A fundamental change needed in our society to reach
sustainability is the shift from an oppressive and competitive to a
just and collaborative way of organization (Manzini and Vezzoli,
2002; Ostrom, 2009; Schumacher, 1973).
This research project explores anti-oppressive and decolonial
approaches to Design for Sustainability.
The overarching frame is of learning (to) design from a Gaian
perspective (Lovelock 1995, Latour 2015), asking "how do we do
things together since we are together anyway?". I argue that, if we
do not pay attention to design and its situatedness, we may sustain
structures and practices of oppression and colonization. Seeing
pedagogy as a way of being with and in and as the world, I use
critical pedagogy (Freire, 1996) and de/post-colonial discourses
(Mignolo, 2000; Escobar, 2018) as a frame to explore how design for
sustainability can support diversity and emancipation.
Supervisors: Johan Redström and Brendon
Areas of interest: Design for Sustainability,
Anthropocene, Postcolonial studies, Participatory Design, Design
Anthropology, Sustainability Science and Social Innovation.