Sarah Johnstone

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Sarah Johnstone is a PhD candidate with the Urban Informatics Research Lab, in the School of Design at QUT. She is a designer and researcher with interests including Participatory Design, Placemaking, Socially Inclusive and Transdisciplinary Design. In previous years, she has been a committee member of the U.RBNE Collective and a student mentor for the Living City Project 2013 – see


Whilst completing a Bachelor of design degree in 2014, Sarah won a Vacation Research Experience Scheme Scholarship at QUT. Since then, she has been actively involved with the Urban Informatics Lab as a research assistant on projects such as the ‘InstaBooth’ project run by Glenda Caldwell and as a team member on the ‘CASE for Women’ event held in Nambour during March 2016.


In 2016 Sarah commenced as a PhD student, supervised by Dr Mirko Guaralda and Dr Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi. Her topic is focused on the concept of place-making and the role of ‘open creative spaces’ as a methodology to engage marginalised individuals in the Urban Design process. Through this research she aims to explore the role of Interior Design practice in this process and identify the key design considerations for designing a space which is flexible, open and provides different ways for engaging people.