Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

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| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Co-design Methods and Sustainable Development

  • John MotlochEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_311-1

This chapter addresses co-design and sustainable development, their interconnected role in the ongoing transition to a sustainable future, and how each is evolving within the nexus of change that includes complexity, co-design, complex system co-management, and sustainable development. To develop a more robust and balanced understanding of this nexus and its interdependencies, readers are invited to read parallel writings including one that views the nexus through the complexity - sustainable development lens (Motloch 2018a) and another that discusses it through the whole-system sustainability lens (Motloch 2018b).

Definition of Co-design

Design is a broad term that refers to the processes of envisioning, planning, preparing, and implementing intentional action. An advanced subset of design today is generally referred to as co-design, i.e., design activity that is pursued jointly.

Definition of Sustainable Development

Development is a general term that refers to the gradual formation...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education, Sustainability & Transformation ConsultantSterlingUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Patrizia Lombardi
    • 1
  1. 1.Politecnico di TorinoTurinItaly