Melisa Duque Hurtado


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Melisa is a Research Fellow of the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, and a full-time member based at the Department of Design MADA. As a design researcher, her works sits at the intersection between of Design Anthropology, Participatory Design and Everyday Design. In her PhD she developed ‘Everyday Designing for Revaluing ED4R’, a practical and theoretical approach that allows her to do situated and collaborative research, combining design ethnography and practice-based design methodologies. Currently working in the areas of healthcare design, emerging technologies and e-waste. 

Melisa has a PhD from the School of Design at RMIT, a Masters of Design (by research) from Monash University, and she was trained as an Industrial Designer at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) in Medellin, Colombia. She has done design teaching at these three Universities and Design Schools. Her work has been published in areas of design research.

Diseñadora e investigadora colombiana viviendo en Australia. Interesada en practicas de diseño cotidiano para la revaluación y el bienestar. Trabajando actualmente con temas de salud, tecnología y reuso.

Education/Academic qualification

Design Research, Doctor in Philosophy, RMIT University

Award Date: 27 Sep 2018

Research area keywords

  • design research
  • design anthropology
  • ethnographic practice
  • everyday design
  • sustainable design
  • design ethnography
  • emerging technologies
  • design for revaluing


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