The Humanitarian Innovation and Design seminar took place at the department of product design at NTNU the 11th of March.

A major part of the seminar was allocated to brief presentations, with following questions and discussions. A final group work session elaborated upon the questions that had emerged during the day. A significant part of the discussions was related to education and research at NTNU within the topic of humanitarian innovation, including:

HI Lab workshop

  • HUMANITARIAN PROJECT INVENTORY: Within NTNU as well as nationally there is no inventory of researchers or projects relating to humanitarian innovation. Connecting people¬† working with similar issues would be an asset for a HI Lab.
  • CONTEXTUALIZATION COURSES: The topic of contextualization had been brought up by one presentation about an energy project in Ethiopia and a resulting discussion was concerned with how the different departments can better collaborate regarding field research and preparations for field work.

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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
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