Regenerative sustainability now! Open call for master thesis projects that will make a difference

The Regenerative Technologies research group is working on several research projects focusing on sustainability. We have two master thesis projects available (see here). We are in addition open to master students who have their own idea for a master thesis topic. Talk to us and we will see if we can develop it together into a master thesis proposal. This open call gives you the opportunity to really make a difference and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Multi function plastic machine from "Precious Plastic Canaries"

Source: Regenesis Group

Recently, the University of Oslo adopted its own Sustainability Strategy. Lots of nice words, but as always, there is tension between what is said and what is done. Real change is needed if we want to tackle the climate emergency and the attack on biodiversity. We often look at design to be that changemaker. Since the 1970s, the terms sustainable design and green design have been used to refer to design that makes a difference. We are now in 2022 and we are still surrounded by unsustainable design. We therefore would like our master students to go a step further and investigate the field of regenerative design.

Regenerative design pursues a holistic worldview in which humans and nature work together to create a livable place/community for all. When you design, you need to take the whole system in consideration. That means that in a regenerative design process, a river or a tree or an ecosystem can be a co-designer. This changes the way how we think about design. If this is something that triggers your interest, and you have an idea for a topic, contact us.

If you want to read more about regenerative design and regenerative sustainability, see the literature below.

To discuss your idea for a thesis, please contact:


We regard the social aspect of doing a master thesis as important as the academic aspect. As supervisors we will offer you an engaged and inspiring environment in the Sustainability Lab as well as access to experts when needed.

Recommended courses:

References and inspiring literature:

Design projects

Blurring the lines between humans and nature - Umeå Institute of Design


Ceschin, F., & Gaziulusoy, İ. (2019). Design for Sustainability: A Multi-level Framework from Products to Socio-technical Systems. Routledge.

Gibbons, L. V. (2020). Regenerative—The New Sustainable? Sustainability, 12(13), 5483.

Jankel, N. S. (2021). Regenerative Tech: Slow Down & Mend Things. Switch On.

Mang, P., & Reed, B. (2012). Regenerative Development and Design. In R. A. Meyers (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology (pp. 8855–8879). Springer.

Reed, B. (2007). Shifting from ‘sustainability’ to regeneration. Building Research & Information, 35(6), 674–680.

Space 10. (2021). Regenerative by Design.

Wikipedia (2022). Regenerative design.

Emneord: regeneration, sustainability, design, bærekraft, bærekraftsmålene
Publisert 14. sep. 2022 14:09 - Sist endret 12. okt. 2022 15:03

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