Dr. Elizabeth Tunstall

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Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is an Associate Professor of Design Anthropology, coordinating the Swinburne’s Masters of Design Program in Design Anthropology—a field that seeks to understand how the processes and artifacts of design help define what it means to be human. She organises a Cultures-Based Innovation community of practice group, formed out of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio meeting.

Dori is passionate about civically-engaged design that creates politically informed and enfranchised people. She served as a director of AIGA’s Design for Democracy and is currently organizer of the U.S. National Design Policy Summit and Initiative. She consults regularly on the design policy efforts of the Australian Design Alliance.


Engaged with the design field for nearly 15 years, Dori has worked as a Sr. Experience Modeler at Sapient Corporation and Sr. Experience planner at Arc Worldwide—a Publicis Company. Her clients have included Northern Trust, General Motors, U.S. Army, Zales, Allstate Financial, Unilever, Nokia, and Motorola.


She formally taught in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has lectured and given workshops globally at institutions such as the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Fabrica, Columbia University, North Carolina State University, University of Melbourne, California Institute for the Arts, and SPIRE University of Southern Denmark. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

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