On a global scale, 20% of the world’s population continue to exploit more than 80% of its resources and climate change is agreed to be an extreme threat to our civilization, and the UN Agenda 2030 points out many of the challenges.  

We need to raise questions about the future and how innovative solutions to development issues, that are not only solving the pressing needs of the present but are enhancing the ability of future generations to meet new complex challenges. As a consequence, increasing our knowledge on the specific characteristics of a global development context, unearthing the true needs and what this implies for engineering design education and research approaches is crucial. By this, the creation of a mutual innovation capacity can be spurred; a capacity we believe is a necessity in order to successfully meet the global challenges we are facing.

We hereby invite colleagues from any area that have an interest in global sustainable development and how it can be linked to areas within engineering design to a workshop at ICED 2019 in Delft. The two overall research questions for the workshop concern: 

1)    how design science research and education can improve current ways of meeting sustainability challenges in global development 
2)    in what way design science research and education can be enriched through engaging in global sustainable development.

The objectives of the workshop at the conference is to spark a discussion on the mutual relation between engineering design and sustainable development in global development contexts. We hope to identify overarching research themes and potential new research and education collaborations with respect to cultural and resource differences. 
In this workshop, we want to get deeper insights to the specific needs in the African context and what requirement such setting provides for engineering design research and education when it comes to the principles and approaches in use. Further, we want to investigate the different dimensions of global sustainable development and how these can be linked to other more established areas within engineering design.

We also want to raise questions about the future in terms of  ‘What are the needed capabilities of the engineers/designers of tomorrow – in different cultures?

Program (work in progress)
Welcome – Panos Papalambros and Margareta Norell Bergendahl
Introductory talks – African speaker (TBD), Chris McMahon, Susanne Nilsson, John Clarkson
Participating contributions selected from different countries/research teams
Break-out discussions in smaller groups
Vernissage of outcome of discussions 
Conclusions – moderated by Panos Papalambros

Organising team: 
Margareta Norell Bergendahl, Susanne Nilsson, Panos Papalambros,


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