Organisation profile

Organisation profile

In the AAU Design Lab we use design thinking as driver for sustainable transition. We approach the present challenges of the unsustainable production and consumption patterns with new ground-breaking ideas and approaches.

Transition towards a more sustainable use of products and circular economy begins in the design process. It is not enough to upcycle or recycle products once they have been discarded.

In the  AAU Design Lab, we do research on how to create products that will solve long-term problems and that people will use, cherish and love for a long time. We do research on how to create products, that are not prematurely discarded, because they have become obsolete either functionally, aesthetically or technically. And we test concepts, methods and new systemic approaches to sustainable design, development, materials and production, that can extend products' value and lower their environmental impact.

We are a group of 10-12 design researchers. If you are intereste in collaboration, reach out to our head of research Asso. Professor Linda Nhu Laursen at  


  • Industry and Production
  • Design
  • Sustainability
  • Design to last
  • Longivity
  • Design Methods
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Experiments

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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Collaborations from the last five years

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