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  • 1.
    Bitterman, Michal
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Lopez, Viviana
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Wright, Fiona
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    A Bridge to Peace: Strategic Sustainable Development as an approach to Conflict Resolution2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract: This thesis argues that taking a strategic sustainable development (SSD) approach to conflict resolution in areas of the world in long-term intractable conflict with intermittent violence could support an effective process and lasting outcome. SSD proposes a holistic systems perspective and decision-making framework to address challenges and opportunities at the largest scale, including identifying root causes and drivers of the conflict as well as finding common ground internally and externally. The currently unbalanced dynamics between the two fundaments of sustainability, a robust ecosystem and social fabric, are the basis of deeply unsustainable patterns of behaviour which are often also at the heart of conflicts. Socio-ecological unsustainability can be both a threat, and an opportunity for resolution and social change. The framework offers a proven way of organizing, evaluating and using tools that can aid in dealing with sustainability issues constructively, and evidence is presented to suggest its usage can be extended to conflict issues. This thesis analyzes the links between sustainability, strategic sustainable development and conflict resolution work in the areas of conflict described, and proposes a set of guidelines for approaching conflict resolution with SSD.

  • 2.
    Akireddy, Rajeev
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Zhi, Yuan
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Lyatuu, Evelyne
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    A Facilitating Platform for Energy & Climate Change Programs: a Case within Municipalities in Southeast Sweden2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Focus on municipal level planning has increased in the recent years. Municipal governments are primarily responsible for such planning and they do have the biggest responsibility of driving the entire municipality towards sustainability. In this research project we provide a study on some of the gaps and challenges in the current procedures faced by a few municipalities within Southeast Sweden with respect to Energy and climate change planning and implementation. It was observed that the current engagement practices, communication, and alignment of goals could potentially hinder the municipality from achieving the overall goals of sustainability. Furthermore, a complementing facilitating platform was suggested that would give municipal governments an opportunity to intervene and address some of these gaps and challenges to establish structure and control on activities, towards a sustainable municipality.

  • 3.
    Al-Dahir, Ali
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Bisley, Hye-Jeong Kang and Nicholas
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    A Holistic Approach to Sustainable Community Development in the Developing World2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    There is an overall consensus that the poor governance and corruption plaguing many developing nations are main inhibitors to progress. These inhibitors also lead to the overwhelming feelings of desperation, apathy, and determinism. International development assistance programs utilizing capacity building have been created to deal with sustainable development issues in the developing world. Often these programs are fragmented and address results, not the causes, of problems. This study assesses how existing community development approaches could be aided through a strategic sustainable development perspective. A majority of the research involved creation of a holistic innovative community development approach, which encourages transformational change and effective leadership, and comparison of that to an existing community development approach. Strengths and limitations were observed through this comparison and generic recommendations were created to support current approaches. The study found that existing development assistance strategies are effective at building capacity and helping communities, but encompassing a more holistic perspective could align planning and decision-making with socio-ecological sustainability and thereby support mid- and long-term progress.

  • 4.
    Tew, Mandy
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    A Learning Organization? Evaluating the University of Canterbury's Strategic Transition toward Sustainability2005Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Institutions of higher educations (IHE), particularly universities, have a significant role to play in the global transformation to socio-ecological sustainability. This study focuses on the strategic planning efforts of one university, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand where The Natural Step Framework (TNSF) is being used to develop a pan-University Sustainability Plan. Drawing upon the triple helix model of university-government-industry interactions for knowledge creation, and integrating principles of education for sustainable development into strategic organizational learning and change processes within higher education, this study suggests that advocates for sustainability within IHE can use the TNSF to assess institutional barriers and communicate specific opportunities in order to institutionalize strategic sustainable development and promote socio-ecological innovation.

  • 5.
    Berner, Anita
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Lobo, Sebastian
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Silva, Narayan
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    A Strategic and Transformative Approach to Education for Sustainable Development2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis aims to investigate what strategic guidance can be given to design transformative ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) programs in order to bring about the necessary shift away from our dominating mechanistic and transmissive educational model towards one that is transformative. ESD programs are of high importance when moving towards a more sustainable society, however, a lack of a strategic, full systems approach for planning in the field of complexity can be observed. This gap can be bridged by the use of the FSSD, the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, which is used as a conceptual framework throughout this paper. The field of transformative education was researched by using a mixed-methods approach, revealing what key elements and best practices are present that enable transformation to happen. The Cocoon model presented in this paper is derived from the results and intends to give strategic guidance for program designers on how to create a transformative ESD program. It is a process model that aids program designers to create the space for transformational learning to occur by strategically putting into place the elements that are conducive to transformation.

