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Gene Bawden

Assoc Professor

20022020
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Biography

Gene Bawden is a communication designer and Deputy Head of MADA’s Design Department.

His research and design practice embraces the confluence of the material, the visual and the spatial, and the narratives of belonging articulated in each. Specifically he interrogates the design of Australian domestic spaces constructed as a prescriptive but highly charged representation of cultural belonging, social alignment and gendered expectation. His work reveals the historical context of Australia’s highly gendered spatial alliances, and the rich interplay of semiotics embodied within the constraints of the country’s Western-centric domestic milieu.

Gene is a member of the Faculty’s XYX Lab, which affords him the opportunity to combine his knowledge of gendered spatial practices and his communication design expertise within collaborative research projects aimed at mitigating gender inequity in Australia’s urban environments. Key to the Lab’s methodologies is the facilitation of Design Thinking processes using bespoke material tools of enquiry. This is an area of investigation that is increasingly part of Gene’s expanding area of material/spatial research; and manifests in his teaching through MADA’s design curriculum and the Monash MBA “Design Thinking” unit.

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Projects 2009 2020

Improving the Safety of Women and Girls on Public Transport

Taft, A., Kalms, N., Bawden, G., Matthewson, G., Hooker, L., Forsdike-Young, K. & Henry, N.

22/08/1931/12/20

Project: Research

Yours, mine, ours

Bawden, G.

11/07/1918/10/19

Project: Research

Design Thinking Workshop: Moreland City Council

Kalms, N., Bawden, G., Edwards, A., Korsmeyer, H. & Condliffe, Z.

3/06/1920/12/19

Project: Consultancy

Co-Make Melbourne

Richardson, M., Bawden, G., Szymkowiak, P., Larence, J., Akama, Y., Elliott, S., Mathwin, H. & Murphy, P.

4/03/1931/01/20

Project: Research

Research Output 2002 2018

Design as creativity within a culture of meaning

Bawden, G., 2018, Associations: Creative Practice and Research. Oliver, J. (ed.). Carlton, Vic, Australia: Monash University Publishing, p. 175-191 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Girl walk: Identity, GIS technology and safety in the city for women and girls

Kalms, N., Condliffe, Z., Matthewson, G., Salen, P., Edwards, A. & Bawden, G., 2018, SOAC 2017. Adelaide, SA, Australia: Australian Cities Research Network, 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Just so fucking beautiful

Kalms, N. & Bawden, G., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formDesign / ArchitectureResearch

Pride of Place: Co-design, community engagement and the Victorian Pride Centre

Bawden, G. & Edwards, A., 2018, In : Fusion. 13, p. 43-63 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Lines of gold: W. H. Rocke & Co. and the art of colonial retail persuasion

Bawden, G., 2016, Gold: Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. Brennan, A. & Goad, P. (eds.). Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Vol. 33. p. 44 - 54 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Prizes

2018 Dean's Award for Research Impact

Nicole Kalms (Recipient), Gene Bawden (Recipient), Pamela Salen (Recipient), Gill Matthewson (Recipient), Allison Edwards (Recipient) & Hannah Korsmeyer (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2016 2018

  • 3 Public event
  • 1 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

Crowd-mapping: Workingshopping a new urban imaginary

Nicole Kalms (Director), Hannah Korsmeyer (Contributor), Gene Bawden (Contributor), Allison Edwards (Contributor), Pam Salen (Contributor), Gillian Matthewson (Contributor)
21 Mar 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Safer Cities: a co-design workshop led by Monash University's XyX Lab with Plan International, CrowdSpot and Arup

Nicole Kalms (Director), Gene Bawden (Contributor), Gill Matthewson (Contributor), Pamela Salen (Contributor), Alli Edwards (Contributor), Hannah Korsmeyer (Contributor)
9 Mar 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Free to Be / Design Thinking

Nicole Kalms (Director), Gene Thomas Bawden (Contributor), Allison Antonia-Marie Edwards (Contributor), Pam Salen (Contributor), Gillian Mary Matthewson (Contributor), Hannah Katherine Korsmeyer (Contributor)
20 Mar 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Design Thinking Pride Thinking

Nicole Kalms (Organiser), Gene Bawden (Organiser), Gill Matthewson (Organiser), Pamela Salen (Organiser), Alli Edwards (Organiser)
22 Oct 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

ABC NEWS: 'These sustainable urban design ideas could help Melbourne reclaim most liveable city crown'

Nicole Kalms, Gene Bawden, Pamela Salen, Gill Matthewson, Allison Edwards & Hannah Korsmeyer

22/03/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

BUSTLE: 'The Australian Government’s Gender Equality Map Lets You Log Places Where You’ve Experienced Sexism'

Nicole Kalms, Gene Bawden, Pam Salen, Gillian Matthewson, Allison Edwards, Hannah Korsmeyer, Anthony Aisenberg, Finn Robertson & Ben Sturmfels

5/11/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

GLOBAL CITIZEN: 'An Unprecedented Gender Equality Map Just Launched in Melbourne'

Nicole Kalms, Gene Bawden, Pam Salen, Gillian Matthewson, Allison Edwards, Hannah Korsmeyer, Anthony Aisenberg, Finn Robertson & Ben Sturmfels

31/10/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

ARCHITECTURE AUSTRALIA: 'Digital mapping project exposes ‘alarming levels of harassment’ worldwide'

Nicole Kalms, Gene Bawden, Pam Salen, Gill Matthewson, Allison Edwards & Hannah Korsmeyer

15/10/18

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature