Dr Gabriela Nuri Baron

Msc. Politecnico di Milano, Italia | PhD, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Argentina


Dr Gabriela Baron teaches design in the Design Programme at the University of Auckland. Her specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests are in the field of human-centred design strategies around environmental sustainability, conservation and social innovation.

Research | Current

Current project: Design for Conservation, a methodology that enables collaborative problem solving for environmental conservation and sustainability challenges. More in: www.design4conservation.com

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Barón, G. ; Ghelich Khani, N. (2021). Defining Design for Sustainability and Conservation Mindsets. A joint publication between Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and Universidad de Palermo. Cuaderno 132. Year 24, vol. 132, Pp. 131-151. ISSN: 1668-0227

Gattenhof, S., Hancox, D., Rakena, T. O., Baron, G., MacKay, S., and Kelly, K. (2021). Valuing the Arts in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. In print.

Barón, G. (2020). Creating a design career based on sustainable development. Actas de diseño 33, p. 42. Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires. ISSN: 1850-2032

Barón, G. (2018). The dematerialization of tangible products from a sustainability   perspective. Cuadernos del Centro de Estudios de Diseño y Comunicación Nº70. Diffuse Materialities. Joint publication between Politecnico di Milano (IT) and Universidad de Palermo Pp 45-52. Buenos Aires. ISSN: 1668-0227.

Barón, G. (2018). The social and urban transition towards a sustainable mobility paradigm. Cuadernos del Centro de Estudios de Diseño y Comunicación Nº80. Transition Design. Joint publication between Carnegie Mellon University (UK) and Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires. ISSN: 1668-0227.

Barón, G. ; Allende, D.; Arena P. (2017)Public Transport accessibility model according to the user experience of the urban context’ Proyección, Year 2017, vol. 21, p. 80-105. Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza. ISSN: 1852-0006.

Arena, A. P., Piastrellini, R., Barón, G. N., & Civit, B. M. (2016). YUPI®, a regional footprint calculator. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 1-11.



Teaching | Current

Bachelor of Design:

DESIGN 102G Design Futures

DESIGN 233 Design and the Natural Environment

DESIGN 201 Creative Communities

DESIGN 704 Design Impacts

Postgraduate supervision

Baptiste Natali (in progress)


1st Place, Desafio Emprende U (2017), Universidad Nacional de Cuyo.

Complete course grant (2017), CELFI Argentina.

PhD Full time scholarship (2013 - 2018), Argentine National Council of Scientific and Technologic Innovations - CONICET.

1st Place, Poster Contest 'LCA applied case: Strategic Analysis for a Sustainable Travelling Exhibition" (2013), V International Conference of Life Cycle Assessment CILCA.

Politecnico di Milano, Master's (2 years full time) merit-based scholarship (2007-2009), Fondazione Cariplo, Italy.

Scholarship for Talented Students (2007-2008), Alta Scuola Politecnica, Italy.



Deputy Director of Design Programme


Areas of expertise

Sustainable Development Goals, Environmental Sustainability and Conservation, Urban Transportation and Mobility, Accessibility, Smart Cities

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Sustainability Advisor for CAI

Academic teaching and learning Committee

Orientation Coordinator

Transfers Coordinator


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 508
New Zealand