SMT 11

Volume 11 is a collection of research papers focused on the relationship between design education, practice and research. The first two papers set out to describe the current state of doctoral studies in design discourse, with particular emphasis on practice based inquiry. These are followed by a number of papers which detail specific examples of projects within design education that address issues such as the ‘T-shaped’ design professional, the value of interdisciplinary collaboration, socially responsible design through cross-cultural experiences and the importance of connectivity to the natural world. Overall, the papers suggest the gradual emergence of new directions in design education, which position the designer and design itself as a more flexible and relevant response to continuing global change.