Design for Sustainability Transformations: A Deep Leverage Points Research Agenda for the (Post-)Pandemic Context

Authors

  • Idil Gaziulusoy NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Emilija Veselova NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Elise Hodson NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Eeva Berglund NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Elif Erdogan Öztekin NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Eeva Houtbeckers NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Hella Hernberg NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Mikko Jalas NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Kata Fodor NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland
  • Maria Ferreira Litowtschenko NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

Abstract

This position paper presents a prototype research agenda for design for sustainability transformations (DfST) in the (post-)pandemic context. COVID-19 has made visible vulnerabilities, structural dysfunctions, inequalities and injustices across health, environmental, social, economic, provisional and political systems. In response to the crisis, rapid, adaptive, technological and social innovations have started to emerge across all levels of society, opening up a multiplicity of alternative futures. This is an opportune time to address long-standing and urgent sustainability challenges in ways that move beyond the ineffective and business-as-usual approaches of ecological modernism. The authors used a co-creative process to identify weak signals relevant to sustainability transformations. In alignment with the deep leverage points framework, the identified weak signals are presented under two main headings: first, social structures and institutions; and second, values, goals and worldviews. The deep leverage points form the basis of a research agenda on how DfST could contribute to sustainability transformations right now and in the longer-term.

Author Biographies

Idil Gaziulusoy, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design

 

Emilija Veselova, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

PhD researcher

Elise Hodson, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

Post-doctoral researcher

Eeva Berglund, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Policy

Elif Erdogan Öztekin, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

PhD researcher

Eeva Houtbeckers, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

Post-doctoral researcher

Hella Hernberg, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

PhD researcher

Mikko Jalas, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

Professor of Practice in Sustainable Consumption

Kata Fodor, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

PhD researcher

Maria Ferreira Litowtschenko, NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group Department of Design School of Art, Design and Architecture Aalto University Finland

PhD researcher

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Published

2021-04-09

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Section

Reflections on the design processes adopted in response to the pandemic crisis