  • 6.
    Chuvarayan, Alexandra
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Peterson, Celia
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Martel, Isabelle
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    A Strategic Approach for Sustainability and Resilience Planning within Municipalities2005Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This research started by recognizing the role that local, municipal governments can play to reach the global goal of sustainability. In addition,a municipal community must be able to cope with change and disturbance in order to successfully achieve a sustainable future. This research investigates how improving municipal resilience can be a strategy to reach sustainability, and answers the primary research question “How can planning resilience help a municipal government lead a community towards sustainability?” Research was conducted through an inter-disciplinary literature review focusing on identifying key characteristics of resilience.Other methods included diagramming exercises to identify factors which foster or undermine resilience characteristics. Finally, implementable measures where identified which municipalities can implement to improve resilience and sustainability. These measures were selected using a synergy matrix, which helps select measures which most support principles for sustainability and resilience characteristics. The feasibility and current adoption of such measures was checked through interviews with municipal experts of Swedish, Canadian and Finnish municipalities.

  • 7.
    Balaskas, Antonios
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Lima, Eduardo
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Seed, Tyler
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    A Strategic Approach to Sustainable Development through Official Development Assistance2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Adopting a Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) approach to official bilateral development assistance could result in more effective development planning that yields lasting results in developing countries. A Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development Assistance (FSSDA) based on SSD and customised to the needs of a development agency offers guidance in planning for development towards sustainability. This it does by directing donor and recipient planners in generating holistic perspectives, setting the goal of development as an attractive and sustainable society, and providing a flexible decision-making framework to guide strategic planning. Development assistance donor agencies face several difficulties in ensuring aid effectiveness. The FSSDA offers support in addressing these challenges by: positioning the creation of sustainable societies as the fundamental goal of development; allowing progress against imminent sustainability threats while minimizing the risk of unforeseen negative impacts; balancing economic, environmental and social considerations; and providing a fairer basis for aid conditionality.

  • 8.
    Carreño, Sara Flores
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Harel, Tamar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Macario, Carmelina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    A Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) Approach for Executing Vision 20502011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    All levels of society, individuals, businesses and governments, must be involved in order to reverse the unsustainable path that society is currently on. Though much has been written about what needs to be done, there is much less literature on how to do it. This study attempts to start filling this gap. This paper is focused on the Vision 2050 report which acknowledges the role businesses have in moving society towards sustainability. The Vision 2050 report which was released by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development explores the current reality business is facing and the opportunities that are available for them to incorporate sustainability into the mainstream of their business. The study examines how businesses can begin to integrate sustainability into their company’s operations and services, using the report for inspiration and the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development as guidance. A suggested approach is presented in the form of an implementation guide, which can be used by business to help them navigate their organization, collaborate with others and to develop an action plan as they work to integrating sustainability into their operations

  • 9.
    Carey, Méabh
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Harned, Alexandrea
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Stein, Dayna
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Addressing Food Waste as a Contribution to Strategic Sustainable Development within Vancouver, BC2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Currently, the production, distribution and sale of food negatively impacts ecological and social sustainability, undermining the vital systems on which society depends. Global implications are intensified as one-third of the world’s food is wasted. The purpose of this research is to understand the role of food waste mitigation as a strategic stepping stone to further sustainable development in food systems. A pragmatic qualitative approach and the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development were used to analyze this using a systems perspective to identify key focus areas for development. Analysis of the data collected from industry, municipal government and community stakeholders led to the identification of key causes of waste, and drivers of and barriers to food waste reduction. Causal loop diagrams aided in mapping the opportunities for collaboration and potential associated risks between the three aforementioned sectors. Thirteen focus areas were deduced and analyzed using sustainability principles. The interplay of upstream and downstream strategies is discussed in examining ways to pursue focus areas simultaneously to impact the systemic barriers to a sustainable food system including globalized trade, overproduction, and underlying issues of food insecurity. 

  • 10.
    Hidy, Kareisa
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Javanmashmool, Maryam
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Nathe, Nathalie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Addressing the Barriers to Regional Electric Vehicle Projects through Stakeholder Engagement2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The transport sector is making slow progress towards sustainability, particularly given the urgency and scale of the sustainability challenges associated with the sector and the number of solutions that exist. This thesis uses a three-phase research methodology to identify and provide guidance to help address the barriers preventing the expansion of one of the most rapidly growing transportation alternatives: electric vehicles. The engagement of stakeholders can act as a strategic point of intervention to address these barriers and facilitate the regional market introduction of the technology. A process was therefore developed to help project management in the pre-project planning phase to address the key challenges to engagement that are commonly experienced on electric vehicle projects. The process combines a Strategic Sustainable Development approach with Best Practice for Engagement. Information was sourced from literature and interviews with experts in electric vehicles, stakeholder engagement and Strategic Sustainable Development. Initial feedback from testing the process on an electric vehicle project indicates that this guidance is timely and likely to become widely applicable on similar projects in the future.

