Researcher profile for Machiko Niimi
Machiko is a Senior Lecturer and the Academic Leader for Product Design and postgraduate studies. Machiko has a Master of Design from the University of Otago and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology which she has found useful for informing her design practice. Prior to joining the Design School staff, she was Co-Director of Ooid Design. Sustainability and product design have been a recurring theme of Machiko's design career. She uses human-centred design strategies, design-thinking and design for sustainable behaviour. Her teaching and supervision emphasises partnerships with communities and local organisations.