Cameron Tonkinwise came to the University of New South Wales Art & Design from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design, where he was Director of Design Studies and Doctoral Studies. Before that he was the Associate Dean of Sustainability at Parsons The New School for Design, and co-chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at the New School in NYC.
Cameron has a background in continental philosophy and continues to research what design practice can learn from material cultural studies and sociologies of technology. His primary area of research and teaching is sustainable design. Cameron is widely published on the ways in which service design can advance social sustainability by decoupling use and ownership – what these days is referred to as the ‘sharing economy.’ He has also been a strong advocate for the importance of critical practice-based design research. Cameron’s current focus, in collaboration with colleagues at CMU and an international network of scholar-practitioners, is transition design – design-enabled multi-level, multi-stage structural change toward more sustainable futures.