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Venue: Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design14 Lm Ericssons väg 126 27 Hägersten-Liljeholmen.

Stockholm Environment Institute started to engage with design as a human-centered research approach in 2015, primarily applying design thinking to solving complex sustainability problems in the Global South.

Through a series of case studies in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Colombia we have combined service design with more “established” social science methods, including field experiments. What have we learned so far and what should we develop further? How can we make the best use of design capabilities for sustainable development projects? This seminar provides a unique space with an opportunity to discuss these questions.

Using two different cases of design-research collaboration at SEI as the foundation for discussion, we will draw out the insights and challenges we encountered in our exploration. Our aim is to gather ideas and reflections from you about the future of such transdisciplinary work for addressing socio-ecological challenges.


09:00-09:15 Introductions and background

09:15-09:50 Case study 1: Clean Cookstoves in Kenya

  • Susanne Ringström, Service Designer at Expedition Mondial and Ylva Ran, Research Fellow at SEI discuss how service design was used to understand the future service system for clean cookstoves in Nairobi.

09:50-10:30 Case study 2: Payment for Ecosystem Services in Colombia

  • Fiona Lambe, Research Fellow at SEI and Karin Petrusson, Master’s student in Design at Konstfack discuss their collaboration in a research project looking at possible interventions to support sustainable livelihoods of small-scale coffee farmers in Caldas, Colombia.

10:30-11:00 Fika and mingle

11:00-12:00 Interactive discussion and brainstorming on future development of design in sustainable development research

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