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Palak Dudani




Palak Dudani is a systems oriented designer + researcher with an interest in culture, social systems and future of urban life. She’s a recipient of two international fellowships and has previously worked with humanitarian aid organisations and start-ups on projects within healthcare, employability and education.

She’s a strong advocate for systemic approach to design and believes that designers hold crucial roles and responsibilities within our transitioning societies. From March 2020 – Feb 2021, she was employed on the FUEL4Design Erasmus+ project and the H-SEIF project at the Institute of Design.


AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES|Anticipation 2019|FUEL4DESIGN|H-SEIF: Human Systems Engineering Innovation Framework|Systems Oriented Design

Publications (22)


Conference paper

Amphibious Scales and Anticipatory Design

This paper considers dynamics between Anticipatory Design and relational ontological scales in imagining, articulating and shaping futures. This includes speculative, experimental and experiential engagement with imaginary futures for rethinking relations to the present and beyond them into long term sustainable ones... Read »

Conference paper

Decolonial Pathways: Our Manifesto for a Decolonizing Agenda in HCI Research and Design

  • Garcia, Adriana Alvarado|Maestre, Juan F.|Barcham, Manuhuia|Iriarte, Marilyn|Wong-Villacres, Marisol|Lemus, Oscar A.|Dudani, Palak|Reynolds-Cuellar, Pedro|Wang, Ruotong|Pargman, Teresa Cerratto

As the push for intersection between decolonial and post-colonial perspectives, and technology design and HCI continues to grow, the natural challenge of embracing different ways of approaching knowledge production without ’othering’ begins to emerge. In this paper, we offer what we call ’decolonial paths’, possible portals to navigate through this challenge... Read »

Conference paper

Anticipatory design and futures literacies

Design universities face challenges to their curricula, pedagogies, research and professional practices in the context of a world beset by increased complexity and rapid change. In this framing type paper located in an experimental relational ontology we take up the context and conditions of such change and the development of what we term ‘design futures literacies’... Read »



Connecting the LEXICON to Master’s in Choreography

Amanda Steggell is a Professor of Choreography at Oslo National Academy of Art and project leader of AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES project. As part of ongoing collaboration between AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES and FUEL4DESIGN: Future Education and Literacy for Designers, these series of workshops aimed to contribute to the DESIGN FUTURES LEXICON with movement words, called FUTURES DESIGN MOVEMENTS WORDS.  Prof... Read »


BALLUSION and PhD workshop F2F mode

The BALLUSION workshop explores ‘balloons’ as a metaphor for shapeable futures. We take this up in the supporting Unit by asking: “If the balloon represents the future, how might we shape, twist, deflate, go, squeeze, bounce, tap, stretch or release it?” The workshop was designed with PhD students in mind... Read »


Themes & Units: Design Futures Lexicon resources

The DESIGN FUTURES LEXICON presents a set of thematic learning activities, futures design devices and instances of their use. The LEXICON is designed to assist design students and designer researchers to engage productively and critically with how language may work in shaping futures design. The THEMES AND UNITS contain a variety of learning resources for students of design and design research... Read »


REFLEXICON and PhD workshop in online mode

REFLEXICON builds on the Lexicon of the Future Education and Literacy for Designers, and invites designers to play with future terms. It uses game play as a way to support designers on use and application of Futures Design terms and reflect on how their design project or activity work might relate to shaping future needs, conditions and challenges... Read »


Lexicon at NORDES Summer School 2020

The NORDES Summer School 2020 was a 3-day online event held on 5-7 August 2020, hosted by AHO and OsloMet in Norway. With the focus on ‘designing beyond the individual’, the summer school explored how the theme of COLLECTIVES may “inform design inquiry in shaping futures that are shared and honed for common interests, needs and purposes, not only competitive and collaborative ones... Read »


Complex Systems: Breakthrough Innovations through People

The H-SEIF project ‘Technology with Empathy’ was a three-year (2017-2020) research collaboration project between industry and academia funded by Oslofjordfondet and in- kind by partners. This book is written to inspire systems engineering practitioners and create curiosity about new ways of working to take the step towards significant innovations... Read »

Conference paper

Conversations in Healthcare Service Design – The Characteristics and Use of Conversations in Ecosystemic Service Design

This study examines the impact of conversations in public healthcare service design. We define what constitutes design conversations and the role they play in design processes for complex adaptive systems (CAS). Then, we explore the nature and use of conversations in two embedded design lab interventions in two hospital settings... Read »



A Systems Dynamics Gigamap: Gentrification 2.0 Project

In Norway, urban gentrification has been characterised by replacement of original occupants in previously working class neighbourhoods by middle-class or higher income groups (Hjorthol & Bjørnskau 2005). By posing the core research question ‘What is gentrification in Norwegian context?’ we bring out relevant information and terms to be mapped in a spatio-temporal frame... Read »