Dr Skye Doherty

Senior Lecturer

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Senior Lecturer

Graduate School
s.doherty@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68260

Overview

Skye Doherty is a senior lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at UQ. She is expert in using creative and design-led research methods to explore alternative futures and address wicked problems. Her work has addressed issues in journalism, law, education, and disaster resilience, among others and has led to both conceptual and practical outcomes. Her design artefacts include the NewsCube, an award-winning storytelling tool and Vim, a tangible energy story. She has developed frameworks for journalism innovation and used codesign to improve the experiences of injured workers, a project that led to legislative change. Her current projects focus on designing media for bushfire resilience and writing speculative news. She leads the Global Change Scholars Program in the UQ Graduate School – a year-long PhD experience focused on research collaboration and impact. She also leads the Advocacy and the Public Good theme within the Centre for Communication and Social Change and is a member of the Human-Centred Computing research group in the School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. She came to academic research after an international career as a journalist and her experience spans leading international media companies and as well as startups.

Research Interests

  • Journalism design
    Prototypes, processes, and theories that explore the technological possibilities for journalism and the journalistic possibilities for technology.
  • Design for social change
    New ways to think about and respond to social issues and wicked problems through creative communication, participation, and technology.
  • Design research and methods
    Developing and documenting custom research tools for specific people and situations.

Research Impacts

Winner, Walkley Grant for Journalism Innovation, 2014

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma of Digital Media Management, Birkbeck University of London
  • Bachelor of Business (Administration), Queensland University of Technology

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • I am interested in supervising projects in these areas:

    • Journalism Design: exploring the intersection of technology and public interest storytelling;
    • Design for social change: participatory and co-design projects for people and communities.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Doherty, Skye and Viller, Stephen (2020). Prototyping interaction: designing technology for communication. Reimagining communication: experience. (pp. 80-96) edited by Michael Filimowicz and Veronika Tzankova. New York, NY, United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781351015356-5

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Doherty, Skye, Snow, Stephen, Jennings, Kathleen, Rose, Ben, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2020). Vim: a tangible energy story. 13th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2020, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, 3-6 November 2020. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-62516-0_24

  • Doherty, Skye and Worthy, Peter (2017). Exploring journalistic values through design: a student perspective. 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, Brisbane, Australia, 28 November-1 December 2017. New York, NY United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3152771.3156140

Other Outputs

  • Doherty, Skye (2024). The Futures of Forced Migration. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Wicked Thinking and The University of Queensland.

  • Doherty, Skye, Khan, Awais Hameed, Matthews, Ben and van de Fliert, Elske (2023). Fire Futures Concept Portfolio. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland.

  • Doherty, Skye, Khan, Awais Hameed, Matthews, Ben and van de Fliert, Elske (2022). Fire Futures participatory design tools. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland.

  • Balch, Ross and Doherty, Skye (2022). Healthy land and water: report card best practice. Global Change Scholars Program Brisbane, QLD, Australia: The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/7da34d7

  • Doherty, Skye , Rose, Ben , Jennings, Kathleen, Snow, Stephen , Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2020). Vim. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

  • Skye Doherty, Kathleen Jennings, Ben Matthews and Stephen Viller (2019). Physical News Card Deck. Brisbane, Australia: University of Queensland.

  • Doherty, Skye, Worthy, Peter and Lloyd, David (2017). JxD process. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: University of Queensland.

  • Doherty, Skye (2017). Journalism Design: The NewsCube, Interactive Technologies and Practice. PhD Thesis, School of Information Technol and Elec Engineering, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2017.402

  • Doherty, Skye, Epifani, Andrea, Lloyd, David, Harrison, John and Viller, Stephen (2015). NewsCube. Samford, QLD, Australia: NewsCubed.

  • Doherty, Skye (2013). Hypertext and news stories. ITEE Technical Report, 2013-03. School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • I am interested in supervising projects in these areas:

    • Journalism Design: exploring the intersection of technology and public interest storytelling;
    • Design for social change: participatory and co-design projects for people and communities.