Guy Collier

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Research Officer



Guy is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in sociology, comparative religion, anthropology, and design. He completed a master’s in social anthropology at the University of Auckland in 2011 and has recently completed his doctorate with AUT’s School of Art & Design.

Research interests:

Guy’s research explores how design as a creative practice can improve people's health and wellbeing. Recognising the philosophical limitations of Western medicine and how this plays out in the current healthcare system, his work considers what we can learn from ‘alternative’ (i.e. non-Western) healing practices and cosmologies. He actively contributes to teaching and research in the emerging field of design for health.

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Collier, G., Kayes, N., Reay, S., & Bill, A. (2017). Designing for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): A Design Anthropological Perspective. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 242, 445-448. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-798-6-445

  • Reay, S. D., Collier, G., Douglas, R., Hayes, N., Nakarada-Kordic, I., Nair, A., & Kennedy-Good, J. (2017). Prototyping collaborative relationships between design and healthcare experts: Mapping the patient journey. Design for Health, 1(1). doi:10.1080/24735132.2017.1294845

  • Reay, S. D., Collier, G., Kennedy-Good, J., Old, A., Douglas, R., & Bill, A. (2016). Designing the future of healthcare together: Prototyping a hospital co-design space. CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts, 13(4). doi:10.1080/15710882.2016.1160127

Conference contributions

  • Collier, G., Kayes, N., Reay, S. D., Bill, A., & Hayes, N. (2017). Design Anthropology and the medicalisation of ageing: Reflections on Designing for mild cognitive impairment. In Design4Health, Melbourne. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Design4Health 2017. Melbourne Victoria.

  • Collier, G., Hayes, N., Norris, P., Hale, L., Peri, K., Mudge, S., . . . Kayes, N. (2017). 'Feeling Like a Ghost': Insights developed through a co-design approach. In New Zealand Rehabilitation Conference: Making an Impact. Christchurch.

  • Reay, S. D., & Collier, G. (2017). Designing situated learning experiences: interdisciplinary collaboration for design education in healthcare. In Harnessing the Power of Technology to Improve Lives Vol. 242 (pp. 1030-1033). Sheffield: IOS Press. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-798-6-1030

  • Collier, G., Kayes, N., Hale, L., Norris, P., Peri, K., Babbage, D., . . . Hayes, N. (2016). Living well with mild cognitive impairment: Designing an interactive online resource. In New Zealand Applied Neurosciences Conference (NZANC). Auckland: Karger. Retrieved from

  • Reay, S. D., Bill, A., Collier, G., & Kennedy-Good, J. (2015). Designing authentic learning experiences: Interdisciplinary collaboration between design and healthcare. In Building an Enabling Society. 2 Grey St, Wellington.

  • Reay, S., Collier, G., Bill, A., Kennedy-Good, J., & Old, A. (2015). Designing New Healthcare Experiences: prototyping a physical space that enables a design approach to improving patient experiences in hospital.. In Conference on Design4Health. Sheffield.

  • Bill, A., Collier, G., & Reay, S. (2015). Making Things Happen: Experiments in prototyping from a Hospital Design Lab. In Virtuous Circle Summer Cumulus Conference. Milan.

  • Reay, S. D., Collier, G., Bill, A., Kennedy-Good, J., & Old, A. (2015). Designing New Healthcare Experiences: Prototyping a
    physical space that enables a design approach to
    improving patient experiences in hospital. In Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Design4Health (pp. 1-13). Sheffield.

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