Dr Yoko Akama is a Senior Lecturer and design researcher in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Australia. She is also Research Leader of RMIT Design Research Institute and Node Leader, Digital Ethnography Research Centre.Her specialities include human-centred design, co-design, communication design, service design, participatory design, transformation design, and practice-based research.
Yoko is also a leader and founder of two prominent networks – Service Design Melbourne and Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab Melbourne. 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).
Before she entered academia in 2002, she worked as a Graphic Designer at Save the Children UK, and as a Publications Officer at Survival International for Tribal Peoples in the UK.
Dr Julian McDougall
Dr Julian McDougall is a British educationist and media theorist. He studied for his PhD at Birmingham University whilst teaching at Halesowen College.
He is Head of the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice and Full Professor in Media and Education at Bournemouth University, United Kingdom (UK), where he leads a taught doctoral programme in Creative and Media Education. He is also Principal Examiner for A Level Media Studies (further education, pre-University) and an executive member of the Media Education Association.
He is editor of the Media Education Research Journal and Journal of Media Practice and author of a range of academic books, student textbooks and journal articles in the fields of media education, media arts and media literacy. Recently, he has undertaken research projects for Samsung, the United Kingdom Literacy Association, Sixteen Films, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) UK, and the European Union.