Critical analysis of design and innovation approaches

Long time in the making, my paper “A critical review of approaches available for design and innovation teams through the perspective of sustainability science and system innovation theories” is finally in press and corrected proof is available online. The paper is based on my PhD work, nevertheless further developed and expanded in the past years. I submitted the manuscript to Journal of Cleaner Production in April 2013 and the review process took painfully long; not because the paper was challenged by the reviewers (all reviewers were quite positive about the paper from the beginning and provided very helpful feedback to improve its quality) but because the journal had been super slow in processing it in the first round following submission. Anyhow… It’s out there now.

In this paper I initially developed a set of evaluation criteria for approaches available to design and innovation teams based on sustainability science and, system innovation and transition theories. The set consists of five criterion: strong sustainability, systems thinking, radicalism, long-term orientation and mind-set change. Then I reviewed legislative and regulatory measures, voluntary initiatives, and design and innovation frameworks covering design for eco-innovations, product-service systems, design for the bottom of pyramid, biomimicry design, cradle to cradle design, and The Natural Step (aka The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development). Below is the table summarising the critical review findings.

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Dr. Idil Gaziulusoy

I am a lecturer/researcher in the area of design and innovation for sustainability. My research is about system innovations and transitions for sustainability and aligning micro, meso and macro-level changes towards the necessary societal transformation. I am particularly interested in developing theories and tools/methods to help organisations to actively participate in upcoming systemic changes through developing social, organisational and technological innovations using design thinking, systems thinking, sustainability science and futures inquiry methods. Currently, I am the Principal Researcher of Visions, Scenarios and Pathways for Low Carbon Urban Living project at Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL) of University of Melbourne, Australia.

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