Site icon All Hands on Deck 2023


A cross-disciplinary collaboration

Jesse Adams Stein, a design researcher, and Chantel Carr, a human geographer, have worked on similar issues and topics for many years, and finally have the opportunity to collaborate. All Hands on Deck originally emerged from Stein’s Australian Research Council DECRA research project, Makers, Manufacturers & Designers, but it is enriched by Carr’s social science background and her current Australian Research Council DECRA project – Locating the Household in Post-carbon Regional Economies – on workers and families in energy-intensive sectors.

Through convening All Hands on Deck, Stein and Carr seek to connect scholars, thinkers and makers across disciplines and geographical boundaries, to address urgent questions related to the interrelationship between labour, skill and technical knowledge, within the shifting landscape of work and climate change.

Dr Jesse Adams Stein (Co-convenor)

Dr Jesse Adams Stein is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow at the UTS School of Design, Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She is a design researcher and oral historian whose research shifts between historical and contemporary contexts and focuses on the quieter and less fashionable sides of design: industrial craft, manufacturing, repair and labour experiences in the face of economic and technological change. Stein co-leads the UTS Design Studies project Repair Design, and she is the author of Industrial Craft in Australia (Palgrave Macmillan 2021) and Hot Metal: Material Culture & Tangible Labour (Manchester UP 2016).

Dr Chantel Carr (Co-convenor)

Dr Chantel Carr is an ARC DECRA Fellow at the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities, University of Wollongong. She is a geographer working on the social dimensions of energy transitions in urban and regional Australia. Her current empirical focus is on industries such as metallurgical coal, steelmaking, and the built environment, which are at the heart of the carbon economy in urban and regional Australia. Conceptually, Carr often looks to feminist perspectives that consider work beyond the paid workplace. This includes work which is less visible, whether in the home and community. In previous projects she has examined cultures of craft, making and skilled trades.

Enya Moore (Research Associate)

Dr Enya Moore is a postdoctoral researcher at Technological University Dublin. She is a design researcher, writer, and educator. Her PhD thesis critically analysed the political and economic dimensions of contemporary design events in Australia, China, and the UK through ethnographic and place-based methods. She is currently working on an Irish Research Council funded project called Festivals, Audiences and Digital Experience across the School of Tourism and Hospitality and the School of Media at TU Dublin.

Michelle Montgomery (Research Assistant)

Michelle Montgomery is a researcher, writer and content producer. She has a Bachelor of Art Theory (UNSW) and a second major in art history. Her work has a focus on history in a social context and cross-cultural artisanal collaborations. She has completed research for Museums & Galleries of NSW (MGNSW) in partnership with outback museums and galleries, BBC Studios and the Botanic Gardens of Greater Sydney. Montgomery’s writing is published on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Garland magazine, MGNSW Storyplace websites and in Garland’s 2018 compendium Marigold

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