DESIGN 2020 Workshop:  Design for Global Sustainable Development

18 May, 2020; Cavtat-Dubrovnik, Croatia.


The proposed workshop is a sequel to a workshop held at ICED2019 at Delft and contributes to the Design Society’s AFRICA-DESIGN initiative.  The initiative recognizes that the continent of Africa presents a great challenge and opportunity for sustainable development in the coming decades as described in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aims to build a network of design researchers, educators, and practitioners based in African countries with particular emphasis on design for sustainable development; and to link them with colleagues in the worldwide design community. 


The workshop will focus on the intersection of four research themes generated in the ICED 2019 Delft workshop and four application domains.

DESIGN-AFRICA Research-Application Matrix









Health Care






Complex Systems Design






Design Education Co-design






Efficient Resource Usage






Product-Service Systems Design 






Other Themes







The workshop’s objectives are (i) to get deeper insights to the specific needs in an African context; (ii) to develop an actionable plan for research, education, and practice, with respect to the specific needs; (iii) to support the building of teams that can undertake follow-up actions at the intersections in the above matrix

A related objective is to develop specific ways that our African colleagues can participate in the Design Society and its various activities and meetings.  Notably, the Design Society and its members have a strong commitment to sustainable design but Society membership from African countries is very limited. The Society has set a goal to serve as a community builder (per SDG 17) leveraging a number of existing relationships between its members and colleagues in African countries, as well as cultivating new ones with academic, government, and other organizations. The workshop will explore specific ways to achieve this goal.

We invite colleagues to submit their ideas in the form of short presentations, white papers, or posters. These will be posted on the Design Society’s A-D Network for inclusion in the materials to be distributed at the workshop. If you plan to submit such an item please inform the organizers as soon as convenient. Submission deadlines will be posted in Early March 2020. 

Tentative Program   

Welcome – Organizers

Invited Presentations–  Invited Speakers

Participant Contributions – Select Submitted Contributions

Break-out Discussions – Participants in smaller groups

Vernissage of Discussions – Select Participants

Conclusions – Moderated by organizers

Organising Team: 

Margareta Norell Bergendahl

Susanne Nilsson

Panos Papalambros

Bernard Shibwabo

For further information, please contact the organizers.

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