The E-waste Futures project is aimed at critically exploring the ways in which design can play a role in transforming past and current technologies that are becoming waste, into futures of revaluation. This includes design practices of repair, reuse and redesign.

E-Waste printer

“The E-waste Futures project fosters collaborative research between academia, government, industry, charities and the public to design best practices to enable transitions and implementation towards more sustainable ways of working with e-waste; from all the stages of product design, manufacture, use, disposal and revaluation”

Dr Melisa Duque, Research Fellow from the Emerging Technologies Research Lab

Event: E-Waste Futures with Charities Workshop

On the 8th of March 2019, E-waste Futures hosted a workshop with participants from industry, university, government and charity representatives to anticipate challenges and opportunities for the e-waste ban from landfills implemented by the Victorian Government on the 1st of July of that same year. Participants engaged in critical and creative discussions around the questions: How can we collaborate with charities to create a circular economy around e-waste? This short video presents a glimpse.

Event: Re-making E-waste – Shaping new lives for old e-things

This one-week event was part of the Melbourne Design Week in March 2020. A collaboration between MADA and RMIT Design Schools and including the participation of lecturers, design studios and HDR students from both universities, and the public. Scheduled to start with an Opening Forum with a panel of experts, followed by three days of workshops led by design lecturers for “mending”, “hacking”, “storytelling” to make things with e-waste materials gathered in collaboration with Vinnies.

Closing with an exhibition of the works made, this large-scale community engagement event was unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19 two days prior it’s commencement. However, the six months of preparation, content design, collaborative framework and networks between partners and over 100 participants subscribed remains as a fruitful outcome to reactivate in the future.

Researchers: Melisa Duque, Sarah Pink

Contact: Melisa Duque

Email: melisa.duque@monash.edu