Dr Naomi Hay

PhD (Griffith), Master of Design Futures (Hons) (Griffith), Bachelor of Applied Science (Int. Design) (QUT)
Bachelor of Design (Honours) Convener and Lecturer, School of Art & Design
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainable Design 330314
  • Design For Disaster Relief 330303
  • Design Practice And Methods 330306
  • Design History, Theory And Criticism 330304
  • Public Participation And Community Engagement 330405

Research interests

Design for Community Resilience, Urban and Regional Resilience, Co-Design/Participatory Design, Design for Disaster Risk Reduction, Design for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Design Futures, Sustainable Design, Socially and Environmentally Responsible Design, Spatial Design, Socio-Spatial Inclusion.


Naomi’s research focuses on the role of design in strengthening community resilience for sustainable futures, where design is examined as a change agent in the arena of disaster risk and adaptive capacity in a changing climate.  Naomi has a strong commitment to the development of socially and environmentally responsible design practice working on collaborative projects with community, industry partners, regional councils, and not for profit groups. Specifically, she has extensive experience across stakeholder relations, co-design processes, and best practice processes on multi-actor teams. 

  • Researcher ANU Institute for Climate, Energy, and Disaster Solutions (ICEDS)
  • Co-Chair ANU Network for Early Career Academics (NECTAR) 
  • Member Design Institute of Australia
  • Member Design Research Society 
  • Member Golden Key International Honour Society

Researcher's projects


  • Secondary Investigator: The People's Catchment. ANU (DVCR) ICEDS Seed Funding Grant 2022. With Dr. Roslyn Prinsley, Dr Jeremy Smith, Dr Barry Croke, Dr Susan Hunt, John Handmer, Carla Alzamora. Value $47,040.
  • Chief Investigator: Future Proofing Regional Communities: Resilience in a Changing Climate. ANU (CASS) Small Grants Scheme 2022. Value $7975. 
  • Secondary Investigator: Partnering with local Communities in Regional Australia to increase Resilience to Flood Events. National Recovery and Resilience Agency 2022-2024. With Multidisciplanary Research Team. Value $1,204,039. 
  • Secondary Investigator: LiveSpace: Work intergarted learning studio for socially and environmentally responsible design. Griffith University AEL Teaching and Leraning grant. With Dr. Peter Hall, Dr. Beck Davis, and Dr. Petra Perolini. Value $20,000.


  • Hay, Naomi, and Eleni Kalantidou. 2021. “The Practice of Resilience Building in Urban and Regional Communities.” In: Brears R. (eds) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-51812-7_296-1
  • Kalantidou, E., Hay, N. (2022). Community in a Changing Climate: Shaping Urban and Regional Futures. In: Brears, R.C. (eds) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Futures. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-87745-3_335
  • Perolini, Petra, and Naomi Hay. 2020. “Enhancing the Student Learning Experience through Engagement with Community: A Transdisciplinary and Collaborative Approach to WIL.” In Proceedings of Design Research Society DRS 2020, Brisbane, Vol 4, 1767-1787. Brisbane: Griffith University. ISSN 2398-3132.
  • Hay, Naomi, and Petra Perolini, Beck Davis, Peter Hall. 2015. “Socially and Environmentally Responsible Design Process: A Cross Disciplinary Approach.” In Proceedings of the International Association of Societies of Design Research Congress IASDR 2015 Interplay, Brisbane, 898-912, ISBN- 978-0-646-94318-3.
  • Hay, Naomi, and Tony Fry. 2014. “Resilience, Adaptability, Sustain-ability and Relationality: Lessons from Queensland for Viable Futures,” Int/AR Journal 5: 60-69. ISSN 2154-8498. ISBN 978-3-03821-606-3.
  • Hay, Naomi. 2013. “Outside as Inside,” Zoontechnica: The Journal of Redirective Design 03 (January). ISSN 1838-7047.
  • Ullyot, Logan, and Naomi Hay. 2011.“The Plural Nature of the Urban.” In The Urmadic City: The Idea and the Image, edited by Tony Fry, 19-29. Brisbane: Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. ISBN 978-1-921760-47-1.

 Exhibitions, Symposiums, Workshops

  • Facilitation Team - "National Relocation Strategy for Communities at Risk Workshop," ANU, Canberra, Februaray 2023.  Hosted by the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions (ICEDS) in collaboration with: School of Art and Design (ANU), Faculty of Arts and Design (UC), and Studio at the Edge of the World, Tasmania. 
  • Exhibition Cocurator - “The Classic Reimagined.” Grey St. Gallery, Southbank, 19 Feb – 2 March 2019
  • Panelist - LxD Laboratory for Expanded Design Roundtable Symposium – “The Designation of the Human: New Questions for Design Education concerning the Techno-Anthropocene, Destruction and Futurity,” Powerhouse Museum of Applied Arts and Science, Sydney, January 2019
  • Contributor - “Rockhampton’s Resilient Future Design Charrette,” Centre for Subtropical Design, Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane, October 2015.
  • International Conference Event Committee - “Design Action Leadership and the Future,” Brisbane Hothouse 2011, Queensland College of Art Griffith University, Brisbane, 2011.
  • Exhibition Cocurator- “Moving Cities: Moving People and Moving Minds,” Brisbane Design TriennialUnlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific 2010, State Library of Queensland. Brisbane, Australia 2011.

Available student projects

I am seeking Honours, Postgraduate and PhD students to work on projects across my research interests from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and research interests. Please contact me via email.

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  22 April 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers