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Exploring the use of speculative design as a participatory approach to more inclusive policy-identification and development in Malaysia

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Article number101118
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/07/2022
<mark>Journal</mark>Design Studies
Number of pages27
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/06/22
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This Case Study paper presents the first exploration of Speculative Design as a participatory democracy method for navigating the future of ageing in Malaysia. Speculative Design in the context of Global South is emerging, but without much data on how it is applied within different socio-economic conditions from the Global North countries. This Case Study considers the challenges and opportunities of employing Speculative Design as policy identification and development method from the context of Malaysia, a Global South country with its own unique characteristics. The paper concludes by suggesting that the novelty of Speculative Design as a policy-design approach in Global South countries, such as in Malaysia, requires the right selection of provocations and culturally familiar content to ease introduction of the methodology. Also, the efficacy of this approach as a participatory design application would require further enculturation within targeted communities, as well as sustained engagement through Champions.