Welcome to Design and Planning for Sustainable Transitions

There is an increasing interest to develop tools, methods, theories and knowledge on how to support design and planning processes that are part of sustainable transitions. This emerging interest builds upon a scholarship on Sustainable Transitions, Innovation Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Design, Strategic Planning and Engineering. The course will provide the students with a state of the art of this academic initiative and an overview of examples of Design for Sustainable Transitions projects in Finland, Australia, Denmark and the US.

Prerequisites: Being enrolled in a relevant PhD program.

Learning objectives: The students who take this course will by the end of it be capable of:

... describing the main bodies of knowledge and the main theories that can inform Design and Planning for Sustainable Transitions.
... describing exemplary projects that integrate insights from the fields of Sustainable Transitions, Innovation Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Design, Strategic Planning and Engineering
... position their own project in relation to the state of the art of Design and Planning for Sustainable Transitions
... evaluate existing design methods and tools and adjust and improve them for Design and Planning for Sustainable Transitions
... justify how their project is a contribution to this emerging field and the sources it builds upon

Teaching methods:
Writing theoretical assignments
Participating in expert lectures
Presenting own work and elaborating on progress
Participating on workshops to analyse and improve on existing methods and tools

Criteria for Assessment:
The students who deliver on the assignments, participate in the lectures and workshops and deliver a final paper will approve the course and obtain the credits.

Key literature:
Buchanan, R. (2001). Design research and the new learning. Design issues, 17(4), 3-23.

Ceschin, F., & Gaziulusoy, I. (2016). Evolution of design for sustainability: From product design to design for system innovations and transitions. Design Studies, 47, 118-163.

Dym, C. L., Agogino, A. M., Eris, O., Frey, D. D., & Leifer, L. J. (2005). Engineering design thinking, teaching, and learning. Journal of Engineering Education, 94(1), 103-120.

Flyvbjerg, B. (2001) Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it can Succeed Again. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Forrester, J. W. (1994). System dynamics, systems thinking, and soft OR. System dynamics review, 10(2‐3), 245-256.

Gaziulusoy, A. I. (2015). A critical review of approaches available for design and innovation teams through the perspective of sustainability science and system innovation theories. Journal of Cleaner Production, 107, 366-377.

Gaziulusoy, A. I., & Brezet, H. (2015). Design for system innovations and transitions: a conceptual framework integrating insights from sustainablity science and theories of system innovations and transitions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 108, 558-568.

Gaziulusoy, A. İ., & Ryan, C. (2017). Roles of design in sustainability transitions projects: A case study of Visions and Pathways 2040 project from Australia. Journal of Cleaner Production, 162, 1297-1307.

Irwin, T. (2015). Transition design: A proposal for a new area of design practice, study, and research. Design and Culture, 7(2), 229-246.

Jørgensen, U., & Brodersen, S. (Eds.). (2016). Engineering Professionalism: Engineering Practices in Work and Education. Springer.

Krumdieck, S. (2013). Transition engineering: adaptation of complex systems for survival. International Journal of Sustainable Development 4, 16(3-4), 310-321.

Köhler, J., Geels, F., Kern, F., Onsongo, E., & Wieczorek, A. (2017). A research agenda for the Sustaina-bility Transitions Research Network.

Loorbach, D. (2010). Transition management for sustainable development: a prescriptive, complexity‐based governance framework. Governance, 23(1), 161-183.

Meadows, D. (1997). Places to Intervene in a System. Whole Earth, 91(1), 78-84.

Nowotny, H. (2005). The increase of complexity and its reduction: Emergent interfaces between the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. Theory, Culture & Society, 22(5), 15-31.

Sørensen, K. H., Lagesen, V. A., & Hojem, T. S. M. (2018). Articulations of sustainability transition agency. Mundane transition work among consulting engineers. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions.

Willis, A. M. (2015). Transition Design: the need to refuse discipline and transcend instrumentalism. Design Philosophy Papers, 13(1), 69-74.

Relevance for students at Aalborg University: this course offers up to date lectures and knowledge on tools and methods to bridge the gap between theories and projects in Planning and Design aimed at supporting processes for Sustainable Transitions. It will offer valuable sociotechnical knowledge to students on the technical careers and a stronger foundation to students on planning and design to tackle transition processes.

Anchoring: the course is offer by experts and researchers from the fields of Design, Design for Sustainable Transitions, Infrastructure and Sustainable Transitions, Circular Economy and others. All the researchers from Aalborg belong to the BDO section of the Planning Institute in Copenhagen.

Scientific level: State of the Art.

Organiser/s: Andrés Felipe Valderrama Pineda and Jens Stissing Jensen

 Idil Gaziulusoy (Aalto University); Arne Remmen, Monia Niero, Michael Søgaard Jørgensen, Christian Clausen, Jens S Jensen, Birgitte Hoffman, Maj-Britt Quitzau, Andrés Felipe Valderrama Pineda (Aalborg University)

ECTS: 5.0
Time: March 9-10-11 2020
Place: Aalborg University, Copenhagen Campus, A. C. Meyers Vænge 15, room ACM15 2.2.040A
Deadline for registration: 9 February 2020
Max. no. of participants: 15

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.