Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Evonne Miller
Position(s)
Director, QUT Design Lab
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Social Change
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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Identifiers and profiles
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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 Miller is an Associate Professor and Director of the QUT Design Lab in the Creative Industries Faculty. She has worked in the School of Design at QUT for the past decade and has previously held the positions of Research Leader (School of Design) and Director of Research Training (Creative Industries). 

Originally trained as an experimental social psychologist, Evonne holds a BA(Hons) and PhD in Psychology, and BCommerce (Marketing Management)from the University of Otago in New Zealand.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 Queensland division (08-11). With Associate Professor Inger Mewburn (aka the Thesis Whisperer), Evonne also co-edits a blog for thesis supervisors:  https://thesupervisionwhisperers.wordpress.com

 

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

Evonne Miller is an Associate Professor and Director of the QUT Design Lab in the Creative Industries Faculty. The QUT Design Lab  brings together researchers across our school, with expertise in in health and wellness, technology and design robotics, community change and sustainability – see: https://research.qut.edu.au/designlab/about/themes-platforms/

Drawing on her background in environmental/design psychology, Evonne’s own research focuses on how environments – built, technical, socio-cultural and natural – can better support and engage users, especially older people. Evonne has over 70 peer-reviewed publications, and has published widely in the fields of population ageing, health and wellbeing, urban design, climate change and sustainability, as well as disasters, vulnerability and resilience.

She has been awarded over two million dollars in competitive research grant funding, and is currently leading an Australian Research Council funded longitudinal qualitative research project tracking the lived experience of residential aged care (2013-2017).  This “Inside Aged Care” Project utilises participatory visual and creative arts (e.g., photovoice, poetry, art/drawing, digital storytelling etc) to understand, improve and communicate the lived experience of aged care. Their photographs, poems and narratives were exhibited at the State Library of Queensland in 2017 – see: https://insideagedcareproject.wordpress.com.

Evonne is currently collaboratively co-designing an app to support informal caregivers (a place to store and share information on daily routines, medicines, preferences etc), as well as a photographic exhbition on life as a carer for late 2018.

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

Evonne’s expertise is in collaborative, interdisciplinary and industry-relevant research, and she  has strong collaborations and research partnerships with a range of community organisations,  industries and government departments. Within the broad fields of social sustainability and social gerontology, she has been a Chief Investigator on three Australian Research Council Linkage project grants, specifically:

  • ‘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://insideagedcareproject.wordpress.com);
  • ‘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);
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
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Invited speaker at the ¿Diversity in Disaster: Communities and emergency management building resilience¿ Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Presented on ¿poetic inquiry, older people and disasters¿ (17-18 April 2018)
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2017
Details
In February 2017, Evonne was invited to Sydney to give the opening keynote for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation workshop/conference opening the ¿Living well in Multipurpose Services Collaborative¿ Initiative. MPS s are unique health care facilities providing small rural communities with a combination of Emergency, Acute, Community based and Residential Aged Care services - and over 2017, twenty five MPS Teams were supported using the pure Collaborative methodology to achieve rapid, small scale care improvements and share experiences.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2018
Details
Invited presentation to the UK Council of Graduate Education, on the aims and impact of a new blog for HDR Supervisiors (Supervision Whisperer, co-edited with The Thesis Whisperer, A/Prof Inger Mewburn) for a ¿Online Communities of Practice¿ workshop in England, organised by Liverpool John Moores University and Imperial College London (18 April 2018)
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2012
Details
In 2012, Evonne was made a Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), for contributions to Gerontology (the study of ageing). Evonne has served as AAG National Hon. Secretary (06-09) and AAG Queensland president (08-11), and was co-chair of the 2012 AAG annual conference "Challenging the Boundaries" in Brisbane where ~500 attendees shared and debated best innovative practice, research and policy in ageing.
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2014
Details
Invited keynote speaker at the International Congress on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in New Delhi, India

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

Supervision

  • I am interested in supervising research students related to my expertise in ageing, social sustainability, disasters and resilience, innovative approaches to engagement and communication, as well as topics on media, fashion and body image. Innovative qualitative projects, using visual and design approaches, are especially welcomed.

Current supervisions

  • The photographs of home: Photographic artefacts and their relationship with transition and identity in the lives of older people in aged care
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Leah King-Smith, Ms Geraldine Donoghue
  • Being Me on Instagram: How Indonesian Hijabers Reframed the Nexus of Piety and Modernity
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Adjunct Associate Professor Emma Baulch
  • Woven Narratives: The loom - making art and creating stories from aged care through tapestry weaving
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Victoria Garnons-Williams
  • Creating Meaningful Public Space through the Eyes of Indonesian Children
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Debra Cushing
  • Strong houses, strong voices: Sharing the lived experiences of post-natural builders in South Africa through digital storytelling
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Keith Armstrong
  • Preparing for Disaster: The Role of Place Based Organisations as Key Response Organisation
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Laurie Buys

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)