Transdisciplinary design research for sustainable futures

Recent Projects

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Smart Energy Transition

Smart Energy Transition

LeNSin – Learning Network on Sustainability

LeNSin – Learning Network on Sustainability

Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC)

Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulo...


Sustainability challenges require a restructuring of institutions and organizations in the local, regional and global scale. NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group studies design solutions, business models, bottom up initiatives and governance innovations which hold potential to contribute to sustainability. Sustainability transitions, socio-ecological transformations, sustainability science, resilience, practice theory, self-organizing systems and futures studies are the central theoretical frameworks NODUS researchers use and contribute into. NODUS pioneers in developing practice-relevant theories within the emerging area of design for sustainability transitions.

The group focuses on production-consumption systems, cities, societal support systems including energy, water, food and transport, new organizational models, and self-organization of issue-driven activist groups.

NODUS research group supports sustainability education through the interdisciplinary Creative Sustainability Masters’ programme at Aalto University.

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Recent News & Events

June 15, 2017 |

NODUS TALKS series 2017

The NODUS TALKS series brings together researchers and practitioners on topics relevant to design, innovation and...

May 6, 2016 |

Talk: Fab Labs and experiments in democratizing technologies

TIME: Tuesday 10.5.2016, 8:30-10:30 PLACE: Aalto Media Factory, Aalto ARTS Arabia This talk is given as a part of...

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