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Cameron Tonkinwise

Cameron Tonkinwise

Cameron Tonkinwise

Cameron has a background in philosophy and his doctoral dissertation concerned the educational philosophies of Martin Heidegger. He continues to research what designers can learn from philosophies of making, material culture studies and sociologies of technology. His primary area of research is sustainable design, focusing on the design of systems that lower societal materials intensity, primarily by decoupling use and ownership - in other words, systems of shared use. Cameron has published a range of articles on the role of design, particularly service design, in the promotion of the sharing economy and collaborative consumption. He has extensive experience with practice-based design research, having supervised and examined reflective practice and artifact-based research projects and written about the epistemologies particular to this kind of work.

Cameron was the Associate Dean Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, and before that Co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center and the Chair of Design Thinking and Sustainability in the School of Design Strategies. He was Director of Design Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney, and executive Director of Change Design, formerly known as the EcoDesign Foundation.