Membership Category

  • Associate


  • University of New South Whales


  • Design


  • Bioplastic et biomaterials
  • Reuse, repair and remanufacture
  • Experimental materials
  • Technical cycle
  • Object design
  • Maker culture
  • Do-it-yourself (DIY)
  • 3D printing

Scientific activities and affiliations

  • Design For Circular Economy Research Group at UNSW Art and Design
  • Circular Economy Research Network of the Asia Pacific (CERN-APac)


Dr Matthew Harkness is an early-career designer, researcher, and academic based in Sydney, Australia. He focuses on non-traditional research outcomes and specialises in object design from critical making, speculative, co-design, and more-than-human perspectives. Matt’s research draws on these to interrogate the ethics of making, specifically, wasteful, exclusive, and exploitative, maker practices. Through material experiments, his practice-based research includes waste plastic and bioplastic materials, ceramics, electronics, and repurposed objects. Matt has taught design courses at universities in Australia and Canada and exhibited design works nationally and internationally. He has shown work at the Australian Design Centre, Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, the National Gallery of Victoria, Interiors Australia | Denfair, and Dubai Design Week.

Affiliated research axes

Change and Transition Management

Planning Optimization

Resource and Product Maximization

Policy levers

The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec