Prof. Ian Gwilt

Prof. Ian Gwilt


  • Sheard, L, Marsh, C, Mills, T, Peacock, R, Langley, J, Partridge, R, Gwilt, I & Lawton, R (2019), ‘Using patient experience data to develop a patient experience toolkit to improve hospital care: a mixed-methods study’, Health Services and Delivery Research, vol. 7, no. 36. Demonstrates recent experience in health research.
  • Gwilt I. (2018) Augmented Reality Graffiti and Street Art. In: Geroimenko V. (eds) Augmented Reality Art. Springer Series on Cultural Computing. Springer. Online ISBN: 978- 3-319-69932-5. DOI: Book chapter demonstrates the applicant’s expertise in the field of augmented reality design.
  • Petrelli D., Marshall M., O’Brien S., McEntaggart P., Gwilt I. Tangible data souvenirs as a bridge between a physical museum visit and online digital experience. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 2017 April 21(2): 281-295. DOI: 0993-x. Journal article demonstrates the applicant’s expertise in user experience design
  • Nick Dulake & Ian Gwilt (2017) Flying with data: Openness, forms and understanding, The Design Journal, 20:sup1, S3863-S3872, DOI:10.1080/14606925.2017.1352889. Journal article demonstrates the applicant’s expertise in the field of user-centred data visualisation
  • Gwilt I., Langley J., Partridge R., Spooner A., et al. (2016) Pain talking: exploring the experience, expression and description of chronic pain through creative processes and visualization strategies. Chapter 33/16. In: Lee Y., Larn E., Kung C. (eds) Open design for E-very-thing. Hong Kong Design Institute. Book chapter demonstrates the applicant’s expertise in the field of user-centered health literacy OVERALL TRACK RECORD IN LAST 5 YEARS: Professor Ian Gwilt is a Research Professor of Design in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, Adelaide. Professor Gwilt’s current areas of research include practice and theory into visual communication design in the context of healthcare and wellbeing, the development of novel information visualization techniques to facilitate the understanding of data for non-specialist audiences within the context of health literacy, the design of hybrid environments and experiences; interactive installations and augmented reality artifacts and locations that shape social, cultural and communication experience. He is also interested in how we can incorporate visual communication design practices into interdisciplinary research teams through the use of inclusive, co-creation and participatory practices to facilitate better knowledge mobilization. Currently he is undertaking research into the design implications for automated futures and the developing need for a visual/informatic interface between people and robotic devices. During the past seven years, Professor Gwilt’s research has been successfully funded by various government bodies, tertiary institutions, and industry stakeholders in excess of AUD $7.6 million.


  • 2002-2009 PhD (Art History and Theory) University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 1994-1995 European Masters of Interactive Multimedia University of Balears, Spain/ Royal College of Art, London
  • 1982-1985 BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Design for Learning) Manchester Metropolitan University


  • 2017 – Research Professor (Design) Professorial Lead (UniSA: CREATIVE) Research lead: Match Studio (interdisciplinary, co-design lab) University of South Australia Management Team: Australian Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments Research (IVE) (design and health)
  • 2010 – 2017 Professor of Design and Visual Communication (Personal Chair) Deputy Director of the Art and Design Research Centre Sheffield Hallam University (SHU)


COLLABORATIONS: Professor Gwilt has collaborated with multiple organisations and Universities across Australia, UK, and Japan, including Bradford Institute for Health Research, Glasgow School
of Art, Human Studios Sheffield, The Institute for Health Research, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, The University of Leeds, The British Library Digital Lab and the University of Technology in Sydney.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND INVOLVEMENT: Professor Gwilt has been invited to speak or present at over 20 symposiums and conferences in the past 5 years. He has been invited to present workshops in Germany, China, England, Turkey, Ireland, and Switzerland, and has been invited to speak in the United Arab Emirates, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Italy and Australia. Professor Gwilt has produced 16 conference papers/presentations in the last 5 years.

PROFESSIONAL/PEER REVIEW INVOLVEMENT: Professor Gwilt has participated in a multitude of creative exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Australia, Japan, USSR, Cuba and New Zealand. He has curated or been invited to participate in over 20 exhibitions since 2010 alone. Additionally, Professor Gwilt is an active member of various advisory boards and committees. Notably, he is on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation (Taylor & Francis); the editorial board for the Design for Health Journal (Taylor & Francis); was conference co-chair at the 14th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality in Fukoka, Japan in 2016; and was an editorial and programme advisor at the Design 4 Health conference in Melbourne in 2017. Since 2015, he has been actively involved with 18 councils, boards, or committees. He has also participated in the peer review process as an external examiner/assessor for 14 Universities worldwide since 2012.

RESEARCH LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE AND ACHIEVEMENTS: As a Member of the Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) REF Management Group, Professor Gwilt was involved in mentoring staff, reviewing outputs and contributing to the philosophy and writing of crucial documentation for the ADRC, Research Excellence Framework submission for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education.

EXAMPLE OF IMPACT OF PREVIOUS RESEARCH FROM LAST 5 YEARS: Research in digital health at Lab for Living, Sheffield Hallam University, led to an invitation to give a public lecture at the Sackler Conference ‘art, design and new technology for health’, at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, UK (2015). Design research strategies with the Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford, UK for the project Using patient experience data to develop a patient experience toolkit to improve hospital care: a mixed-methods study funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research programme was undertaken with the intention of informing future policy and practice in the use of patient experience data. (2016)


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