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

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: … Continue reading

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How can innovation deliver humanitarian outcomes?


Please check out my recent publication written with researchers from PRIO/NCHS. This policy brief touches upon how policy makers can influence some core issues of humanitarian innovation and impact:  http://reliefweb.int/report/world/how-can-innovation-deliver-humanitarian-outcomes A major thanks to all who contributed through the dialogue … Continue reading

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The how’s of Humanitarian Innovation for NTNU and other academic ‘engineering’ institutions


1 How do we link contribution with goals? NTNU can be a driver for the creation of academic knowledge on how technological innovations can impact humanitarian goals. In order to do this, we must build understanding of what the specific … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Jan Egeland at NTNU: we need more money but must work smarter


 Jan Egeland is today present at NTNU in Trondheim to speak about humanitarian innovation and how to assist refugees globally. Jan Egeland explains that we are today the most innovating university in Norway and provides a list of challenges for … Continue reading

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Studenter for en bedre verden


Et inspirasjonsseminar for Eksperter i Team-studenter og andre studenter som ønsker å jobbe med problemstillinger i samfunnet og verden. Hovedtemaene er bærekraft og flykningekrisen. Med store navn som foredragsholdere: Jan Egeland fra Flyktninghjelpen, Simen Knudsen fra DNV GL, Per R.Sandberg … Continue reading

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Humanitarian markets: challenges and opportunities for innovation


Date/Time: 2nd December 2015 Location: PRIO In the third seminar of the Humanitarian Innovation Lab dialogue series, Norwegian and International stakeholders are invited to discuss ‘the humanitarian market’. It has been acknowledged that the humanitarian relief system needs a paradigm…

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Research fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies


I have recently joined the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies as a research fellow. Please visit their website for more information.          

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Welcome to my PhD defense the 27th October


Dear friends, Thank you to everyone for your collaboration and input, that led to the emergence of my Ph.D. dissertation “Framing humanitarian action through design thinking”. The defense will take place on the 27th of October and I hope to … Continue reading

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Dependable and renewable energy for hospitals in Somalia


W.Giertsen, one of the companies included in my Ph.D. studies, is moving forward with Somali government initiated projects for renewable energy. Public private partnerships (PPPs) are regarded as the future by many development agencies. Read more about this here: Renewable … Continue reading

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