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Lecturer, Visual Communications / Social Design, Western Sydney University

Dr Leo Robba is an artist, designer and academic who lecturers in Social Design at Western Sydney University. Robba’s research and Social Design practice (The Painted River Project) focuses on design thinking for planetary health, communication for sustainability and ways to engage and educate communities through participatory art, design and science. A central theme to this work is designs potential to support communities to question behaviours on issues relating to water use, the ecology, human health and wellbeing and our dependence on natural systems. He is a long-time collaborator with Professor Tony Capon, MSDI and John Reid, ANU (Emeritus) on projects such as Contested Landscape of Sydney and more recently The Painted River Project. Robba is a leading Australian landscape artist who lives and works in the Blue Mountains. His work is represented in many public and private collections including, Parliament House, Canberra, QUT, Brisbane, Maitland Regional Gallery, Brisbane City Hall Gallery, among others.