Designing Innovation – The Role of Engineering Design to Realise Sustainability Challenges

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Ola Isaksson (1), Claudia M. Eckert (2)
Series: DESIGN
Institution: 1: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; 2: The Open University, United Kingdom
Section: Design for Sustainability
Page(s): 1021-1030
DOI number:
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


Sustainability challenges drive innovation, yet few studies attend to the role of design to realise innovation. This paper report from a full day workshop and panel discussion with 100 delegates at the ICED 2021 conference. Industrialists, academics and societal representatives discussed how to deal with five conflicting themes. It is argued that innovation actors will need to take a joint action to the problem, industrial value chains need to co-innovate and that long term challenging targets are powerful metrics to drive transformation.

Keywords: sustainable innovation, design education, design methods, sustainable design

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