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Designing for system-level and behaviour change

Published May 12, 2024

As part of the ITRL Breakfast Seminars series, Martin Sjöman, design researcher and lecturer at KTH presented his Doctoral Research on Designing for system-level and behaviour change.

Martin Sjöman
Martin Sjöman

In a series of design-driven living labs from 2014-2024, possible sustainable futures have been prototyped in the context of people’s everyday lives. In most cases, these futures have concerned personal transportation. Here, users engaged as 'co-researchers' have been challenged to try out change and explore socio-technical system shifts' complexities. Relevant private and public actors have been engaged hands-on in these learning processes and helped uncover system-level tensions and deficiencies. To understand possible sustainable futures and to sufficiently address the need for behaviour change, design-driven and more open-ended research approaches could play an important role. Still, these approaches are resource-demanding and challenge common understandings of research processes and methods. In this seminar, Martin Sjöman from the Green Leap design research group at KTH presents some core concepts from his doctoral dissertation about real-life experimentation and discusses how different types of research are fit for various purposes and development stages.

Presentation Slides: ITRL seminar_Martin Sjöman.pdf (pdf 2.6 MB)

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