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Cooperation creates new knowledge

Co-operation and user involvement are core elements in the Sustainable Design and Transition (SDT) research.
SDT’s researchers cooperate with external parties in specific development projects. That scientific research is used in helping organizations to produce new languages, new practices and/or new models is critical to the SDT staff. Thus, for us cooperation is not a one-directional application of academic knowledge in various domains of practice. On the contrary, we emphasize engaging with practitioners – or as some say ‘researchers in the wild’ – with the ambition of developing new frameworks and shaping the future together, that is supported by both research and practice. Cooperation involves both dialogue and joint development processes that contribute with new knowledge and insights for all parties.

The SDT staff takes part in activities that actively promote commitment, co-design processes and collaborative learning amongst different actors: Companies, consultancy companies, citizen groups, organisations and local governments. SDT emphasizes development of learning based and experimental approaches to the study of innovation, sustainability and transition.

Please read more about the advantages of cooperation with the University of Aalborg and about the most common forms of partnerships.

Cooperation can take many forms

The Sustainable Design and Transition research group (SDT) cooperates closely with public organizations such as the Municipality of Copenhagen and The Capital Region of Denmark; with public-private partnerships such as Gate 21 and with individual companies and NGOs. Cooperation with external stakeholders also takes place in connection with student projects and the courses offered in the various educational program.

SDT conducts research in collaboration with other Danish research environments as well as with research groups and universities in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. Working in the cross-cutting fashion provides a strong potential for extending research in sustainable transitions to other countries and continents.

Ongoing research projects

SDT researchers are currently involved in the following externally financed research projects:

  • EcoMac: Ecological macroeconomics and sustainable transition – critical and constructive perspectives.
  • Water in Urban Areas 2014-2018: An innovation network for climate resilient and sustainable cities.
  • IPower: A research and innovation platform devoted to the development of an intelligent and flexible energy system that can handle fluctuating power generation.
  • Sustainable Production 3.0: [Bæredygtig production 3.0]*: Business transitions to a circular economy.
  • WIND2050: Multidisciplinary study on local acceptance and development of wind power projects.
  • TRANSIT: On social innovation and empowerment.
  • UserTec: On user practices, technologies and reducing residential energy consumption.
  • Future Land Management: Overview of land use in Denmark and showcase of conflicts and combination possibilities as well as forms of regulations that can influence the future field of research.
  • Control the Energy [Styr energien] *:On testing models for cooperation and business modelling to make reduction of energy consumption attractive for small scale businesses.
  • Salt Flush [Saltskyl]*: Full scale test to make local ground water resources possible for toilet flush use, including user test and evaluation of influence on water use.
  • Local implementation of energy strategies: On developing strategies and guidelines for concrete implementation of targets for increased energy efficiency in communities.
    Building Stronger Universities: A partnership programme on strengthening Kathmandu University’s capacity to carry out quality research and PhD education on major social, economic, and technical aspects of societal development in Nepal.
  • Public sector innovation and participation processes [Innovation og inddragelsesprocesser i den offentlige sektor]*: A cooperation project with the municipality of Copenhagen on how to cooperate with citizens, users and other stakeholders in the development of future cities.
  • I-REMB: Focuses on the entangled technological, regulatory and market challenges associated with the making markets for renewable energy system

*: Please note, this web-site is not in English.