Sustainability & Design Lab

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  • Research: Exploring and designing the transformative potential of products and practices to address complex social and environmental sustainability challenges in our communities, organisations, and society at large.

  • Practice: Hands-on engagement with sustainability through making, design, and repair activities.

  • Team: We are a small, interdisciplinary group of researchers and educators using different research and design approaches to support the transition towards sustainable futures.

  • Collaboration: A meeting place for all researchers and students working on sustainability issues at the Department of Informatics.

The Sustainability & Design Lab is hosted by the Sustainability and Design research group.


UiO:Energy project - 2021-2023: Circular Energy for a Sustainable Circular Economy: Exploring design, maintenance, and repair as energy conservation strategies (Circular Energy)

UiO:Norden project - 2019 - 2022: Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models (Futuring Nordics) (link)

Master student projects 2020-2022 in cooperation with Statsbygg and the Life Sciences building (link)



  • Oteng-Ababio, Martin & Maja van der Velden (2020). Connectivity in Chaotic Urban Spaces: Mapping Informal Mobile Phone Market Clusters in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Asian and African Studies,
  • Maitre-Ekern, Eléonore, Taylor, Mark & Maja van der Velden (2020). Towards a Sustainable Circular Economy: SMART Reform Proposals. University of Oslo Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2020-12, Nordic & European Company Law Working Paper No. 20-10, Available at SSRN:
  • Oteng-Ababio, Martin; van der Velden, Maja & Taylor, Mark Beaumont (2020). Building Policy Coherence for Sound Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Management in a Developing Country. Journal of Environment & Development
  • Srivastava, Swati & Culén, Alma Leora (2019). From Niche to Mainstream Transitions: Digital Second-hand Markets for Millennials, In Piet Kommers; Guo Chao Peng; Luís Rodrigues & Pedro Isaías (ed.),  Proceedings of the International Conferences ICT, Society and Human Beings 2019, Connected Smart Cities 2019, Web Based Communities and Social Media 2019.  IADIS Press.  ISBN 978-1-5108-9241-5.  3, pp.19-27.
  • Taylor, Mark Beaumont & van der Velden, Maja (2019). Resistance to Regulation: Failing Sustainability in Product Lifecycles. Sustainability, 11(22).

Upcoming activities

Previous events

25. February 2020 - Virtually visiting the Life Sciences building using VR

27. February 2020 - Smart Final confence (link)

25. March 2020 - How to implement a literature review. Zoom meeting. Presentations by Mariann Lund and Mahsa Motevallian.

29. April 2020 - Research methods