  • 11.
    Ahmed, Shehzad
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Conradt, Marcos H. K.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Pereira, Valeria De Fusco
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Alternative Fuels for Transportation: A Sustainability Assessment of Technologies within an International Energy Agency Scenario2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Transport sector is an essential driver of economic development and growth, and at the same time, one of the biggest contributors to climate change, responsible for almost a quarter of the global carbon dioxide emissions. The sector is 95 percent dependent on fossil fuels. International Energy Agency (IEA) scenarios present different mixes of fuels to decrease both dependence on fossil fuels and emissions, leading to a more sustainable future. The main alternative fuels proposed in the Blue map scenario, presented in the Energy Technologies Perspective 2008, were hydrogen and second-generation ethanol. An assessment of these fuels was made using the tools SLCA (Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment) and SWOT Analysis. A Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) is the background used to guide the assessment and to help structure the results and conclusions. The results aim to alert the transport sector stakeholders about the sustainability gaps of the scenario, so decisions can be made to lead society towards a sustainable future.

  • 12.
    Colquechambi, Adriana
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Ulu, Gül
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Nakamura, Mari
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Yu, Xiaohui
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    An Exploration of Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) Complemented Transformative Social Innovation (TSI) Tools2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The human social system is facing complex social issues and (new) initiatives coming from different social actors are born to try to tackle these complex social issues. Social innovation is the field where these initiatives function, so it is also a complex field to identify and frame. Thus a new theory, the Transformative Social Innovation Theory (TSI), was developed in order to frame and bring more clarification on the social innovation field to contribute to societal transition and transformation. The five TSI tools were developed from the TSI theory and they are training tools. All the TSI tools aim to (dis)empower the social innovation initiatives, actors and networks in the process of transformative social innovation. Transformative Social Innovation is the process of changes in social relations involving challenging, altering and/or replacing dominant institutions and structures which are considered to be the roots of systemic errors. This study sought to explore the Transformative Social Innovation tools from the perspective of the Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD). In this regard, the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) was adopted as it provides a principle-based and scientifically-proved definition of sustainability as well as a systems thinking approach regarding the complexity of global sustainability challenges. This research project tried to identify the potential contributions of the TSI tools to sustainability and the entry points of the tools where relevant SSD features could complement them so that they can contribute to strategically move the society towards sustainability. A qualitative research approach was selected. The methodology included four research methods, namely document content analysis, interviews, the FSSD analysis and prototyping. The results of this research indicated three main contributions of the TSI tools that could help to strategically move the society towards sustainability. Five entry points where the tools could be complemented with SSD features and a set of add-ins from SSD that could complement the current TSI tools were identified. The add-ins were sent to the TSI theory authors for the expert consultation.

  • 13.
    Azuma, Chieko
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Coletinha, Elvio
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Villoch, Pablo
    An Exploratory Journey into Sustainability Changemakers Learning Programs2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Humanity is facing highly complex challenges at a global scale. A new sort of conscious sustainability changemakers is needed to face the sustainability challenge. However the mainstream entrepreneurship education tends to focus on business as usual skills, with a significant lack of comprehensive understanding of the whole system and the inner work needed to face the mental barriers to become sustainability changemakers. While the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development was used as a structured approach to the topic, the research design was based on a dynamic research interactive model. Theory U guided the data gathering process that included participatory observation, dialogues with the organizers and participants through the seven progressive schools in Europe. The research aims to identify the common assumptions that guide the design of leading edge learning programs for sustainability changemakers. Building on the findings, the authors present a prototype of a learning tool in a form of self-reflection card game with the intention of helping the next generation of changemakers in their learning journey towards sustainability. Conclusions detail specific guidelines to design a learning program of changemakers towards sustainability.

  • 14.
    Davis, Kara
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Öncel, Pinar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Yang, Qingqing
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    An Innovation Approach for Sustainable Product and Product-Service System Development2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis investigates the potential of User-Centered Design (UCD) and Agile to support Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) practice in product and product-service system (PSS) design. UCD tools and concepts are used to support stakeholder and needs research. Agile provides process support for collaboration and resilience. SSD tools and concepts are used to define and work within the system boundaries for sustainability. All three practices are combined in an innovation approach that supports collaborative and cross-functional design teams as they develop products and PSS. Design teams using this approach will work to satisfy the needs of customers while considering the needs of all non-customer stakeholders and the ecosphere. The full-systems context emphasized in the approach will support innovation and encourage design teams to consider services as complements to, or substitutes for, physical products.

