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Caroline McCaw

Caroline.McCaw@op.ac.nz

0000-0002-6775-7409

Caro is Academic Leader for Communication and teaches across a range of courses including Interaction Design and Studio Projects. She supervises Masters and Doctoral students. She is involved in a wide range of creative, local community and regional development projects often working with collaborative student-staff teams, and local community groups, including museums. Caro was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at SUNY Canton, in Upstate New York 2016-17 and is a winner of the AKO Aotearoa Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching Award (2014). Caro is Co-ordinator of DESIS Otago, a member of the international DESIS Network.

Art and design disciplines are often considered primarily useful for communicating concepts and ideas through sophisticated visual means. To this mix Caro adds social engagement strategies including user-focused design methods, and participatory and digital art practices to encourage new perspectives & behaviour change. Her research outcomes are varied – from museum practices, public experience design, to community change-making projects. She regularly collaborates and is developing a community of practice at OP around ‘project-based learning with communities’. In her international practice she draws upon New Zealand as a useful place to rethink theoretical strategies that contribute to identifying a contemporary experience of the local, timely in our post-COVID situation.

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