The overarching goal of the research group is to advance the knowledge and know-how in design for sustainability through generating theories, strategies and methods on how to design solutions that foster sustainability. We focus on different design scales, from materials and products to services, product-service systems, business models, bottom-up initiatives and socio-technical systems.
We address sustainability challenges integrating:
- environmental aspects, including efficient use of resources, reduction of environmental impacts, and reduction of consumption levels;
- socio-ethical aspects, including equality, justice, cohesion, behaviour change, community empowerment, inclusivity and more in general quality of life;
- and economic aspects, including fostering circular economies, innovative business models and related supportive policies.
We promote sustainability at local, national and global scale and tackle sustainability challenges through transdisciplinary and participatory research approaches.