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Malé Luján Escalante

Senior Course Lecturer, MA Service Design
London College of Communication
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Malé  Luján Escalante


Malé Luján Escalante is a Senior Lecturer in the Design School at London College of Communication, teaching on the MA Service Design course and the acting as the Design School Knowledge Exchange Coordinator. KE is at the heart of her research practice, teaching and learning ethos.

She has 6 years of experience teaching Design Research, Future Studies and Responsible Design Innovation at top ranked Universities and is a HE Senior Fellow. As well as teaching on MA Service Design, Malé is a Collaborative Unit leader and leads on the PG Methods Units and Research Activities cross-programs across the Design School. At the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (University of Bristol) Malé was the Director of 3 Units: ‘Past, Presents and Futures’ (UG and PGT contextual units), ‘Creative Futures: tools to change the world’ an open unit for Bristol Futures, across discipline. She uses engaged teaching and authentic assessment to develop design-led research for social value with students and partners via Knowledge Exchange projects.

Malé is a Design Researcher with expertise in Responsible Innovation, focusing on ethical implications of socio-technological services, pluriversal futures and other ways of knowing. She uses co-design to catalyze Knowledge Exchange developing work around values embedded within systems – diversity, inclusivity, trust, security, consent, privacy.

Additonally, Malé works as co-director of IsITethical? Exchange, a research hub and community knowledge base for ethics of services, originally focused on risk management and emergency response, but that has now extended to medical big data systems, autonomous vehicles, ethics of AI and 5G networks

In the last couple of years, Malé have been developing work in Collaboration with universities and research hub in Southeast Asia and South America around what she has started to call ‘Design-led Pluriversal Ethics’, working with community in the city including urban refugees to support participatory governance, frameworks for responsible innovation, and crisis resilience.

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View the MA Service Design course page.




The isITethical? Exchange