Dr Dianna Hardy is a Lecturer in the Information Technology and Computer Science discipline at James Cook University. Dianna combines over ten years of industry experience in Lead Software Development  with a strong teaching focus on interface design and implementation. Dianna holds a PhD in Information Technology along with a master’s degree in Social Science which strongly informs her expertise in user experience in cross-cultural settings, with emphasis on Aboriginal health and wellbeing. Her research is focused on co-design methods with varied participants from cross-disciplinary silos in health, anthropology/archaeology, and biological science utilising Virtual Reality, multi-platform delivery and user-centred design.

Currently Dianna is highly engaged in research which seeks to use co-design methods such as Design Thinking to enable community groups to solve complex, real world problems and empower individuals to expand their ability to make a difference in the world.

Dianna is the Design Thinking Coordinator in the Discipline of Information Technology and leads the development and delivery of the annual JCU Technology Design sprint which is the largest education-based Design Thinking sprint in Australia. Last year over 55 organisations (including Optus, Technology One, IBM, Glencore and others) along with over around 400 students from Information Technology and Engineering at JCU engaged in innovative problem solving and protyping activities to solve sustainability isses.


  • CP1403: Design Thinking (Level 1; TSV)
  • CP2408: Design Thinking and Creative IT Industries (Level 2; TSV)
  • CP5047: ICT Project 2: Implementation and Commissioning (Level 5; TSV)
  • IA1012: Indigenous People of North Queensland (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • IA2022: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as Colonial Subjects (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 20+ research outputs authored by Dr Dianna Hardy from 2006 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Leveraging E-Learning in educational institutions (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Co-Designing with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A participatory action research approach (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Identifying characterstics of long term missing person (LTMP) within Australia (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Designing physical interface for application of augmented reality in toddler toys (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Using online and mobile gamification to orient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to Library services and resources. (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Indigenous Student Perceptions and Assumprions about Digital Technology Curriculum and Opportunities (Masters , Secondary Advisor)

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