Selena Griffith

Senior Lecturer

Selena is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Social Impact in the Business School where she designs and delivers courses and programs to instil capabilities towards innovatively solving complex real-world problems so that students develop a portfolio or practical and applied experience, not just a transcript, by the time they graduate.

While at UNSW, Selena has developed and taught courses across four faculties on the subjects of (i) Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Collaboration, (ii) Sustainable Design, (iii) Design Futures, (iv) Design Practice and (v) Design Management.

In 2011 Selena was awarded a Global Future Leaders Award from the World Human Resources Development Congress. Selena is also a co-founder of The Island Innovation Lab, a program designed to develop cross-disciplinary collaboration skills using design thinking methods to assist diverse teams in working towards addressing global sustainability issues. The program has received multiple rounds of financial support from the Australian Government, including the Short Term Mobility Plan and the New Colombo Plan. It has run in Vanuatu, Palua, India, Myanmar, Kiribati, Singapore and Indonesia. In 2014 The Island Innovation Lab was recognised by the highly acclaimed Buckminster Fuller Institute and was selected for inclusion in their Catalyst Program. Her passion for cross-disciplinary learning and innovation is further evidenced by her being awarded the internationally recognised Most Outstanding Faculty Advisor ENACTUS 2016.

Selena is an education focused faculty member taking a scholarly approach to education, as evidenced by her book “Visual tools for developing student capacity for cross-disciplinary collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship” (Edited by Griffith, S., Caruthers, K., Bliemel, M.) Common Ground Publishing (Champaign, IL): Transformative Pedagogies in the Visual Domain series. Selena is a highly collaborative, trans-disciplinary educator, practitioner and researcher.

She was awarded a PLuS Alliance fellowship 2019 – 2020 and is leveraging this to create a global community of practice for educators who imbed social impact in their courses.

She connects students, academy, industry, 3rd sector and government in her many projects.

As co-founder of Social Innovation Sydney, Selena was at the forefront of developing a local ecosystem of Social Innovators and Entrepreneurs and assisting the to connect and develop skills and networks to support their activities. Outside of her UNSW pursuits, she is a mother of 2, a community leader and advocate, artist, designer and an avid edible gardener.

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