graduate research

Emily Carr students are involved in Research projects across the disciplines; Design, Visual Arts, and Media Arts.  Here are some examples of current work...

Lucinda McGroarty | MDes Candidate

The 1 Club


Funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), MDes candidate Lucinda McGroarty’s research focuses on type 1 diabetes (T1D), a chronic autoimmune disease that requires extensive self-management. She is specifically interested in the impact of ‘diabetes burnout’ on mental health and wellbeing. Lucinda’s dual role as both a design researcher and a type 1 diabetic has placed her in a unique position. Through extensive participatory research, Lucinda has come to recognize that a type 1 diabetic who is highly engaged in the T1D community is motivated, inspired and empowered by what the T1D community has to offer. This individual is more positively and actively in control of his or her physical and mental health, contributing to an increased resilience towards diabetes burnout. Lucinda’s thesis thus aims to promote the T1D community and its benefits to young adult and adult type 1 diabetics living in Canada, as a way to rebuild and sustain their momentum over a lifetime.

Aaron Oussoren | MDes Candidate

Aaron Oussoren draws on his traditional glass-forming knowledge to investigate the opportunities that arise when craft practice is combined with digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing. His MDES design study focuses on emergent modes of making using glass, and how 3D printing provides room for innovation not only with material production, but also extends the poetics of materials. Aaron uses a mix of digital and analogue processes, working both independently and collaboratively, to uncover the disconnects and affinities in the space between craft + digital making.  He is interested in the new making paradigm that is emerging from access to digital manufacturing, and exploring the roles of craft and design in the digital manufacturing context.