  • 15.
    Strongheart, D.H.
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Obison, Florence
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Bordoni, Fabio
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Applying Construal Level Theory to Communication Strategies for Participatory Sustainable Development2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    To the vast majority of people, the terms “sustainability” and “sustainable development” are unfamiliar, and, when they are recognized, there is still a great deal of interpretability as to their significance. Since no consensus exists regarding these terms, communication efforts to promote action and awareness among citizens must invariably “frame” the issue of sustainable development in one way or another. By and large, most communication strategies promote small private-sphere actions relevant to patterns of consumption. While these small actions are helpful, participatory, collective, public-sphere activism towards sustainability is much more potent and desirable. In attempting to engage this type of participatory action, communicators must understand the psychological barriers that are likely to confront their efforts. Communication professionals recognize that one such barrier, that of perceived, or, psychological distance, from issues of non-sustainability is especially pernicious. This paper attempts to apply Construal Level Theory (CLT), which provides “an account of how psychological distance influences individuals’ thoughts and behavior” (Trope et al. 2007) to the design of communication strategies for participatory sustainable development. After providing a thorough review of CLT, the authors examine the many ways that the theory can contribute to the design of communication strategies for participatory sustainable development.

  • 16.
    McElroy, Rachelle
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Orozco, Itzel
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Simard, Renee
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Applying Strategic Sustainability: For Small and Medium Sized Enterprises2006Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are an underutilised sector to disseminating sustainability within communities. Entrepreneurs are action-oriented individuals who enjoy challenges and act upon environmental feedback, making them ideal change agents. However, there is a lack of tools specifically targeted towards SMEs to help them act strategically towards sustainability. In order to support entrepreneurs and motivate them into becoming catalysts for change towards sustainability the research team identified the need to provide them with a customized tool. The tool will be focused towards entrepreneurs interested in starting up new businesses with a core strategy of sustainable development. If the entrepreneur is able to apply sustainability at the beginning of their business venture, it reduces the need for later corrections. The research examines what is needed in a tool to support entrepreneurs and how to encourage them through the conception of adopting sustainable strategies.

  • 17.
    Olivier, Hervé-Bazin
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Carlo, Iacovino
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Hanzi, Ren
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Applying the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development to Water management2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A strategic management of water is integral for any society aiming at moving towards sustainability. This thesis aims to provide a common understanding of how water management should be considered within sustainability constraints, using ‘backcasting’ from basic sustainability principles as a compass. With a common language, a constructive dialogue is then possible to unify all stakeholders to move together towards sustainability. To answer the research question “How can an interaction with water stakeholders be strategically developed to progress toward the service of water in a sustainable society”, a methodology based on Sustainability Life Cycle Assessment, the Template for Sustainable Product Development and Multi-Stakeholder Platforms has been utilised within one domestic and one industrial water user case study in Blekinge, Southern Sweden. In this locality, water is regarded as abundant in volume. Yet it was revealed that what is consumed by society is not water as such; but the purity of water. Within this context, opportunities to move towards sustainability have arisen and the case study organizations were able to utilise improvements in reporting and operations. Economic activity such as new infrastructure, pollutant trading schemes and product accreditation are amongst the many concepts identified as potential steps towards the service of water in a sustainable society.

  • 18.
    Hogenboom, Michaela
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Mireault, Amy
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Stolz, Thaela
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Areas of Inquiry: Guiding FSSD practitioners at the beginning of a change initiative towards sustainability2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This research aims to support sustainability practitioners at the beginning of a change initiative towards sustainability to increase the success of the change. Moving towards sustainability is a complex journey and requires radical and structural transformational change in companies. Mutual understanding of the company and the practitioner is required to design a suitable change process. Existing tools related to sustainability, change management, corporate analysis and assessment were analyzed. In addition, practitioners in organizational change and sustainability were interviewed. Identified were eight Areas of Inquiry for the practitioner to focus on at the initial stage of an engagement: Vision; Purpose and Commitment; Urgency, Importance and Business Case; Level of Integration of Sustainability; Business Goals and Strategy; Culture and Capacities; Communication and Stakeholder Engagement; Measurement and Reporting. These areas form a platform for dialogue to guide sustainability practitioners in gaining understanding of the organizational change capacities and sustainability within the company and, in doing so, contributes to addressing the sustainability challenge at large.

