STUDY: Identifying successful design processes for the humanitarian relief and transitional development market

Please e-mail the research team at contact (at) emergentagency (dot) orgif you want to get in touch regarding this study.

What does it take for a product developer/designer to succeed in the market between an emergency and a transitional development phase? What characterizes the design process and how do they retrieve the necessary information necessary to create enough insight to fill the high expectations of the international humanitarian aid organizations? What is the role of sustainability and usability within this sector?

Together with Ana Laura R. Santos, a PhD Candidate from Delft Technical University, I will attempt to answer these questions through an interview study with well established product developers, that will take place this summer. The aim is to extract useful insights and perhaps a communication tool for developers and designers that work with relief settings.

The results will be presented and further discussed at the AidEx 2012 Exhibition in Brussels.

“Taking place on 24-25 October 2012 in Brussels, AidEx is the annual opportunity for humanitarian and development aid professionals to come together to shape the future and to facilitate improvements in the delivery of humanitarian aid and development.AidEx has been created with direct input from major NGOs and includes an exhibition, conference, practical workshops and networking opportunities.”


About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on and about humanitarian design at . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s