Dr Abby Mellick Lopes is a design theorist with 20 years' experience in the field of design for sustainability. She is Associate Professor of Design Studies at UTS, and a Research Associate of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University. Her current collaborative research project Cooling the Commons, explores the liveability of Western Sydney in a climate-changed future in partnership with Landcom and researchers across Western Sydney University and UTS. Other recent projects include a project exploring the relationship between cultural diversity and responsible waste management practices
in Canterbury-Bankstown, and drivers of trust in public drinking water with Sydney Water, in a project led by Professor Gay Hawkins at ICS. She also researches in visual communication design and has a long-standing interest in how image ecologies mediate sociomaterial relationships. As a Partner Investigator, she co-led the visual communications strand of the transdisciplinary project Transitioning to Sustainable Sanitation Futures, led by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS in 2010-2011, a project that won a Green Globe award for environmental innovation in 2012. She publishes widely on design and design for sustainability. Abby is an Associate of The Studio at the Edge of the World (http://www.thestudioattheedgeoftheworld.com).