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

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Projects 2006 2021

Research Output 1992 2019

Challenges of including human exposure to chemicals in food packaging as a new exposure pathway in life cycle impact assessment

Ernstoff, A., Niero, M., Muncke, J., Trie, X., Rosenbaum, R. K., Hauschild, M. & Fantke, P., Mar 2019, In : International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 24, 3, p. 543–552 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Challenging the "deficit model" of innovation: Framing policy issues under the innovation imperative

M. Pfotenhauer, S., Juhl, J. & Aarden, E., May 2019, In : Research Policy. 48, 4, p. 895-904 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Circular economy
Development strategy
Local development


Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award

Inge Røpke (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

The Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Award for Unconventional Thinking

Inge Røpke (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Activities 2010 2019

22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference

Susse Georg (Participant)
21 Aug 201323 Aug 2013

Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars

4S/EASST Conference

Susse Georg (Organizer)
17 Oct 201220 Oct 2012

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

4S / EASST conference

Ask Greve Jørgensen (Participant)
17 Oct 201220 Oct 2012

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Press / Media

I en verden uden vækst

Inge Røpke


1 item of media coverage

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Borgerne vil gerne sortere affaldet

Michael Søgaard Jørgensen


2 items of media coverage

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Store C25-selskaber øger fortsat CO2-udledninger

Inge Røpke


1 item of media coverage

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