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Stephen is Professor in UX Design & Design Intelligence at School of Design. Before this role, Stephen was the joint Head of MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) and MA/MSc Global Innovation Design (GID) programmes at Royal College of Art, which were delivered jointly with Imperial College London; and the RCA Director of RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab, London.

Before the RCA, Stephen was Senior Lecturer and the Program Director of Interaction Design in the Department of Design and Founding Director of the Monash, Tsinghua and Zokei University joint laboratory the International Tangible Interaction Design Lab. He has a PhD in Architecture Design from Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), an MA in Interaction Design from Tama Art University, Tokyo, an MEng in Simulation Technology from the Royal Melbourne Institution of Technology, Melbourne, and a BA in Industrial Design from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Before working at Monash University, Stephen was a Professor at Tokyo Zokei University, Japan, Senior Lecturer at the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and a professional designer at several design consulting firms. His design practice focuses on innovation in interactive installations, interactive controlling systems and informational products.

The focus of Stephen’s research and practise is the exploration of new design methods, technology possibilities and related curriculum development in the field of innovative design. In recent years, he has published peer-reviewed papers in journals including Material Horizons and PLOS ONE, patents, book chapters and authored academic books with Springer and Tsinghua University Press. As an experienced interaction and industrial designer, he has been involved in commercial product development, led major research projects and exhibited across Australia, China and Japan.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Engineering (Simulation Technology), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University

Master of Arts, Tama Art University

Doctor of Fine Arts, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

Bachelor of Arts, Tsinghua University


  • L Education (General)
  • Design Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • Design Intelligence
  • Sustainable Design
  • QM Human anatomy
  • Human Factors
  • UX Design


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