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Special issue: Design for Diversity

Special issue: Design for Diversity

Call for manuscripts

The journal Form Akademisk is an open access, peer-reviewed scientific forum for the documentation of design and design education research, broadly defined. Please, find the journal at

The journal is presently planning a special issue on design for diversity.

Cultural diversity can be defined as the rich variation that exists between different cultures, as opposed to a society marked by a monoculture, such as the global monoculture. The phrase is also sometimes used to denote the variety of human societies or cultures in a specific region, or in the world as a whole. This has great impact on how products and services should be shaped to satisfy the various socio-cultural and geographic segments of the market. It constitutes a great challenge to designers and design educators. We hope to initiate a broad cross disciplinary discussion on the topic, that addresses all the main dimensions of the theme. Suggested major topics:

- The dimensions and meanings of cultural diversity
- Politics and power
- Transmission and transition of cultures
- Heritage and innovation
- Indigenous and vernacular traditions versus fashion
- Gender cultures
- Design and learning approaches

The manuscripts should should not exceed 6,000 words and be submitted by November 30th 2017.

Please follow the Author Guidelines outlined at the following link: and use the journal’s style sheet at: .

Relevant manuscripts will be subject to double blind peer reviewing, upon which the editorial committee will make its selection.

Astrid Skjerven, Professor PhD, Oslo and Akershus University College of the Applied Sciences (main guest editor).

Richard Daly, PhD, Anthropological consultant, Canadian First Nations.

Liv Lande, PhD, Cultural consultant, Japan’s embassy in Norway (guest editor).

Janne Beate Reitan, Associate Professor, PhD, Oslo and Akershus University College of the Applied sciences, Form Akademisk Editor-in-chief.

18th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production: 1-5 October 2017

We would like to inform you that the 18th European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production will be held in Skiathos Island, Greece from 1st to 5th of October 2017. The Conference is organized by the National Technical University of Athens.

We are inviting authors to prepare original Abstracts/Papers, state of the art reviews or case studies for the European   Roundtable   on   Sustainable   Consumption   and   Consumption   and   Production (ERSCP).

One page Abstracts of 400–500 words are invited in response to this Call for Papers. The abstracts must be prepared in English. Abstracts may be submitted via the following Link:

Advanced registration at is strongly recommended.

Result ISDRS Board Election 2016-2017

After the summer break the ISDRS organized elections for two board members, whose first term in the Board ended and for four newly nominated board members, who are partly replacing some board members who served their 2 terms of 3 years in the ISDRS Board, according to our statute (see We are very happy to announce that all six candidates have been (re-)elected with a substantial majority of the votes by the eligible members of the ISDRS (Green+ members).

Therefore, firstly, we congratulate Tomas Ramos and Volker Mauerhofer with their re-election. We trust in your continued contribution to the further growth of our Society! Secondly, we congratulate and welcome Marlen Arnold (Germany); Anne Wallis (Australia), Simon Bell (UK) and Rodrigo Lozano (Sweden). Please read about them on the following page board members page. We are sure they will be adding new energy to the our worldwide community and we are looking forward to our continued and intensified collaboration.

23rd ISDRS conference, June 14-16 in Bogotá, Colombia

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) is pleased to announce its 23rd Annual conference to be held on June 14-16 in Bogotá, Colombia; hosted by the Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM)!

Inclusive Sustainability for Development: How to engage academy, government, communities and business

The ISDRS 2017 Core Themes are:
Theme I.         Sustainable Development Science
Theme II.        Ecosystem Pressures and Limits
Theme III.       Climate Change and Energy
Theme IV.      Sustainable Land Use & Sustainable Cities
Theme V.        Sustainability: Transitions and Innovations in Organisations
Theme VI.      Society, Quality of Life and Sustainability
Theme VII.     Institutions and Governance Structures for Sustainable Development


  • Abstract Submission Opening: 24 October 2016
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 December 2016
  • Accepted Abstract Notification: 15 February 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Online: 31 March 2017

For more information about the conference, visit:






Participants of the GRSP&C 2015 are calling on national Governments for action COP 21

During the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRSP&C) that took place in Barcelona (Spain) last month, participants (including ISDRS members) have agreed on composing and signing a statement to COP 21. The goal of the statement is accelerating the transition to equitable, sustainable, post-fossil carbon societies. Below is the full statement as sent to the UNFCCC at the start of COP 21.

