Natalia Radywyl received a PPL fellowship in 2013 for the Chancellor’s Challenge, a project with the NYC Department of Education.
Natalia is a design and user experience researcher with over 10 years of experience working at the intersection of ethnography, service design, and environments. Put another way, she’s a compulsive people-watcher and pattern detector, interminably curious about the world, and always scouting for ways to improve the way we live in our neighborhoods and cities.
Having departed her native Australia to be based in one of the world’s greatest urban laboratories, New York City, she works as a Research Fellow at Project for Public Spaces, a community-centered urban design organization. Working on projects from Detroit to New York City, she designs custom user research methods, facilitates public engagement workshops, runs user experience studies of public space, co-creates community-driven project evaluation programs, and guides internal research strategy.
Natalia is a Research Associate at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, The University of Melbourne, and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. In her academic work she identifies systemic ways to cultivate more positive, resilient ways of living. These projects have ranged from her PhD about museum visitor experience and co-editing a book about science and post-growth innovation, to identifying digital public space strategies for community mobilization following Hurricane Sandy. She has also coordinated university courses about new media, policy, and urban culture in the School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne. Natalia straddles a range of design and communications practices to explore these passions, from curating and publishing to prototyping new street level experiences.
Natalia has also worked closely with a range of Australian government agencies as a social research consultant, improving service design in areas such as immigration experience, implementing electronic anti-gambling products, developing a communications strategy for nationwide literacy and numeracy programs, and improving cycling safety. She works regularly with non-profits dedicated to social innovation.
Natalia holds a PhD from the Schools of Culture and Communications and Historical Studies, The University of Melbourne, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Media and Communications, a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Media), and a Diploma of Modern Languages (German), all from the University of Melbourne.