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Manuela Taboada

Senior Lecturer, Visual Design, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Manuela Taboada is a visual designer with over 15 years experience working in the intersection of design, environmental and social sciences.

She has worked as a lecturer, designer and researcher in Australia, Brazil, East-Timor and Fiji, and made contributions in the areas of collaborative design, place identity, design activism, design thinking, community development and stakeholder engagement.

Dr Taboada currently leads a transdisciplinary research project that aims to change behaviour in relation to plastic waste.

Her main research interest is in in the social aspects of design practice, using design as a tool to facilitate the emergence of social identities and behavioral change.


  • –present
    Lecuturer, Visual Design, Queensland University of Technology


  • 2009 
    University of New England, PhD / Humanities