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Matthew Harkness

Casual Academicat University of New South Wales
Front-on headshot of Matthew Harkness in a blue collared shirt.
Focus area: Design

I am an early-career designer, researcher, and academic at the University of New South Wales School of Art & Design in Sydney, Australia. My research draws on Actor-Network Theory and co-design to critically examine 3D printing technology and its role in maker culture. From a sustainability perspective, my work uses critical making and speculative critical design tactics to interrogate how 3D printers support wasteful, exclusive, and exploitative maker practices. Through material experiments, my design work includes waste plastic and bioplastic materials, ceramics, electronics, and repurposed objects.