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Abby Mellick Lopes

Associate Professor, Design Studies, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney

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 (


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Design, Western Sydney University