Luke Feast

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Senior Lecturer




  • Ph.D., Swinburne University of Technology
  • GDipArts (Applied), Victoria University of Wellington
  • MDes (Distinction), Victoria University of Wellington
  • BDes, Victoria University of Wellinton


I work on non-traditional expanded practices of design-led innovation in interdisciplinary contexts. Areas of specialisation: design for sustainability, design anthropology, collaborative design, and public and social innovation.

Research interests:

The transition to a sustainable society not only presents global challenges but also opportunities for designers to reframe their practices towards engaging with communities with a focus on environmental and geopolitical issues. My work on environmental issues in design includes: receiving my master of design with distinction for my research on design philosophy and environmental issues, publishing several papers on sustainable design.

I have taught and published on design approaches to translating human values into meaningful stories and engaging experiences. Design anthropology is an approach that supports collective meaning making and communication of identities to future generations. My work on cultural issues and design anthropology includes: delivering the teaching and learning within the Master of Design Anthropology programme at Swinburne University of Technology, completing a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Applied) in Social Science Research, using design anthropological research methods in my doctoral dissertation, and advising master level projects on storytelling and fiction film making.

Collaborative Design
I have experience in using collaborative design and participatory innovation practices in solving practical problems. Collaborative design supports the communication of the various different perspectives of the actors who have a stake in the design processes. My work on collaborative design includes: Ten years experience in teaching interdisciplinary collaborative design at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, completing doctoral research on the collaborative design activity of interdisciplinary design teams, and publishing several articles and papers on collaborative design.

Public and Social Innovation
Humanity is facing complex problems where different social contexts, systems, and worldviews intersect. Public and social institutions can play an important role in addressing complex problems using evidence-based design and behaviour data to create public value, service quality, and responsive governance. My work on public and social innovation includes: investigating evidence-based design approaches to public and social innovation in my post-doctoral research at Aalto University, organising a special track on evidence-based design for public-sector innovation at the DRS2016 conference, and publishing several articles and papers on service design and systemic design in public and social innovation.

Teaching summary:

2019: Industrial Design Studio I, Industrial Design Technology I, Industrial Design Context I, Industrial Design Context II, Industrial Design Studio VI
2018: Industrial Design Studio IV, Industrial Design Context I
2016: Personal Project, Design Theory & Methodology, User Inspired Design, Design Research,
2015: Design Theory & Methodology, User Inspired Design, Personal Project
2014: Methods of Investigation, Principles & Theories of Sustainable Design, Building Sustainable Design Practices, Research Methods for Design, Methods of Investigation, Industrial Design Studio
2013: Methods of Investigation, Building Sustainable Design Practices, Research Methods for Design
2012: Research Methods for Design
2011: User Centred Design Research, Design Thinking
2010: User Centred Design Research
2009: Industrial Design Studio, Design as Inquiry, Design Research, History of Digital Media/ History of Industrial Design
2008: Live Theory, Materials and Processes, History and Theory of Design, Drawing & Modelling Fundamentals, History of Digital Media/ History of Industrial Design
2007: Design Research, History and Theory of Design, Industrial Design Theory & Criticism, Critical Studies
2006: History of Landscape Architecture

Professional activities:

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • Innovation and Excellence in Learning Teaching and Assessment Award, Swinburne University of Technology (2014)
  • Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award, Swinburne University of Technology (2009 - ongoing)

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Associate Editor, She Ji - The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation (2019 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

Book chapters

  • Melles, G., & Feast, L. (2013). Design Thinking and Critical Approaches: the Pragmatist Compromise. In T. Vaikla-Poldma (Ed.), Meanings of Design Spaces (pp. 360-369). New york: Fairchild Books/A Division of Bloomsbury Publications.

Conference contributions

  • Feast, L. (2018). Constitutional realism and sustainability: Lessons learned from a systemic design investigation of New Zealand’s democratic system. In S. Barbero (Ed.), Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD7) 2018 Symposium (pp. 40-48). Turin: Politecnico di Torino. Retrieved from

  • Huusko, M., Kholina, A., & Feast, L. (2017). Deadline: Exploring Fiction Short Film to Communicate Subjective Design Knowledge. In REDO Cumulus Conference. Kolding: Design School Kolding. Retrieved from

  • Sustar, H., & Feast, L. (2016). Problematizing Evidence-Based Design: A Case Study of Designing for Services in the Finnish Government. In DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking Vol. 9 (pp. 3635-3652). Brighton. doi:10.21606/drs.2016.346

  • Feast, L., & Blijlevens, J. (2014). Mixed method research procedure for design education. In NordDesign 2014: Creating Together (pp. 125-134). Espoo.

  • Feast, L. (2014). Creating Organisational Knowledge Through Strategic Business Model Design. In DRS 2014: Design’s Big Debates. Umeå.

  • Feast, L. (2013). Investigating the Significance of Informal Interactions within Interdisciplinary Design Activity. In IASDR 2013: Consilience and Innovation in Design. Tokyo.

  • Feast, L. (2011). Conditions and Constraints of Collaborative Designerly Work. In IASDR 2011: Diversity and unity. Delft.

  • Feast, L. (2011). Stop, Collaborate and Listen: An Ethnography of Collaborative Design Practice. In Design PhD Conference 2011. Lancaster.

  • Feast, L. (2010). Epistemological Positions Informing Theories of Design Research: Implications for the Design Discipline and Design Practice. In DRS 2010: Design and Complexity. Montreal.

  • Feast, L. (2007). A Problematic Approach to the Science of Sustainable Design. In IASDR 2007: Emerging Trends in Design Research. Hong Kong.

  • Feast, L. (2006). The Discrete and the Continuous in Architecture and Design. In DRS 2016: Wonderground. Lisbon.

Other outputs