  • 19.
    Isaka, Kiminori
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Makihara, Yurie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Pereda, Samuel
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Barriers and Assets for Sustainability in Japanese Organizations2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In order for Japanese companies to move strategically towards sustainability, it is necessary to identify and understand the national and organizational factors that can hinder or facilitate this organizational shift. Literature reviews, workshops with a Japanese company, questionnaires, and interviews were conducted in order to identify these factors. The results showed that there are many common sustainability barriers between Japan and ‘western’ countries. In addition, there are some Distinctive Cultural Characteristics (DCCs) specific to Japan that have a significant impact on the success of an organization that wants to move towards sustainability. According to the findings, suggestions for sustainability practitioners are provided, which involve understanding the barriers and taking advantage of the DCCs in order to help the Japanese companies to move towards sustainability more effectively.

  • 20.
    Fellner, Michael
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Vierling, James
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Ténart, Juliette
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Barriers and Best Practices to the Use of Public Transportation: A Case Study of the South Baltic Sea Region2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Climate change is a pressing issue caused by the systematic increase of greenhouse gasses (GHG). One way to avoid higher GHG emissions is through an increased use of public transportation, transitioning society away from the personal automobile. Public transportation is more sustainable than the personal automobile as its emissions per person are less and it takes up significantly less space. Sustainability is defined through the principle-based definition of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD).

    This research studied barriers and best practices to the use of public transportation in the South Baltic Sea Region (SBSR), in cooperation with the EU funded InterConnect Project. The research team was able to use the resources of the InterConnect Project for their methods in order to discover perceived barriers and potential best practices and ideas to overcome these barriers through the stakeholder perspective.

    The research team concludes that by addressing the perceived barriers, a first step towards transitioning society within the SBSR towards more sustainable transportation can be done. As transportation is complex and connected to other systems, the need for a systems perspective and a strategic and collaborative approach was identified. This could be achieved through using the FSSD in the SBSR.

  • 21.
    Bechtel, Nicola
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Bojko, Roman
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Völkel, Ronja
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Be in the Loop: Circular Economy & Strategic Sustainable Development2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Current human activities have a significant impact on the socio-ecological system, endangering this system’s capacity to support human civilization and biodiversity. Today’s linear industrial model can be seen as a main driver of this challenge, which implies a need for a model that uses less raw material and is more aligned with the cyclical nature of Earth. A concept that claims to provide such a model is Circular Economy (CE). This study analyses CE for its potential contribution to strategic sustainable development, and explores the barriers and enablers companies face in its implementation process. The main methodologies used for this research include the analysis of the concept by means of a conceptual framework and a Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, as well as interviews with experts in related fields. The research exposed several gaps between CE and strategic sustainable development. The main barriers were found on a technological, legal, economic level, and at the behavioural level, i.e. the difficulty to change mindsets. Leadership, collaboration, the CE concept itself and customer behaviour were identified as important enablers. These results show that the concept is difficult to implement and that there is a need for a refined approach, which is easier to apply while leading closer towards sustainability.

  • 22.
    Guillen, Georgina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Katan, Jennifer
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Xu, Bin
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Behind the Scenes: Media Industry Stakeholders Collaborating Towards Sustainability2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this research is to discover ways that multi-stakeholder platforms for collaboration can be instrumental in the efforts of the media industry to achieve compliance with sustainability. Industries have gained awareness of their responsibilities towards environmental, social and economic welfare, and the media has a powerful role within society. The media industry's behavior is reflected both through its impacts of business operations as well as media products. The premise of this research suggests that an effective platform model fosters interpersonal, stimulating and energizing conversations amongst stakeholders in a neutral and friendly environment. In collaboration with various media stakeholders and showcasing an existing UK-based platform, the Media CSR Forum, and in investigating its structure and membership dynamics, it was possible to gain insight of common challenges for media companies. We identified the potential for platform models to help media companies plan strategically with the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development. Strategic planning for sustainable development can help the media industry to face the challenge that their current contribution to un-sustainability represents and become a key player for sustainable societies.

  • 23.
    Ohlander, Lisa
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Willems, Miranda
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Leistra, Paul
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Damstra, Simon
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Biomimicry Toolbox, a strategic tool for generating sustainable solutions?2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The goal of this thesis is to understand how the Biomimicry Toolbox (BT), a practical tool for applying biomimicry, currently supports strategic thinking in order to create sustainable solutions. A pragmatic qualitative research approach was used, in which the BT was analysed through the lens of the Five Level Framework (5LF), a tool for planning and analysing in complex systems and the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, the application of the 5LF for sustainability endeavours. Interviews were conducted with people experienced with the BT. Results show that the BT has several aspects of strategic thinking. It supports the application of a systems perspective, provides a success goal to move towards and offers tools for a strategic process to follow. The authors conclude that the BT could benefit from including understanding of the patterns and structures of the social system in relation with the earth system. Also, it can benefit from including a section on upstream thinking helping users of the BT consider root causes. Lastly, it could benefit from a strategic approach for evaluating how sustainable solutions are and include a simple and clear prioritisation process. The improvements can make the BT more impactful in supporting societies transition towards sustainability.

