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.