Dr. Woodward’s current research interests focus on the role of creative industries in regional Australia, and investigates representations of contemporary Australian identity through designed artefacts.

Through her applied practice, Margaret explores cultural iconography through designed artefacts such as tourist ephemera, souvenirs and heritage interpretation centres.

Margaret has recently been guest editor on a special issue on social dimensions of graphic design in visual:design:scholarship the research journal of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA)

  • Investigating the role of creative industries in creating sustainable communities in regional Australia
  • Greetings from… – analysing the construction of destinations and myths in representations of Australian culture and society through vintage tourist ephemera
  • The use of Grounded Theory as a research methodology in design research
  • Contributing to The Australia Project, a series of creative initiatives dedicated to exploring the national Australian identity.

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Dr. Margaret Woodward is currently the Head of School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University (CSU). Margaret was awarded a PhD (Design) from Curtin University of Technology in 2009, investigating the field of interpretation design and the role of design in communicating and framing ideas about Australia’s natural and cultural heritage. View full PhD thesis through espace@curtin here.

Margaret graduated from Curtin University of Technology (PhD Design), the University of Tasmania (Bachelor of Arts – Geography and Sociology; Bachelor of Fine Arts – Graphic Design; and a Diploma of Education). Margaret has previously held positions lecturing in Visual Communication, Communication Design and Graphic Design at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania; the National Institute of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne and managed partner programs in Sydney and Hong Kong. Margaret was also a founding member of the Workhorse Design group in Hobart and has received a number of industry awards for her design work.

Margaret is a member of the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) research centre at CSU, The Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA), and Interpretation Australia Association (IAA). Margaret is on the national executive of ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art and Design Education)

The Way Life Should Be – (Pecha-kucha presentation), superdeluxe@Artspace, Sydney Biennale, 2010

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