  • 24.
    Frankowski, Hyuma
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    McKeown, Kate
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Mulligan, Joel
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Building an International Cycling Community2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    With the increasing population and development of cities, addressing urban transportation is predicted to become a greater challenge. Cycling presents the opportunity to address urban mobility demands without the same degree of environmental, economic and social costs associated with conventional motorized transportation. The intent of this paper is to identify the commonalities and differences between cycling organisations, and what some examples of actions that take advantage of opportunities between these organisations could be. Backcasting from scientifically derived sustainability principles within the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development was used to validate our research topic. Qualitative research proceeded in four phases. Methods included: literature reviews, field visit, interviews, five-level and SWOT analyses, brainstorming and prioritisation. Research found communication and knowledge transfer within and between cycling organisations could be improved, but doing so requires leadership and resources that are usually lacking. Research also found that there is a desire to present cycling in an inspiring way, but there is a lack of expertise in doing so despite the current unprecedented increase in interest, initiatives and resource allocation related to cycling. As cycling gains more support, it will likely encourage a progressive shift throughout the entire transportation sector toward more sustainable development. This ultimately can play a significant role in moving toward a sustainable society.

  • 25.
    Bergman, Jenny
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Knudsen, Cristina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Seely, Kate
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Building Collaborative Relationships for a Sustainable Finance System2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Society today faces unprecedented social and environmental challenges that are both complex in nature and require immediate and severe action. The financial system is a complex system that has an important impact on the sustainable development of society. Currently, however, the role of the finance system in sustainability is ambivalent, as it invests both in the causes of the sustainability challenge as well as its potential solutions. As the finance system is a complex system collaboration is needed to make change possible. Relationships are a key component of collaboration, and this research looks closer at how relationship building can enable effective collaboration aimed at finance systems change. Research draws on Literature, and a case study of the Finance Innovation Lab including 19 qualitative interviews. In order to build collaborative relationships for a sustainable finance system the results point to: 1) the importance of the individual being present in the initiative rather than the organization they represent, and the importance of connecting on personal level; 2) the complexity of relationship building, with different processes and key elements interrelating; and 3) collaborative relationships being only one part of systemic transformation, requiring also a diversity of people and a clear structure and common strategy to be effective in achieving their goals.

  • 26.
    Ebeneku-Anim, Frederick
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Jacobson, Ingrid
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    McRoberts, Margaret
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Munyura, Pierre
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Building Sustainable Urban Communities: Can a common participatory space offer a solution?2005Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Globalization and rapid urbanization in the developing world have been contributing greatly to a current unsustainable reality. In order to move towards a sustainable society, the strength of people working collectively as a community must be recognized and harnessed to begin making changes from the bottom up. This thesis will examine how a common participatory space has the potential to become a community hub, and to foster participatory dialogue, negotiation and decision-making within urban communities of poverty. After examining the current reality, including present development practices, this research strives to find universal elements for a common participatory space where vision building and strategic community action can flourish. This study also examines the processes needed to engage community members in the cultivation, creation and maintenance of a common participatory space.

  • 27.
    Pereira, Julia Toledo Ribeiro
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Dunkerley, Sophie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Nichols, Timothy
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Business Climate Change Adaptation Strategies as Contributions towards a Sustainable Society2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Climate change is happening, presenting threats and opportunities for society as a whole and business in particular. The transition to a low carbon economy as a result of climate change offers opportunities for business; it also represents an opportunity to create a more sustainable society. This paper considers how a business response to the climate change challenge can be used as a leverage to move towards sustainability. The focus is on adaptation strategies adopted to address the threats and opportunities presented by climate change. The tool for strategically planning for adaptation, developed herein, seeks to ensure that measures taken by business to adapt to climate change are also contributions towards a sustainable future.

  • 28.
    Connell, Tamara
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Dubin, Melanie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Szpala, Magdalena
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Carbon Neutrality as Leverage in Transitioning a Financial Organisation Towards Sustainability2006Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Climate change is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time, as it threatens the survival of human civilisation. With the increasing number of initiatives trying to address climate change, it is important to examine how effective they are and what other roles these initiatives can serve in transitioning society towards sustainability. This thesis investigates the role of one such initiative, carbon neutrality, within a strategic approach to sustainable development, based on the case study of the North American Credit Union (NACU). A scientific understanding of climate change and sustainability provide a strict evaluation of the carbon neutrality concept with its benefits and challenges, including the role of carbon offsets. Within this context, recommendations are provided for roles and actions that a financial organisation such as NACU can take in order to set high standards in this new and still evolving market of voluntary carbon offsets, while striving for full sustainability and leadership within the community.

  • 29.
    Nolan, Caroline
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Ostafi, Mary
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Planchenault, Mélina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Catalytic City Planning: Leveraging the Development Planning Process to move a Community Strategically towards Sustainability with Dublin City Case Study2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas putting the city on the frontline of the social and environmental challenge and yet, city planning presents many opportunities to move a city towards sustainability. The city development plan (DP) is a powerful vehicle for change. This research seeks to understand the gaps between an ideal catalytic development planning process and current reality, and provide recommendations to support the attainment of a city’s sustainability objectives. The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) was used to define a generic “Golden Standard” planning process to help the local authority better leverage its internal resources and refine governance systems to achieve long-lasting cultural change from within to accelerate the city’s progression towards sustainability. A case study with the Dublin City Council’s Planning Department in Ireland provided valuable insight and limited practical application of the Golden Standard.

  • 30.
    Genkov, Atanas
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Kudryashova, Alla
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Mo, Tianxiang
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Certification Schemes for Sustainable Buildings: Assessment of BREEAM, LEED and LBC from a Strategic Sustainable Development Perspective2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 31.
    Lindner, Patrick
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Mooij, Cynthia
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Rogers, Heather
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Circular Economy in Cities: A Strategic Approach Towards a Sustainable Society?2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Increasing environmental and social pressure caused by human activity requires action toward a sustainable society. As our population grows and the proportion living in urban areas increases, cities are in a unique position to affect change. This has led to Circular Economy (CE) gaining momentum in municipalities as a tool for their city. Despite this momentum, there is lack of clarity about what CE is, how it can be most effectively implemented, and its relationship to strategic sustainable development (SSD).

    This research synthesized definitions of CE used in the field and investigated 21 cities worldwide to see how their municipalities have implemented CE practices. Using the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD), the implemented actions were critically examined for their strategic contribution toward a sustainable society.

    The findings suggest that CE is defined broadly, and interpreted differently by different users. In some cases, this presents challenges for its strategic use. The CE actions examined are concluded to be within the boundaries of a sustainable society, as defined by the FSSD. Their strategic approach is determined to be largely positive, with some exceptions. Depending on its application, CE is concluded to be a useful, albeit insufficient, tool for municipalities working toward SSD.

  • 32.
    Glukhova, Ekaterina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Cividini, Martina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Erimasita, Silvia
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Closed loop building approach to address sustainability challenge into the future of urban areas2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Global urbanization trends and climate changes result in a significant pressure for a future development of urban areas. The construction industry can play a primary role in addressing some of the challenges, but in order to make it happen, the phases of design, construction, use and deconstructio of a building should meet the criteria of sustainability. The closed loop approach can help the construction industry to move in the right direction. 

    This thesis analysis the closed loop approach to identify its potential contribution in solving the sustainability challenges in urban areas, as well as explores the key aspects helping or hindering the implementation of the approach. The methods used for the research include the framework for strategic sustainable development, case study analysis and interviews with experts in the field.

    The research exposed several gaps in the use of the approach moving towards sustainability, mainly due to the fact that the unique and shared definition of it is missing and neither actions nor tools are suggested for a successful implementation of the approach. Main barriers are related to the material choice, flexibility of the design, communication and legislation aspects, work with supply chain and interaction with stakeholders. Nonetheless most of them are also seen as potential enablers. Recommendations are provided to help overcoming the existing barriers and valorizing the key enablers, but the clear definition of the approach is necessary to exploit potentialitie of the closed loop approach.  

  • 33.
    Mateu, Adrià Garcia i
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Li, Zhe
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Tyson, Petronella
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Co-creating a sustainability strategy in a Product/Service-System value-based network of stakeholders2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis project extends current research on how Product-Service/Systems (PSS) increase the competitiveness of what businesses provide to society. In particular, when the significant stakeholders who create value, structured as a network, are also involved in the co-development of the value proposition. Applying the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD), this study looks at how the early stages of a strategic planning process for sustainability could improve this co-development of PSS. The field research helped to understand the particularities of co-developing PSS and how the planning process could be adapted using the FSSD. As a result, theoretical dimensions, and general guidelines to put these into practice, are recommended in a model. The theoretical dimensions were field tested and refined. It was discovered that when creating the aspirational goals of the network, including other perspectives, in addition to companies and the customer’s, could expand the perception of value available to be provided. To do so is proposed a systematic understanding of the situation, and its socio-ecological context, where the activities of the value-based network of stakeholders are performed.

