Barbara Bok approved
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Research interests

* Cutting-edge use of meta- and trans- disciplinary methodologies, approaches and frameworks and the emerging Relational paradigm to investigate and build capacities for transformation * Futures studies, foresight and anticipation studies applied for impact in specific contexts such as scenarios in the building and construction industry or in specific areas such as the circular economy * Responsible and ethical foresight, futures literacy and futures education for professional development * Using the future in creative and generative ways for impact on more-than-human lives

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Dr Barbara Bok is an educator, researcher and professional futurist with a broad and multi-disciplinary background obtained in academic and industrial settings. Barbara contributes to areas where she can help in participatory efforts to catalyse transformation that reduce unjust, unsustainable and other undesired effects on all living beings of oppression and repression. This means she tends to be involved in a broad range of topics and projects rather than being a specialist in a narrow field. Indicated, for example, by her current research involvement into professional ethics in the residential construction sector at Torrens University and recently being a co-author in cardiometabolic health in the built environment and alternative futures in the Anthropocene at Swinburne University. Barbara combines her multi- and trans-disciplinary knowledge and experience as an academic researcher, postgraduate educator and masters’ qualified professional futurist with her experience and knowledge obtained in industrial settings. For her PhD, she meshed methodologies and paradigms from the fields of Futures Studies (FS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS) with the insights into practice she gained from working in STEM-related positions in manufacturing, minerals refining, and information systems development industries.

Education/Academic qualification

Strategic Foresight & Science and Technology Studies, PhD, 2018m Swinburne University of Technology Learning and Teaching (HEd), 2013, Swinburne University of Technology Strategic Foresight, MMngt, 2009, Swinburne University of Technology Business Administration, GradDip, 2001, University of Queensland Operations Research and Statistics, BSc, 1988, University of South Africa


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