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 and about humanitarian design at . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on

Big design reflections

Truls Ottesen Johansen from Big Design triggered some deep reflection among the students at our Design Thinking class today. Asking questions like ‘is war designed ‘ made the students dig deep into ideas of measurability, rationality and what constitutes a ‘good design … Continue reading

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First week of teaching Design Thinking at NTNU

Originally posted on Design Thinking:
Design Thinking at NTNU is a cross-disciplinary course spread out over 22 weeks. So far, 90 students have signed up from different countries (Erasmus students) and multiple university departments. Empathy was the focus of the first…

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Design for Picterus by Line Aspen

Click on the link to read more: Definitely a need for Picterus in Uganda!

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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: 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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