Design for refugees with NRC at Big Design 

Today was a big day,  where NRC spent an entire day at the campus of NTNU to discuss concrete ideas for humanitarian innovation. Focus is set on among others sustainable energy for Dadaab, university educaton for refugees, and the use of Big data and safe data handling among others. 

For the design students, Pietro Galli and Eric Demers emphasized that most often local populations have the solutions while we all must start as curious and learn about local mechanisms before generating ideas.

At the same time, workshop discussions were questioning the ethics of doing research on vulnerable populations and the practical challenges of involving students in work in the field.


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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