“Sustainability is a challenge to our existing notions of freedom: it is about a certain kind of choice architecture; it is about acknowledging limits; it is about accepting responsibility for longer term and wider afield consequences; it is about accepting interdependence rather than autonomy.” (Tonkinwise, 2015)

 
 

Design Research

My PhD research was in the field of Philosophy of Design. I explored what do we mean by "sustainable design" and what is represented by the notion of "sustainability". In design theory, there was no definition by which we may discern design as "sustainable". As the result of my research, I offered such a definition proposing that design may be discerned as "sustainable" to the extent it resolves side-effects of the design.

To continue my research on the subject of sustainability, I am researching for a book further exploring the links between designing things and sustainability.

Research topics:

Philosophy of Design, Ethics and Values; Design Theory, Epistemology; Sustainability and Sustainable Design.

Publications:

Sustainable Design and Sustainability: where we are today. Teknik & Miljø, May 2017, p. 46-47.

Effects of design and sustainable design of technical artefacts. In P. E. Vermaas & S. Vial (Eds.), Advancements in Philosophy of Design. Design Research Foundations, Springer. https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319733012. The Netherlands. (2018).

Forsker: Er vindmøller overhovedet bæredygtige? Article for Debate at altinget.dk, Danish politics portal. http://www.altinget.dk. Denmark. (2016).

What is sustainable about sustainable design? Article in CSR-Link newsletter, Danish Not for Profit Organisation, Denmark. (2016).    

Explicating the Sustainable Design of Technical Artefacts, Ph.D Thesis. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation Printing Workshop. Denmark. (2016). http://research.kadk.dk

Insidious side effects of design and how to turn them into values of sustainability in design. Conference Paper, Cumulus Mumbai 2015: In a planet of our own - a vision of sustainability with focus on water. http://www.inaplanetofourown.net. India. (2015).

Related:

Article about the PhD research in Danish popular science online magazine Videnskab.dk

Article about the PhD research in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten

Article about the PhD research in Danish online health and lifestyle magazine Naturli.dk