Designing for sustainability transitions of aquaculture in Finland

Luisa Mok*, İdil Gaziulusoy

*Corresponding author for this work

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To facilitate transitions in socio-technical systems, it is necessary to adopt a strategic and systemic perspective. The dynamics of socio-technical systems are associated with uncertainty and may yield to critical problems as the systems change and may lead to adverse results without deliberate intervention. This case study research develops a new theoretical framework to support strategic design interventions that aim to anticipate and address problems in systemic transitions by integrating two areas of knowledge – strategic design and transitions theories. The theoretical framework is applied to a case study of facilitating salmon trout aquaculture in Finland that has been reaching stalemate. The resulting design demonstrates a new kind of strategic design intervention that is neither attached only to the present-day concerns to solve only present problems nor abstracted merely to the strategic level to project only long-term visions. Rather, the Strategic Ekofish Certification concept presents new strategic design with operational importance to mitigate foreseeable problems aligning with near-future goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-137
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Aquaculture transitions
  • Design for sustainability
  • Strategic design
  • Sustainability transitions
  • System innovation
  • Transition design


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