2019, 'Closing the Loop on Waste: Community Engagement, Cultural Diversity, and Shared Responsibilities in Waste Management in Canterbury-Bankstown', Research Report
  • 2017, 'Exploring the Practices of Mandarin-speaking Water Drinkers: Research Conducted as Part of the Collaborative Research Project Understanding the Drivers of Public Trust in Sydney Water', Research Report
  • 2016, 'Cooling the Commons: Pilot Research Report', Research Report
  • 2008, 'Out & About in Penrith: Universal Design and Cultural Context: Accessibility, Diversity and Recreational Space in Penrith: Executive Summary: Key Research Findings', Research Report

Previous Projects

Title: The social and environmental benefits of urban irrigation in open public spaces and the economic value associated with these benefits
Funder:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Western Researchers: Abby Mellick Lopes and Basant Maheshwari
Years: 2007-01-15 - 2007-12-01
ID: P0015623
Title: Universal Design and Cultural Context: Accessibility, diversity and recreational space in Penrith
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Penrith City Council
Western Researchers: Zoe Sofoulis, Michael Bounds, Abby Mellick Lopes and Tara Andrews
Years: 2007-03-09 - 2008-03-08
ID: P0015345
Title: Challenging the irrigation industry (urban and rural) to measure its sustainability
Funder:
  • CRC Irrigation Futures
Western Researchers: Basant Maheshwari and Abby Mellick Lopes
Years: 2004-08-01 - 2006-06-30
ID: P0014529
Title: Closing the Loop on Waste Project
Funder:
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Council
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Juan Francisco Salazar Sutil, Abby Mellick Lopes and Paul James
Years: 2019-02-18 - 2019-06-15
ID: P00025538
Title: Understanding the Drivers of Public Trust in Sydney Water - Stage 1
Funder:
  • Sydney Water Corporation
Western Researchers: Abby Mellick Lopes, Zoe Sofoulis, Ben Dibley and Gay Hawkins
Years: 2017-02-24 - 2017-10-31
ID: P00024311

Supervision

Doctor Mellick Lopes is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Experiences of the Inbetween: A phenomenological inquiry into the nature of the relationships of art, craft and design in western and non-western cultures
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Temporal Space; An Investigation of Sydney's Irregular Performance Spaces
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Comparative Research Digital Art and Traditional Art in Saudi Arabia and Australia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Back to the Drawing Board Exploring the Value of Drawing in the Creative Thinking Process Using Improvisational Drawing Techniques and the iPad.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: From fast fashion to post consumerism: the material practices of fashion in the twenty-first century amongst young Australian women.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Envisioning Design: The Role of Visual Communications in Place-making
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Fashion Footprint: A Documentary about Clothing Use and Change for Sustainability in the Fashion Industry
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Becomings and New Urban Environment Art: A reimaging of the artist and artworks as immanent.
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The 'Other' Creatives: Design and Culture in Western Sydney
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Doing Laundry more Sustainably: Disrupting Everyday Practices Through Media Conversations
Field of Research: Society And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified; Graphic And Design Studies Not Elsewhere Classified; Communication And Media Studies Nec; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: The Coloniality of Design
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: Capturing Disappearance: A Visual-Phenomenological Investigation of Sydney's Irregular Performance Spaces
Field of Research: Communication And Media Studies Nec; Human Geography; Visual Arts And Crafts Not Elsewhere Classified

Media

Title: Cool Commons in hot Sydney
Description: Mellick Lopes, A. (2018). Cool Commons in hot Sydney. Sydney Environment Institute
Title: Design for Sustainability Guide
Description: Mellick, A. (2003). Design for Sustainability Guide. Change Design
Title: How people can best make the transition to cool future cities
Description: Mellick Lopes, A. (2017). How people can best make the transition to cool future cities. The Conversation. July 13, 2017.
Title: Materials that make heat worse for our kids demand a rethink by designers
Description: Mellick Lopes, A., Pfautsch, S. Blick, M. (2018). Materials that make heat worse for our kids demand a rethink by designers. The Conversation. April 11, 2018.
Title: The university campus as a transdisciplinary living laboratory
Description: Fam, D., Mellick Lopes, A., Crosby, A., Ross, K. (2017). The university campus as a transdisciplinary living laboratory. Integration and Implementation Insights blog

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