Shifting Conversations for Sustainability Transitions Using Participatory Design Visioning

A. İdil Gaziulusoy*, Chris Ryan

*Corresponding author for this work

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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
Pages (from-to)S1916-S1926
Number of pages11
JournalDesign Journal
Issue numbersup1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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

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