Sarah Pink


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Sarah is Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, which undertakes critical interdisciplinary and international research into the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of the design, use and futures of new and emerging technologies. She has a joint appointment across the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and the Faculty of Information Technology. 

Her research focuses on emerging intelligent technologies, automation, data, digital futures, safety and design for wellbeing. Current projects investigate autonomous driving vehicles, Mobility as a Service, digital energy futures, self tracking and wearable technologies, smart phone and personal technology futures, digital technology use in everyday life, and health care design. 

Sarah is a world leading Design Anthropologist, known for her development of innovative digital, visual and sensory research and dissemination methodologies, which she engages in interdisciplinary projects with design, engineering and creative practice disciplines to engage with contemporary issues and challenges. She has over 20 years experiences of working with academic and industry research partners internationally and frequently gives keynote and public lectures in academic and business environments internationally. She has published numerous academic books, peer referred journal articles and book chapters. 

Sarah's research has been funded by national research councils in Australia, UK, Sweden and Spain, and the EU, and through industry partnerships internationally. 


Sarah consults in her areas of expertise, focused on the social, cultural and experiential dimensions of technology design and use. She has experience of consulting with large companies as well as design, branding and research agencies internationally. 

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Output 2006 2019

Everyday mundane repair: banknotes and the material entanglements of improvisation and innovation

Pink, S., Salazar, J. F. & Duque, M., 2019, In : Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Noise transformation: a critical listening-based methodology for the design of motorway soundscapes

Lacey, J., Pink, S., Harvey, L. & Moore, S., 2019, In : Qualitative Research Journal. 19, 1, p. 49-64 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Patient-Centered Care and the Design of a Psychiatric Care Facility

Vaughan, L., Sumartojo, S. & Pink, S., 2019, Designing Cultures of Care. Vaughan, L. (ed.). London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 69-84 16 p.

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

Recycling traffic noise: transforming sonic automobilities for revalue and well being

Pink, S., Lacey, J., Harvey, L., Sumartojo, S., Duque, M. & Moore, S., 2019, In : Mobilities. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Atmospheres and the Experiential World: Theory and Methods

Sumartojo, S. & Pink, S., 2018, Oxon, UK: Routledge. 145 p. (Ambiances, Atmospheres and Sensory Experiences of Spaces)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review


2016 The CIOB Award for the Best International Paper

Helen Lingard (Recipient), Sarah Pink (Recipient), Jan Hayes (Recipient), Vanessa McDermott (Recipient) & James Harley (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Consultancy

City of Melbourne (External organisation)

Shanti Sumartojo (Member), Joanne Mihelcic (Member), Nicholas Walton Healey (Member), Bianca Vallentine (Member), Sarah Pink (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy