Author Archives: Brita Fladvad Nielsen

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 www.designthinkingresearch.wordpress.com and about humanitarian design at www.designforselfreliance.wordpress.com . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on Aurorasittsprak.wordpress.com

Does design or design thinking change the world?


I completed my Ph.D. in 2015. In my Ph.D., I applied design thinking as a research process, with the aim to understand humanitarian action. The main message became, during my research, that the humanitarian system is a wicked problem. It is currently a … Continue reading

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Green walls and economic opportunities to migrate


During my work for UNIDO, I used to have a pretty good overview of Latin American projects in the GEF, the global environmental facility. Today, I read an editorial piece about the unintended impacts of ‘green walls’ made to stop desertification, financed through GEF. This piece … Continue reading

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Lecture on Design without Borders Uganda by Kathinka Hasselknippe


Dear all designers and non-designers interested in the power of design in all contexts; and particularly in design for development and humanitarian design, Industrial designer Kathinka Hasselknippe will hold a lecture on Design without Borders Uganda At 12:30 on Tuesday … Continue reading

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Design without Borders designs a low-cost medical device for administering safe IV-tranfusions


Congratulations on the great example of rapid prototyping for human centred design for development contexts!   From their FB page: Exciting times; the first prototype of the ECGF infusion set, a low-cost medical device for administering safe IV-tranfusions, is ready … Continue reading

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Reflections from human-centered design research in Uganda; by Lina Aspen


I asked Lina Aspen, industrial designer, to write some reflections following her trip to Uganda where she mapped end-user needs for Picterus. Here is what she wrote: Empathy for the end user and who is really the end user? To make … Continue reading

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“This will be the battle of the century” – City of Amsterdam on Smart Cities


Originally posted on Design Thinking:
During the Annex63 meeting on energy in urban planning in Amsterdam and Leiden, the City of Amsterdam shared some of their experiences and concerns. They have recently gone through an organizational change and say that…

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Humanitarian design – YouTube lecture 


My lecture at Big Design 2016 symposium

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