lauren anseline (she/they)

Senior Social Innovator

Working on Gadigal Lands of the Eora Nation

With a background in design anthropology, experience and spatial design, visual design, photography, and fashion design, lauren explores how human experience can be translated into design, and how to support people with lived experience to be co-leading the design process . 

Reflective, trauma-responsive, qualitative anthropological thinking bound with an action-driven design mindset helps lauren to navigate complex problems and ambiguous projects to create the best impact. Coupled with this, lauren is committed to actively decolonising design research and practices and being led by the innovation of First Nations Peoples.

At TACSI, lauren has deepened their capability to understand what it means to design and carry out qualitative research with people and communities with lived experience of marginalisation and/or disadvantage. Continuing to understand the ethical implications of human research and how to deepen participants’ capabilities to lead their own futures is integral to lauren’s practice as a researcher and community-led practitioner. 

Building networks to support systemic change has become one of lauren’s passions at TACSI and, together with her colleagues, they have built networks focused on changing the Australian end-of-life system, creating better outcomes for people with chronic conditions, connecting change makers in the home and housing space and, most recently, supporting bushfire affected communities to grow their resilience through a strength-based, community-led approach.

One of lauren’s favourite things about working at TACSI is the team, who are a diverse bunch stuck together with kindness, empathy and laughter. Outside the office, lauren is passionate about weaving, gardening, dancing and patting other people’s dogs.

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Bachelor of Fashion and Textile Design (Honours)

Master of Design Anthropology

Lauren's Message Stick

*A message stick is a public form of graphic communication first used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples. The objects were carried by messengers over long distances and were used to support a verbal message. 

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