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Organization profile

Organisation profile


Sustainable Design and Transition (SDT) is a research group at the Department of Planning at Aalborg University Copenhagen.
The driving ambition for the research and teaching at SDT is development of products, technologies and practices that are socially and economically just as well as sustainable environmentally. SDT’s ambition is to create and convey new knwledge on the socio-technical, organizational and economic processes related to sustainable transition. SDT aims, therefore, at developing knowledge, designs, innovations and modes of organization that challenge the status quo and inspire others to change society in a more sustainable drection.
The Sustainable Design and Transition research group is situated at Aalborg University Copenhagen in the quarter of Sydhavnen.

The Sustainable Design and Transition research group is a part of Centre for Design, Innovation and Sustainable Transition (DIST). To learn more about the centre activities, please go to www.cdist.dk.



Sustainable Design and Transition is internationally recognized for its transdisciplinary approach to studies of design, technology development, consumer and industrial practices, and the governance of sustainable transitions. Grounded in science and technology studies, the research group advances understandings of how complex social-technical systems evolve and generates new insights regarding the processes and practices working towards sustainable development entails.

The research group focuses on several topics within the field of Sustainable Design and Transition:

  • Transition studies on how new actor constellations navigate in development processes related to change of distribution networks, climate adaption and urban infrastructure.
  • Sustainable product, service and system design.
  • Co-design processes and user participation in design and transitional processes related to e.g. welfare technologies.
  • Public participation and empowerment: Interventions as research methodology.
  • Public participation and staging of innovation and design processes within private and public cooperations.
  • Sustainable production, distribution and consumption.
  • Green macroeconomics and market foundations e.g. the field of energy systems.
  • Innovative remaking of market for renewable energy.

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sustainability Earth & Environmental Sciences
Denmark Social Sciences
energy Social Sciences
innovation Social Sciences
governance Social Sciences
macroeconomics Earth & Environmental Sciences
energy consumption Social Sciences
life cycle Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2006 2022

Research Output 1992 2020

Econ 101—In need of a sustainability transitio

Røpke, I., 2020, In : Ecological Economics. 169, 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Achieving sustainability transitions in residential energy use across Europe: The importance of problem framings

Jensen, C. L., Goggins, G., Røpke, I. & Fahy, F., 2019, In : Energy Policy. 133

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
residential energy
energy use
Sustainable development
Energy utilization

Anprisninger som "komposterbar" og "bionedbrydelig" er ikke nødvendigvis det miljømæssigt bedste

Translated title of the contribution: Claims like "compostable" and "biodegradable" are not necessarily the best environmentallyJørgensen, M. S., 4 Oct 2019, 3 p. Ingeniøren.

Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

Open Access


Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award

Inge Røpke (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Research, education and innovation prizes

The Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Award for Unconventional Thinking

Inge Røpke (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Research, education and innovation prizes

Activities 2010 2019

IDA Working group on ethics and technology (External organisation)

Michael Søgaard Jørgensen (Member)
Nov 2019 → …

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

IREMB Conference 2019

Kirsten Sophie Hasberg (Participant), Peter Karnøe (Organizer), Susse Georg (Organizer)
24 Oct 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

National konference om klimatilpasning

Birgitte Hoffmann (Organizer)
23 Oct 201924 Oct 2019

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation