01. The Approach
A Systems Design Approach to Sustainable Development
A common approach to deal with a complex problem is to simplify it. Alternatively, this research aims to provide a novel approach to handle complex societal problems: embracing the complexity within the system.
02. Look inside
WHAT’S INSIDE the book
The book is divided into four main studies (Chapters 2-5), published as peer-reviewed journal articles. Each publication supports the answer to the main research question:
How can systems thinking contribute to handling the complexity of sustainable product-service system design for low-income energy markets?
The findings from each study come together to provide contributions to design theory, practice, and education.
Table of Contents
1 Embracing complexity to handle energy challenges in low-income markets
1.1 Energy challenges in low-income markets
1.2 Complexity of low-income markets
1.3 Complexity of energy challenges in low-income markets
1.4 Design for sustainability and development
1.5 Sustainable energy product-service systems
1.6 Towards systems-oriented energy product-service systems
1.7 Overview of this thesis
2 Foundations for a systems design approach to complex societal problems
2.1 Systems-oriented approach to complex problems
2.2 An interdisciplinary and systematic literature review
2.3 Uncovering the foundations of systems design approach
2.4 Systems approaches
2.5 Systems methodologies
2.6 A selection of systems design approaches
2.7 Results: Conceptual framework for systems design approach
3 A multilevel analysis of sustainable energy product-service systems
3.1 Energy solutions in low-income markets
3.2 A multilevel perspective on energy product-service systems
3.3 Methodology for the case study
3.4 Multilevel analysis of a low-income energy-efficiency programme in Brazil
3.5 Discussion: Insights from the multilevel analysis
4 Introducing systems design approach in design education
4.1 Broadening the scope and complexity of design
4.2 Designing products, services and systems for low-income markets
4.3 Systems-oriented product-service system design for low-income markets
4.4 Methodology for the educational experiment
5 Capacity building for a systems design approach to complex societal problems
5.1 Capacity building for complexity
5.2 Capacity building for complex societal problems: key factors
5.3 Methodology for the educational experiment
6 Conclusions, contributions and recommendations
6.2 Main research findings
6.3 Research limitations and recommendations for the future
About the author
Accelerating the Transition to A Systems Design Approach
A systems design approach strives to achieve a holistic, multilevel, and pluralistic perspective that embraces the complexity within the system in place.
To cite this document use (APA):
COSTA JUNIOR, J. (2020). A systems design approach to sustainable development: Embracing the complexity of energy challenges in low-income markets. (Doctoral dissertation, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands). Retrieved from https://systemsdesignapproach.com
A short presentation for non-academic audience
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publications from the authors
COSTA JUNIOR, J., Diehl, J. C., & Secomandi, F. (2019). Towards Systems-Oriented Energy Solutions: A Multilevel Analysis of a Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program in Brazil. Sustainability, 11(20), 5799. doi: 10.3390/su1120579 ★★★
COSTA JUNIOR, J., Diehl, J. C., Snelders, D. (2019). A framework for a systems design approach to complex societal problems. Design Science, 5(e2), 1-32. doi: 10.1017/dsj.2018.16 ★★★
COSTA JUNIOR, J., Diehl, J. C., Secomandi, F.(2018). Educating for a systems design approach to complex societal problems. Journal of Engineering Design, 29(3), 65–86. doi: 10.1080/09544828.2018.1436162 ★★★
COSTA JUNIOR, J., Santos, A. L. R. and Diehl, J. C.(2017). Introducing systems oriented design for complex societal contexts in design engineering education. FORMAkademisk – Special Issue Systemic Design III, 10(1), 1–20. doi: 10.7577/formakademisk.1460
Santos, A. L. R., COSTA JUNIOR, J., and Wauben, L. (2014). Designing products and services for challenging societal contexts. Proceedings of the Relating Systems Thinking & Design Symposium RSD3: Oslo, Norway.
COSTA JUNIOR, J. and Diehl, J. C. (2013). Product-Service Systems design approach for the Base of the Pyramid Markets: Practical Evidence from the Energy Sector in the Brazilian Context. In M. Schaefer, N. Kebir, & D. Philipp (Eds.) Proceeding of the International Conference on Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply, (p. 48–51). Berlin: Technische Universität Berlin.
COSTA JUNIOR, J. (2016). Power to the people. Form Design Magazine – Special Edition Design and Energy, Frankfurt, Germany. n 263 – Jan/Feb 2016, p. 65-67. (Interview)
Santos, A., Sampaio, C. P., Silva, J. S. G., & COSTA JUNIOR, J. (2014). Assessing the use of Product-Service Systems as a strategy to foster sustainability in an emerging context. Product Management & Development, 12(2), 99–113. doi: 10.4322/pmd.2014.012
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