Senior Research Fellow - RMIT University
Co-creative and participatory engagements can be an effective form of inclusive futuremaking. In recent years, there has been growing interest and encouragement across different urban sectors to bring together diverse needs, desires, and experiences in co-creative processes to inform future changes, as a form of caring with and for specific stakeholder groups. This talk encourages us to go beyond the institutionalised and increasingly formulaic approaches to care and participatory engagements, and question who is actually being included and excluded, how co-creation is carried out, and to what end, by sharing experiences of care-full design endeavours.
Dr Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Previously, she was the Director of the QUT Urban Informatics Research Lab and founded FoodCHI as a network and a field of research. As a transdisciplinary researcher, her approach to urban sustainability recognises ‘play’ and ‘care’ as the core of transformational encounters in cities as complex cyberphysical networks. She builds on this to explore, often through playful and participatory engagements, how design at scale – from interaction to experience, service, and strategic design, for example – can be done care-fully in different cultural contexts. Currently, she is exploring care-full design for liveable and equitable urban futures across three inter-related domains: self-care and mutual aid; creative and impactful research methods, and; co-creative urban transformation.