Oya Demirbilek


Oya Demirbilek is a Professor of Industrial Design at UNSW Built Environment, where she held various positions. She was the Built Environment Associate Dean of Education, leading the curriculum development and enhancing students’ and academic staff’s experience (2013-17). Before this, she was Discipline Director for Industrial Design and Program Director for the Master of Industrial Design and the Master of Science (Industrial Design) Postgraduate Coursework Programs (2002-05). Before joining UNSW in 2000, Oya was Assistant Professor at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. She was also an Instructor in Product Design at the prestigious Art Centre College of Design (Europe), La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland (1989-90). Oya has also served as an invited jury member in national and international good design award panels. Her particular areas of interest are inclusive design, co-design and working with design research methods to generate processes that help industrial designers define real problems, be more empathic and identify genuine needs.

Field: Design

Institution: University of New South Wales

Conference Schedule

Feminist activism, resistance, social activism, policing and politics of space, environmental activism, public activism

Title of Paper

Probing ageing with socially engaged design