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. 

Her revaluing orientation is informed by her sustainability agenda and a design intention to actively intervene in transforming unwanted things at positions of devaluation. Particularly her focus for the applicability of ED4R has guided her research practice and analysis with projects in the second-hand charity sector, health care design, and traffic noise transformation. In her role at the Emerging Technologies Research Lab, she is currently formulating an interdisciplinary project about e-waste to continue her ongoing collaboration with the charity sector and in preparation for the upcoming implementation of the e-waste ban from landfills by the Victorian Government.

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Design Research, Doctor in Philosophy, RMIT University

Research area keywords

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

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Research Output

  • 5 Article
  • 4 Conference Paper
  • 1 Commissioned Report

Atmospheres of care in a psychiatric inpatient unit

Sumartojo, S., Pink, S., Duque, M. & Vaughan, L., 2020, In : Design for Health. 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Making Spaces for Staff Breaks: A Design Anthropology Approach

Pink, S., Duque, M., Sumartojo, S. & Vaughan, L., 2020, In : Health Environments Research and Design Journal. 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Caring with others - Cultivating and revaluing as forms of everyday designing

Duque, M. & Popplow, L., 2019, WHO CARES? 8th biannual Nordic Design Research Society (Nordes) conference. Espoo, Finland: Nordes (Nordic Design Research), 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Everyday mundane repair: banknotes and the material entanglements of improvisation and innovation

Pink, S., Salazar, J. F. & Duque, M., 2019, In : Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society. 2, 1, 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Recycling traffic noise: transforming sonic automobilities for revalue and well being

Pink, S., Lacey, J., Harvey, L., Sumartojo, S., Duque, M. & Moore, S., 2019, In : Mobilities. 14, 2, p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review