Yoko Akama


is an award-winning design researcher in the School of Media and Communication and Research Leader of the Design Research Institute at RMIT University, Australia. Her practice is entangled in social ‘wicked problems’, to strengthen adaptive capacity for disaster resilience in Australia and Japan, and to contribute towards the efforts of Indigenous Nations enact their self-determination and governance. Trained as a communication designer, visualisation features strongly in her work to catalyse meaning-making, learning and dialogue through participatory interactions. She is a recipient of British Council Design Research Award (2008); a Finalist in the Victorian Premier’s Design Award (2012); and two Good Design Australia Awards (2014).


last update: September 2015

Articles published on IXD&A: 


'Design Disruption in Contested, Contingent and Contradictory Future-Making', N. 26, pp. 132 - 148, abstractdownload