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Regenerative Technologies

The Regenerative Technologies research group aims to contribute to redirecting human modes of planetary habitation towards sustainment. We ask: What are technologies that repair, restore, and regenerate rather than harm people and degenerate our planet? Our focus is on digital artefacts and digitalisation processes and the practices that they shape.

Our understanding of sustainability is guided by the Planetary Boundaries, a science-based framework, is in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and can be defined as Securing the social foundation for people everywhere now and in the future, while staying within planetary boundaries.

Approach
Our interdisciplinary team shares a practice-based approach combined with theoretical understandings from Critical Theory, Systems Thinking, Science and Technology Studies, and Design for Sustainability. Our empirical and exploratory methodologies, such as ethnography, life cycle assessment, case studies, and research through design are informed by a critical research paradigm and put into practice in our Sustainability Lab.

We explore proto-practices, both on a organisation as well as product level, with the aim of creating new knowledge for regenerative practices. Current research projects focus on sustainability-oriented innovation, mobile phone production and consumption, maintenance and repair, and energy conservation.

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The Sustainability Lab is a research lab in which we engage with sustainability through workshops, events, and other practice-based activities. The Lab is a meeting place and research lab for all researchers and students working on sustainability issues at IFI. The Sustainability Lab has its own website, where we also present more details about our research projects.

Our projects

  • In Circular Energy for a Sustainable Circular Economy (Circular Energy 2021-2023), a thematic research group financed by UiO:Energy, Regenerative Technologies investigates the role of design, maintenance, and repair in the conservation of digitalisation technologies. We aim to contribute to sustainable digitalisation practices. Research activities take place in cooperation with the Department of Private Law, Climate House in Oslo and the Life Sciences Library of the UiO. Regenerative Technologies participants are Maja van der Velden (project leader), Tigist Fetene Adane (post-doc), Ines Junge (PhD candidate), and Eleanor Johnson (research support).
  • In Futuring Sustainable Nordic Busines Models (Futuring Nordics, 2019 - 2022), a thematic research group financed by UiO:Norden, the Regenerative Technologies research group investigates how companies transition to sustainable business models. The focus is on product design, repair, and design thinking. Regenerative Technologies participants are Maja van der Velden (deputy project leader), Svein Kjøde (PhD candidate), Ines Junge (PhD candidate), and Eleanor Johnson (research support).

Previous Projects

Tags: sustainability, design, transition, systems thinking, service design, design thinking, social sustainability
Published Nov. 11, 2020 3:06 PM - Last modified Aug. 31, 2021 1:17 PM