Design Studio: Design-led research, strategy and action


Convivial Everyday Life Project (CELP) specialises in designing convivial food systems for places. We have expertise in community-led and design-led research, strategy, engagement & project management.

CELP has a design-led, multidisciplinary and collaborative approach. Our experience spans the public, community and private sectors, with expertise including:

• community engagement, co-design, experimentation & implementation (project management)
• design-led innovation and design-led food communities
• food hubs, urban agriculture and community gardening
• local economic development
• policy design (with European Union)
• sustainability branding, visual merchandising, social media

We are proud of our long track record of working collaboratively with a wide range of clients and other stakeholders, to achieve outcomes that everyone is happy with.

Director, Emily Ballantyne-Brodie 

Emily is a designer-researcher of convivial food systems. She is project designer of Shepparton Food Hub and Peach n Pear. She is director of design studio Convivial Everyday Life Project and final year PhD Candidate at Swinburne University of Technology.She has a Masters of Environment and Sustainability from Monash University and studied business and history as an undergraduate. Emily is currently contributing to her field with a PhD in convivial food systems.

Designer and Project Planner, Melissa Stagg

Melissa has a Bachelor if Design and Mater of Landscape Architecture (urban design) from RMIT University, and further postgraduate studies in Statutory Planning and Environment (RMIT). For her Masters she was driven to research community consultation methods, and find ways to better connect communities with each other, and to their ‘natural’ and built environment. Through her work Melissa has developed methods of engagement, which encourage the development of genuine and meaningful participation from community members in the design process. She believes that empowering people to design their own community and environment, is key to designing communities that are sustainable in the long term. Inspired by Sustainable Everyday’s approach and philosophy, Melissa joined Sustainable Everyday in 2015 to become involved with ongoing projects.