Global Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRSP&C)

Accelerating the transition to equitable, sustainable, post-fossil carbon societies

Melia Sitges Hotel, Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 13:05–15:35, Maestral 4 room

Statement to COP 21[1]

On behalf of the participants of the GRSP&C 2015 we are calling on national Governments for action in the following areas to achieve the stated goals:

  1. COP 21 World Leaders and Governments to reach a strong and binding climate agreement during COP 21 and to fulfil the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development 2015–2030.
  2. For governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, and to embed this in the agreement to be signed at COP21 in Paris.
  3. For businesses to match this ambition by committing to long-term targets and driving low-carbon solutions to scale – thereby enabling the world to achieve the net-zero 2050 target.
  4. For both businesses and governments to adopt meaningful and effective carbon pricing.
  5. For governments to end all fossil fuel subsidies, and to shift this capital to help scale affordable renewable energy solutions to enable wider economic transformation.
  6. For both businesses and governments to ensure the benefits of responses to climate change flow to vulnerable and impoverished communities that suffer disproportionately from climate change and are least equipped to cope with its impacts.
  7. Invite, challenge, support and showcase universities and colleges as living laboratories and agents of change for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  8. Acknowledge the connection between climate change impacts and systematically embedded social and economic structures that disadvantage, harm, and kill people all over the world.
  9. Invest significant financial support to promote national and regional energy transition.
  10. Develop and implement policy frameworks that embed accountability and responsibility for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Changes in infrastructures and available customer choices are required for sustainable consumption break through. Politicians shall not run away from governing for strong sustainable consumption. Individual consumers will play a key role. Bridging the ‘attitude-behaviour’ or ‘values-action gap’ is needed; it requires time for research, right price policy, information and the cognitive effort.

Future research in e.g. systems science for cross-disciplinary and cross-sector leadership and innovation for sustainability, consumer behaviour and practices, connections consumption-environment, consumption-sustainability and consumption-quality of life, envisioning sustainable future, as well as impact of sustainable consumption policies, implementation and dissemination studies and experiments are needed.

Together with continental Roundtables on Sustainable Production and Consumption we will cooperate with international networks, organisations and Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to fulfil the above Conclusions and the Statment in the next years.

Accelerate the transition: clean world campaign – come out with global consensus!

[1] The twenty-first Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, France

Board of ISDRS – results of annual voting process

According to the charter of the International Sustainable Development Research Society, all green+ members (these are those who are at least for 2 years member of the society) have the active and the passive voting right for the board of directors of the society. New candidates are nominated by the board; these nominations are mainly based on proposals from the members meetings hold at each annual conference. Four people had been nominated for this year’s election: Walter Vermeulen (president, to be re-elected Board Member), Pauline Deutz (vie-president, to be re-elected Board Member), Rupert J. Baumgartner (executive secretary, to be re-elected Board Member) and Astrid Skjerven (New candidate Board Member). We are happy to announce that all nominees where elected with a great majority by the green+ members in an online voting process.

We welcome especially our new colleague in the board of ISDRS: Dr. Astrid Skjerven is Professor in design theory at the Department of Product Design, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway. She has a doctorate in design history from The University of Oslo. Her special field of interest is the phenomenon of Scandinavian design in a global context, the impact of design on daily life, and cultural sustainability.

Getting Product Prices Right

In November 2015 the International Sustainable Research Society (ISDRS) is organizing a special session at the Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference with the main theme “Accelerating the Transition to Equitable Post Fossil-Carbon Societies”.

The topic of “Making next steps in Getting Product Prices Right: Challenges and Opportunities for Approaches for Disclosing the Hidden Parts of the Prices of Products”.

Time and location are: Sitges, Barcelona, Spain, 1-4 November 2015.


The meeting will be chaired by Dr. W.J.V. Vermeulen (Utrecht University, Prof. dr. G.A. Norris (Harvard University) and Prof. dr. Rupert Baumgartner (University of Graz) we are organizing a special session on This special session will be

The aim of this special session to bring together those who in practice are working with various approaches for disclosing the hidden prices of products or who are developing such approaches (see the flyer).


Results (Re-)election of Board Members 2014

As the voting of board members for the ISDRS has finished and the ballots are counted, we are happy to announce the results.
Of all Green+ members invited to vote, 40.2% has voted.
All nominees have received enough votes to be elected. This means all 7 board members that were to be re-elected, remain in the board of the ISDRS.
And both of our new nominees have also received enough votes. So we can welcome them both to our board.

Board members who are re-elected: Pontus Cerin, Peter Dobers, Martina Keitsch, Shobhana Madhavan, Arun Sahay, Peter Schlosser and Richard Welford.

And a special welcome to our two new board members: Olawale Olayide and Joachim Spangenberg.