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The Reflexive Designer: A method for sustainable technology development
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (CITIZYS)
2009 (English)In: SPT 2009: Converging technologies, Changing Societies / [ed] Phlip Brey, Tsjalling Swierstra, Peter-Paul Verbeek, Katinka Waelbers, Twente: University of Twente , 2009, 166-167 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The often considered most evasive part of the frequently used trinity of sustainability (economical, environmental and social), social sustainability, is also the one we tend to leave behind. It might be justified theoretically due to its complexity in order to operationalise and analyse it (which is put forward by Marshall & Toffel, 2005, among others), but is that reason enough and what are the dangers in doing so? In this article the opposite action strategy is chosen i.e. to actually focus on the concept of social sustainability by analysing the relation between social sustainability and development of technology. In doing so, a suggestion is put forward, that design theory could work as framework for further understanding, and that the notion of ‘reflexive design’ (proposed by among others Grin et al. 2004, resting on ‘reflexive modernisation’ by Beck, Giddens & Lash 1994 and ‘the reflective practitioner’ by Schön, 1983) could actually work as a design method to enhance social sustainable technology development. To be more precise, the suggestion here is that what is often forgotten in traditional design methods are (a) the position held by the designer her/himself before even meeting the stake-holders and the claim that technology designers almost act as neutral and (b) therefore could put the major responsibility on the purchaser.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Twente: University of Twente , 2009. 166-167 p.
Keyword [en]
reflexive design, social sustainability
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Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-10960OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-10960DiVA: diva2:285118
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SPT 2009
Available from: 2010-01-11 Created: 2010-01-11 Last updated: 2010-01-11Bibliographically approved

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