Lisa Helen Grocott


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Professor Lisa Grocott is a design researcher who thrives on collaborating with interdisciplinary teams on individual and cultural transformation projects. After a decade at Parsons in New York, she currently leads the Future of Work and Learning research program in the Emerging Technologies Lab at Monash University. In the US she worked with Grit, Belonging and Mindset researchers, in Australia she has collaborated with academic and industry partners in the learning sciences, education, organizational change and other creative methodologists. Lisa’s translational research is regularly published and has been awarded more than $2.5 million in funding. She was recently a CI on the ARC-funded Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change linkage grant with collaborators at the University of Melbourne and recently published a book on Design for Transformative Learning for Routledge’s Design for Social Responsibility series. 

The Future of Work and Learning research program responds to the call for continuous learning, unlearning and reskilling through designing encounters and environments that are playful, welcoming, mindful and adaptive. Co-creating with educators, learners, workers and leaders, our applied research works with future-focused methodologies to unsettle out-of-date mental models, shift learning mindsets and envisage never-before-seen work practices and learning processes. Lisa is currently the Director of WonderLab, a diverse interdisciplinary learning community within the Emerging Technologies Lab and the home for design and ethnography PhD candidates from five continents with a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds. 

Previously, Lisa has had decades of leadership experience, including roles as the Dean of Academic Initiatives at Parsons in New York, Head of Design at Monash and Post-graduate Research Director at RMIT in Melbourne. Lisa was born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand with whakapapa to Ngāti Kahungunu on her mother’s side and Pākeha from Waikato on her father’s side. Her undergraduate education's indigenous and interdisciplinary lessons underpin the integrative, pluralistic and relational orientation of her co-creative, participatory research and practice.

Designing for Transformative Learning: resources, narratives and case studies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Design, Masters, Design Research as an integral component of professional practice, RMIT University

Award Date: 1 Nov 2000

Design, PhD, RMIT University

Award Date: 31 Oct 2000

Fine Arts, Masters, RMIT University

Award Date: 30 Nov 1997

Design and American Studies, Bachelors, The Cultural Appropriation of Maori Motifs in Graphic Design, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 1 Nov 1991

Research area keywords

  • Design Research
  • Play and Pedagogy
  • Transformative learning
  • Behaviour Change
  • Games
  • Practice-based research
  • Interdisciplinary Research

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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