Researcher biography

Skye Doherty is expert in using creative and design-led research methods to explore alternative futures and address wicked problems. Her work has addressed issues in journalism, law, education, and disaster resilience, among others and has led to both conceptual and practical outcomes. Her design artefacts include the NewsCube, an award-winning storytelling tool and Vim, a tangible energy story. She has developed frameworks for journalism innovation and used codesign to design media for bushfire resilience and to improve the experiences of injured workers, a project that led to legislative change. Her current project – Wicked Thinking – uses speculative news to envision the futures of complex issues.

She leads the Global Change Scholars Program in the UQ Graduate School – a year-long PhD experience focused on research collaboration and impact. She also leads the Advocacy and the Public Good theme within the Centre for Communication and Social Change and is a member of the Human-Centred Computing research group in the School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She came to academic research after an international career as a journalist and her experience spans leading international media companies and as well as startups.

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