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Associate Professor Evonne Miller

Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Research Office,
CIF Research Office - HDR Student Office

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Name
Associate Professor Evonne Miller
Position(s)
Director of Research Training Projects
Creative Industries Faculty,
CIF Research Office,
CIF Research Office - HDR Student Office
Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Social Change
Discipline *
Other Built Environment and Design, Psychology, Sociology
Phone
+61 7 3138 9011
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Otago), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (University of Otago), Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing Management) (University of Otago)

Professional memberships
and associations

Evonne is a Fellow (2012) and Distinguished Member (2009) of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), Australia’s largest multidisciplinary professional association of people working in the diverse fields of ageing. She was co-conference chair of the AAG’s National Conference in 2012 (Ageing: Challenging the Boundaries) and has held an array of leadership roles, including National Honorary Secretary (06-09) and President of the Queensland division (08-11).

Keywords

Ageing, Body Image And The Media, Social Impact Assessment, Social Sustainability, Water Recycling

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Associate Professor Evonne Miller is the Director, Research Training for the Creative Industries Faculty (CIF).  She is responsible for developing, monitoring and improving research training – for research Masters and PhD students, as well as their supervisors – across the Faculty.

In terms of her own research, she is an environmental psychologist based in the School of Design, CIF.  Her interdisciplinary mixed-methods research focuses on the complex real-world social change challenges facing society today – climate change, sustainability and population ageing. In the past five years, she has been awarded over two million dollars in competitive research grant funding for projects exploring the interrelationships between people, their built, technical and natural environments, with over 70 peer reviewed publications in these areas.

Her ageing-related research focuses on understanding and facilitating quality of life for older adults. Evonne is currently leading an Australian Research Council funded longitudinal qualitative research project tracking the expectations and lived experiences of  ~40 new aged care residents, as well as the views of their nominated family members and services providers. This “Inside Aged Care” Project is utilising participatory visual and creative arts (e.g., photovoice, poetry, art/drawing, tapestry weaving, digital storytelling etc) to better understand, improve and communicate the lived experience of aged care. See:  https://www.qut.edu.au/research/research-projects/happiness-in-residential-aged-care

Her sustainability-related research focuses on the social, ecological, economic and design implications of climate change impacts and adaptation decision making.  Recent projects have explored the regional planning for sustainable communities, the experience of inner-urban higher-density living, life in sustainable buildings, and risk perceptions of potentially controversial technologies such as carbon sequestration and water recycling. More broadly, she is interested in  how contemporary societal norms and values affect life/career choices, with her PhD from the University of Otago exploring the relationship between media use and women’s body image perception and satisfaction.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Evonne Miller.

Teaching

Evonne’s teaching responsibilities have focused on research methods, sustainability and social-cultural issues. Recent courses she has taught include:

  • First year – ‘Introducing Sustainability’ (Faculty-wide unit)
  • Second year – ‘Socio-Cultural Studies’ (Industrial design unit)
  • Fourth year – ‘Design & Research’ (School-wide unit)
  • Fourth year – ‘Architectural Research 2’ (Architecture unit)
  • Fourth year – ‘Survey Methods’ (Humanities & Human Services unit)
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Evonne Miller.

Experience

External collaborations: Evonne’s expertise is in collaborative, interdisciplinary and industry-relevant research, providing environmental psychology disciplinary knowledge, quantitative and qualitative methodological expertise. Within the broad fields of social sustainability and social gerontology, she  has strong collaborations and research partnerships  with a range of community organisations,  industries and government departments. She is a Chief Investigator on three Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grants:

  • ‘Growing Sustainable Regions: Developing a Rural Statistical Sustainability Framework’ (utilising interactive GIS technologies to visualise the economic, environmental and social issues facing rural Australia and foster evidence-based decision-making)
  •  ‘Community Liveability: Impact on Social Connectedness and Active Ageing’ (utilises portable GPS trackers to track and better understand how the built environment facilitates – or hinders – older people’s daily lives in urban and rural Queensland)
  • ‘Facilitating active ageing in residential aged care: strategies, opportunities and future directions’ (longitudinal qualitative research project utilising creative arts-based methodologies to better understand a how quality of life can be maximised for older Australians living in aged care, see:https://www.qut.edu.au/research/research-projects/happiness-in-residential-aged-care )
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Evonne Miller.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2012
Details
Co-chair of the 2012 Australian Association of Gerontology annual conference in Brisbane, "Challenging the Boundaries", where ~500 delegates discussed, shared and debated best innovative practice, research and policy in ageing.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2008
Details
Evonne served as AAG National Hon. Secretary (06-09) and AAG Queensland president (08-11). The AAG is Australia's largest multi-disciplinary network for people working in, and researching, ageing.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Facilitating Active Ageing in Residential Aged Care: Strategies, Opportunities and Future Directions
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP130100036
Start year
2013
Keywords
Acitve Ageing, Population Ageing, Residential Aged Care
Title
The Neglected Dimension Of Community Liveability: Impact On Social Connectedness And Active Ageing
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0883447
Start year
2009
Keywords
Community Liveability, Social Engagement, Community Well Being, Social Isolation, Population Ageing
Title
Growing Sustainable Regions: Developing a Rural Statistical Sustainability Framework
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0776795
Start year
2008
Keywords
Sustainable Regions, Rural Sustainability, Regional Growth, Spatial Decision Support Systems, Economic Development, Decision Making
Title
Identifying Sustainability framework and key variables: Preparing for the future
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT13041
Start year
2009
Keywords
Sustainability, Indicators, Triple Bottom Line, Agriculture
Title
Developing a Social Impact Assessment for the Australian Dairy Industry
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
QUT12155
Start year
2005
Keywords
Dairy, Social, Impact, Community.

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