Towards a humanitarian innovation lab at NTNU

In August I presented an article at the Norddesign2016 conference. The article presents recommendations for cross-disciplinary humanitairan innovation work at NTNU and is based on a multi-sectoral dialogue series in Trondheim and Oslo. The full article will be available soon:

The Humanitarian Innovation lab dialogue series: suggesting the ‘how’s’ of humanitarian innovation at NTNU


Humanitarian crises are expanding in frequency and the humanitarian system is overwhelmed by the difficulties of linking sustainability, resilience and urgent response through humanitarian action. Technological, service and system-oriented changes are requested and humanitarian sector ask for assistance from academia during the move towards a new humanitarian paradigm. A dialogue series have higlighted key issues for a discussion on how humanitarian innovation should happen. Humantiarian innovation at NTNU must be a collaborative effort following a consious effort to understand and move humanitarian action towards greater fulfillment of humanitarian objectives. The impact of technological innovations on these objectives will depend upon their compliance with socio-economic factors in context and user-centered design approaches.

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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