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Senior Lecturer, Sustainable Design Theory, University of South Australia

Robert Crocker, D.Phil (oxon), is a Senior Lecturer in Design History and Theory in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia. With an Oxford doctorate in Modern History, Robert became interested in sustainability twenty years ago through community work on pedestrian rights and safety, and this led him to help develop the University’s interdisciplinary Master of Sustainable Design program about seven years ago, which he now teaches in. His most recent publication was Designing for Zero Waste, coedited with Steffen Lehmann (Routledge, 2012), and Motivating Change (also co-edited with Steffen Lehmann, Routledge, July, 2013). His research interests include the history of modern consumer culture and design, and the use and representation of the past and the future in design and consumerism. His previous research and publications, deriving from his doctoral research, were on the relationship between early modern science, philosophy and religion. He is a member of the University’s Zero Waste Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, and of the new China Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Design (CAC-SUD).