Skye Doherty

Design research for wicked problems and alternate futures


Design researcher | Emerging artist

I am a creative and strategic thinker with a track record of innovation, a focus on social impact and an international profile. I am an expert in using design-led methods to explore alternative futures and address wicked problems.

I have worked on projects in journalism, law, education, disaster resilience and energy, among others. My work has led to both conceptual and practical outcomes, including an award-winning storytelling tool, legislative change, new educational products, and original thinking.

My experience spans leading international media companies, research institutions, and startups. I have led multidisciplinary teams and regularly work within governance structures. I have published and presented internationally.

As an artist, I am interested in responding visually to themes that emerge from my research. My current work is inspired by the wet sclerophyll forests of Mount Glorious and the impact of environmental change. The process of mark-making is central to this practice, which explores the tonal and expressive qualities of ink alongside drawing, rubbing, and stitching.

I am based at the University of Queensland where I run the Global Change Scholars Program and lead the Design for Social Change theme within the Centre for Communication and Social Change. I study at the Brisbane Institute of Art.

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