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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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    Research Output

    Absolute sustainability: Challenges to life cycle engineering

    Hauschild, M., Kara, S. & Røpke, I., 2020, In : CIRP Annals : Manufacturing Technology. 69, 2, p. 533-553 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • A Problem-Based Approach to Teaching a Course in Engineering Mechanics

    Abou-Hayt, I., Dahl, B. & Rump, C. Ø., 2020, Educate for the future: PBL, Sustainability and Digitalisation 2020. Guerra, A., Chen, J., Winther, M. & Kolmos, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Aalborg Universitetsforlag, p. 499-509 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Case study: The effect of an amorphous hydrogenated carbon coated gear-wheel on a hydraulic orbital motor’s efficiency over time

    Bates, C. A., Broe-Richter, H. W., Rheder Bendlin, C. & Ennemark, P., Mar 2020, In : Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology,. 234, 3, p. 320-333 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award

    Røpke, Inge (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Research, education and innovation prizes

    The Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Award for Unconventional Thinking

    Røpke, Inge (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Research, education and innovation prizes


    Grøn genstart og bæredygtig omstilling

    Inge Røpke (Speaker)

    17 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

    Drift er også et felt for innovation!

    Birgitte Hoffmann (Lecturer)

    27 Feb 2020

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    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

    Press / Media

    Bæredygtig Tandklinik

    Michael Søgaard Jørgensen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Mere holdbare produkter gavner miljø og klima

    Michael Søgaard Jørgensen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media