Dr Emma Whettingsteel
R + D Researcher
Emma is a Researcher with COX R+D. With a PhD in Interior Architecture, she has expertise in qualitative methodologies, participatory and visual methods, conducting research with young people, and developing collaborative approaches to design with First Nations communities.
Honours and doctoral thesis projects by Emma have explored the potential for design to reduce social isolation and increase a sense of belonging for residents of secondary and tertiary student accommodation. She regularly publishes and presents on this topic to advocate for the important role of housing design in rural and remote students’ access to education opportunities.
Emma also has experience as an interior designer delivering on large scale projects across a range of sectors. Through this work she has contributed to award winning conceptual design, including first place in the 2016 Schiavello Future Workplace Competition and first place in the 2018 Nowanup Bush University Ideas Competition. Emma has been teaching at Curtin University as a sessional staff member since 2016 and has been involved in many research initiatives within the School of Design and Built Environment.