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Jesse Adams Stein

Senior Lecturer & Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Design, University of Technology Sydney

Dr Jesse Adams Stein is an interdisciplinary design researcher specialising in the relationship between technology, work and material culture. Her research shifts between historical and contemporary contexts and focuses on the quieter and less fashionable aspects of design: industrial craft, manufacturing, repair, skill loss and human redundancy in the face of economic and technological change.

Stein's current (postdoctoral) research project – Reshaping Australian Manufacturing – investigates the ongoing significance of industrial craft in Australian manufacturing. She is also co-Chief Investigator on an emerging collaborative project - Repair Design - which examines repair as design, and opens up informed, realistic and meaningful public discourse about repair practices, capacities, rights and limitations in an Australian context (with Co-CI: A. Crosby, AIs: T. Lee, K. Scardifield, C. Cooper).

Stein is the author of Hot Metal: Material Culture & Tangible Labour (Manchester University Press, 2016), which re-examines technological change and workplace upheaval in the Australian printing industry between the 1960s and the 1980s.


  • 2016–present
    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, UTS
  • 2015–2016
    Faculty Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, UTS


  • 2014 
    University of Technology Sydney, PhD (Design)
  • 2009 
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MA (Design history / art history)
  • 2005 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Art Theory (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Repair Design: Shared Knowledge & Practice
    Funding Source:
    UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building / Project Initiation Grant
  • 2017
    Reshaping Australian Manufacturing Oral History Project
    Funding Source:
    Partnership with National Library of Australia
  • 2016
    Funding Source:
    UTS Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

Professional Memberships

  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Design History Society
  • Oral History NSW