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author 1, author 2, author 3

University 1, University 2, University 3

email@brighton.ac.uk

Keywords: Industrial design, China, Australia, stereotypes

Abstract

China is passing through a challenging transition: the labour-force expansion and surging investment that propelled three decades of growth are now weakening (Woetzel et. al. 2015). This is a natural stage in a country’s economic development, yet it raises questions as to where the new sources of growth lie. Australia is experiencing similar issues. In Australia the economy over this same period has survived on mainly mining of natural resources mostly exported to China. This cannot be sustained and a push from a resource economy to a knowledge economy needs to start. Australian manufacturing has suffered significantly with high labour costs and cheaper offshore markets. This is where design should be fundamental to the national agenda and be used to keep manufacturing strong. China, on the other hand is in an opposing position where manufacturing has been strong, however the economy now needs new avenues to grow. This study goes into detail about perceived issues associated with industrial design programs at a university level in both China and Australia. It then consists of a pilot survey targeted at Chinese and Australian industrial design students and recent graduates. 

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Cite this paper: Author 1, Author 2 and Author 3 (2016).Paper Title. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. Brighton, UK, 27–30 June 2016.

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