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Design Lecturer, University of Sydney

Dr Clare M. Cooper is a designer, performer and educator. Her research focuses on agency-building through creative collaboration, and how emerging forms of activism inform policy and public discourse. Clare’s work spans futuring, pedagogy, interdisciplinary design research, workshop facilitation, consultation, and the performing arts. She completed her Ph.D. at Macquarie University.

Over the last two decades, Cooper has brought together thousands of people to work together on community initiatives through co-founding the NOW now (2001), Splinter Orchestra (Sydney 2000), Splitter Orchester (Berlin 2009), Frontyard Projects (2016) and most recently Climate Strike Workshop (UTS 2019), and Design Activism Workshop (USYD 2019).

Cooper has consulted on government projects, community grants and policy development with the City of Sydney, Create NSW, and National Association for Visual Arts and is a member of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee to Inner West Council.

Her work has been published by Bomb Magazine (USA), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Portal Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies (Australia), All Conference (Australia), Echtzeitmusik (Germany), Australian Music Centre, and Space 3 (Australia). As a musician, her international performances and compositions have been featured on Australia's ABC, Germany's SWR and UK's BBC and have been published by Mikroton (Russia), Splitrec (Australia), and High Zero (USA).


  • 2019–2020
    Lecturer, The University of Sydney
  • 2014–2019
    Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney