Shifting Conversations for Sustainability Transitions Using Participatory Design Visioning

Idil Gaziulusoy, Chris Ryan

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Sustainability transitions require structural changes in society. There is a need for utilising new and established methods of futures inquiry. This paper presents how design visioning has been used to initiate, stimulate and shift stakeholder conversations in the Visions and Pathways 2040 project which aimed to develop innovation strategies and policies to achieve low-carbon, resilient futures in Australian cities. We recommend that teams working in sustainability transitions
research should ideally have internal design capacity or, they regularly engage with
outsourced design capacity throughout the project. Since it is not possible to directly engage all stakeholders in transition projects, the research teams should reflect on the extent of participation and the implications of this extent on the politics of the project on an ongoing and transparent way. We identified exploring the implications of thinking styles, professional backgrounds and organisational associations in visioning exercises as a future research direction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign for Next
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference. Sapienza University of Rome, 12-14 April 2017, supplement of The Design Journal
EditorsLoredana Di Lucchio, Lorenzo Imbesi, Paul Atkinson
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-138-09023-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational European Academy of Design Conference - Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Duration: 12 Apr 201714 Apr 2017
Conference number: 12

Publication series

NameThe Design Journal
PublisherTaylor & Francis
NumberSupplement 1
ISSN (Print)1460-6925
ISSN (Electronic)1756-3062


ConferenceInternational European Academy of Design Conference
Abbreviated titleEAD
Internet address


  • Climate change
  • design for sustainability
  • transitions
  • system transformations
  • Australia


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