ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Margaret Woodward

Associate Professor Margaret Woodward

Margaret was awarded a PhD (Design) from Curtin University of Technology in 2009, investigating the field of interpretation design and the role of design in communicating and framing ideas about Australia's natural and cultural heritage. Margaret graduated from Curtin University of Technology (PhD Design), the University of Tasmania (Bachelor of Arts - Geography and Sociology; Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design; and a Diploma of Education). Margaret has previously held positions lecturing in Visual Communication, Communication Design and Graphic Design at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania; the National Institute of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne and managed partner programs in Sydney and Hong Kong. Margaret was also a founding member of the Workhorse Design group in Hobart and has received a number of industry awards for her design work. Margaret is a member of the Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS) research centre at CSU and is co-founder of the Creative Regions Lab.

Margaret Woodward is Associate Professor of Design in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University. She is co-founder of the Creative Regions Lab at Charles Sturt University and a researcher in regional creative industries. In 2012, Margaret was a Research fellow in Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University and her ongoing research in Agritivity, interpretation design and Living Labs is redefining creative industries in regional Australia. A national leader in these emerging fields, her interdisciplinary research connects researchers in key fields of design, heritage interpretation, geography, tourism and agriculture. Through her creative practice, Margaret explores publishing as art practice, and cultural iconography through designed artefacts such as tourist ephemera, souvenirs and heritage interpretation centres.

Creative Regions Lab

The Creative Regions Lab is a teaching and research hub that will drive the development of creative enterprises and activities in regional Australia. The Lab's core function is to conduct research, identify themes, invent industries, direct, coordinate, respond, and promote all projects nationally and internationally.

The Lab will redefine creative industries in regional Australia to include the creative interface between agriculture and national and international markets (agri-tivity) and the integration of technologically advanced agriculture and manufacturing with high value services (agri-services).

This is an initiative of the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University.

  • Woodward M. (2016 Forthcoming) 'Bodies of water, bodies at sea. The sea is all around us' in Beyond community engagement: Transforming dialogues in art, education and the cultural sphere. Intellect: Campaign.
  • Woodward M. and Bremner C., (2016) 'Redefining Creativity in Regional Australia' in Creative Communities: Regional Social Inclusion and the Arts J. McDonald and R. Mason, (Eds) Intellect Press. 
  • Woodward M., An Interpretation Design Pattern Language in P. Rodgers and J. Yee, (Eds) (2015)The Routledge Companion to Design Research Routledge.
  • Woodward, M., Bremner, C. and Cahalan, A. (2012) Defining the geography of creativity in a regional Australian university. Conference Paper, ACUADS Australian Council for University Art and Design Schools  Conference 2012, Region and Isolation: The changing function of art & design education within diasporic cultures and borderless communities. Central Institute of Technology, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University 3rd- 5th October 2012, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Woodward M., (2012) Greetings from Aggaw Aggaw: Mapping souvenirs as tourism telemetry. Conference Paper Association of American Geographers February 2012 Annual Meeting, New York.
  • Woodward, M. 2010 'An Interpretation Design Pattern Language: A propositional conceptual tool for interdisciplinary team members working on interpretation design projects'. in Cumulus Working Papers. Aalto University School of Art and Design: Helsinki.
  • Woodward, M and Cahalan, A. 2010, Beyond the Bush: Sustainable, creative, regional communities and the case for a national creative industries hub in regional Australia.  Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers) Annual Conference 2010, London 1 – 3 September 2010.
  • Woodward, M. 2009. Overlapping dialogues: the role of interpretation design in communicating Australia's natural and cultural heritage. PhD Thesis. Curtin University of Technology.
  • Woodward, M. 2009. Rendering the visual visible: social dimensions of graphic design visual:design:scholarship. Volume 4, Number 1.
  • Woodward, M. 2009. An interpretation design pattern language: a propositional conceptual tool for interdisciplinary team members working on interpretation design projects. Conference proceedings. Cumulus 38° South: Hemispheric shifts across learning and teaching RMIT University and Swinburne University of Technology, November 12, 2009 - November 14, 2009
  • Woodward, M. 2008. Prospecting the City. In write/here, J. Newitt, and J. Phillips. Hobart: Newitt and Phillips
  • Woodward, M.  2007. Messages from a city's soul. Eye 16 (64)
  • Woodward, M. 2007. Place, type and spirituality: In conversation with David Lancashire. In Extroverts and Exhibitionists, typotastic 3, 15-19. Hobart: University of Tasmania.
  • Woodward, M and Haslem, N. 2007. Typotastic: A collaborative teaching and learning model.
  • Woodward, M. 2005. Imaging Nature: Media, Environment and Tourism, June 27-29 2004: Designing the interpretation interface: quality communication design as an aspect of visitor experience in nature based tourism. Cradle Mountain, TAS: University of Tasmania.

Creative Works 

2016Fall of the Derwent, GASP-Glenorchy Art and Sculpture Park, Tasmania
2015The Sea is All Around Us, Dome Gallery, Mission to Seafarers, Melbourne, Victoria
2012-2013Tourism Telemetry project
2012Floe, Group exhibition, SIM:The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, residency in Reykjavik, Iceland.
2012Tabletop Cairns, 'popup' exhibition in Reykjavik, Iceland, during an international artist's residency at SIM: The Icelandic Association of Visual Artists.
2011Greetings from Aggaw Aggaw, Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, NSW