Personal profile


Sarah Pink is an award winning design and futures anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, whose work is influential internationally both inside and beyond academia. In 2023 Sarah was awarded a prestigious five-year Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, two Honorary Doctorates from Malmo and Halmstad Universities in Sweden, three Australia Good Design Awards, and the Simon Professorial Fellowship at Manchester University, UK. 

Sarah is currently Professor and Director of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab at Monash, where she engages and innovates interdisciplinary and international research approaches to offer fresh perspectives and realistic future visions and foresight about the role of human futures in shaping the better design, useof new, emerging and possible technologies. She has a joint appointment across the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and the Faculty of Information Technology. 

Sarah 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 and directed several documentaries. Sarah is also known for her career-long focus on innovating new research and dissemination methodologies, and engaging design futures, digital, visual and sensory methods in interdisciplinary projects to engage with contemporary issues and challenges. 

Sarah's research has been funded by national research councils in Australia, UK, Sweden, Norway 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. 

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Anthropology , PhD, University of Kent

Social Anthropology, 1st class BA Hons, University of Kent

Visual Anthropology , MA, University of Manchester

External positions

Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

2019 → …

International Visiting Professor, Hogskolan i Halmstad (Halmstad University)

2014 → …

Visiting Professor, Loughborough University

2012 → …

Research area keywords

  • design anthropology
  • emerging technologies
  • innovative ethnography
  • visual ethnography
  • automated decision making
  • future mobilities
  • future health
  • future energy
  • future of work

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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