Sustainable System Design at Aalborg University, Denmark

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Andrés Felipe Valderrama Pineda
Ulrik Jørgensen


In this paper, we discuss to what extent STS knowledge is needed and contributes to complex problem sol­ving in design engineering. We discuss this based on experiences with the program of Sustainable Design Engineering at Aalborg University in Denmark. We claim that STS contributes in three meaningful ways: by supporting a critical view on existing knowledge; by providing tools to take into account controversies and delegation of agency; and by reasserting design as a social process.


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Valderrama Pineda, A. F., & Jørgensen, U. (2018). Sustainable System Design at Aalborg University, Denmark. Diseña, (12), 126–149.
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Andrés Felipe Valderrama Pineda, Aalborg University

Mechanical Engineer, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). MSc in History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Imperial College. PhD in Design and Innovation, Technical University of Denmark. Assistant Professor, Department of Development and Planning, Aalborg University (Copenhagen). He teaches and researches in design with people, and sustainable transitions with focus on mobility issues. His latest publications are ‘The Equity Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit: A Review of the Evidence, and Implications for Sustainable Transport’ (with C. Venter, G. Jennings, & D. Hidalgo, International Journal of Sustainable Transportation vol. 12 , N° 2) and ‘Mediators Acting in Urban Transition Processes: Carlsberg City District and Cycle Superhighways’ (in Urban Sustainability Transitions, Routledge, 2017).

Ulrik Jørgensen, Aalborg University

Electronic Engineer, M.Sc. in Engineering and PhD in Innovation Economics, Technical University of Denmark. He is Professor at the Dept. of Planning at Aalborg University. He heads the Center for Design, Innovation and Sustainable Transition at the Aalborg University campus in Copenhagen. Researcher and teacher in the field of STS, working with the interface between society, technology and environment. Co-editor of Engineering Professionalism: Engineering Practices in Work and Education (with S. Brodersen, Sense Publishers, 2016); and co-author of ‘Navigations and governance in the Danish energy transition reflecting changing Arenas of Development, controversies and policy mixes’ (with M. Søgaard Jørgensen and J. Stissing Jensen, in Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 33).