  • 34.
    Haltrich, Natalie
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Lawton, Ella
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Stack, Geoffrey
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Co-Creating Community with a Needs Based Design Approach to Urban Design and Planning2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The development of the human built environment is an essential component to achieving and maintaining a sustainable society. Much has been done to develop tools, techniques and approaches for creating ‘green’ or ‘sustainable’ neighbourhoods yet they rarely demonstrate the capacity to address the wider socio-ecological requirements for achieving success. This paper studies the current approaches to green design and planning, proposes a new approach called Needs Based Design (NBD), and identifies the gaps that exist between the two. Results indicate that NBD is based on a firm foundation, is widely applicable, and can support and spur regional sustainable development initiatives and positive behaviour change within communities. It fills three major gaps identified in current green design by utilising systems thinking and a shared language and framework, and focusing on the needs of individuals within communities. Concerns exist, however, about its reliance on broad community participation and ongoing education. In theory, NBD allows project teams to implement their work within the context of a strategic sustainable development perspective. Recommended now is practical application and testing.

  • 35.
    Archer, Alice-marie
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Fei, Rong
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Petzel, Rebecca
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Collaboration for Sustainability in a Networked World2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This research explores how the web‘s collaborative potential can be harnessed strategically towards sustainability. With the success of web-scale collaborations such as Wikipedia and Linux in mind, we sought to understand how web-enabled collaborations could be used strategically, particularly to support innovation for sustainability. Building on Peter Gloor of MIT‘s research into collaborative innovation networks (COINs), a framework for collaborative organizational networks supporting innovation, we evaluated COINs‘ strategic potential for sustainability utilizing the framework for strategic sustainable development and the approach of backcasting. We found that COINs can provide a strategic and effective way to work towards sustainability because they harness collective intelligence towards innovation and support distributed working styles. Additionally they provide an organizational framework that supports socially sustainable modes of working. However, COINs can amplify the impact of unsustainable innovations, so a strong systems perspective based on principles of sustainability is required to use COINs strategically. The final product of this research is a set of recommendations for people considering utilizing COINs for sustainability.

  • 36.
    Daniel, Ronny
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Horwitz, Sophia
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    MacPherson, Laura
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Prato, Maurita
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Collaborative Services: Communities Innovating towards Sustainability2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The current global economic system is driving an unsustainable society. The planet has limited resources, and the economic system exists within these limits. To move society towards sustainability, one must consider how to provide necessary services to a growing population while decreasing dependencies on resource consumption. This research aims to show that Collaborative Services offer one solution to communities by providing a platform for sharing and exchange of resources through innovation and participation. Collaborative Services are designed and utilized on a local scale, to meet specific community needs and have been found to provide Social, Natural, Human, Political, Cultural, Built and Financial Community Capital returns on investment. Successful Collaborative Services have certain ‘ingredients’ that guide them which include: leadership and vision, strategies to involve key stakeholders, organizational resilience considerations as well as financial, technical and physical supports for Collaborative Services. This research shows the benefits and ingredients of successful Collaborative Services, in order to promote their emergence and provide support for communities working with Collaborative Services. Using a strategic sustainable development lens this research suggests that Collaborative Services can act as a tool to pull communities towards sustainability.

  • 37.
    Hendry, Daniel
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Silcox, Lawrence
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Yokoyama, Nobuko
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Communicating Sustainability through Design within Retail Environments2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis uses a systematic understanding of sustainability informed by human needs, learning and design theory to explore ways in which small retail environments can effectively communicate sustainability concepts. The envisioned outcome of successfully communicating and implementing sustainability within retail environments is a lasting change in people’s daily behaviors. The methods of literature review, surveys, human needs investigation and professional validation are used to develop a behavioral change model centered on human needs and learning as well as six communication guidelines. The appendix of this thesis contains a user-friendly pocket guidebook titled The Six Guidelines for Sustainable Retail. The guidebook is designed as a quick-reference tool for retailers, designers and employees. It contains principles, visuals and concepts of sustainability for daily communication and comprehension purposes.

  • 38.
    Monteverde, Monique
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Pease, Katie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Thompson, Anthony W.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Community Food Systems: Working towards Sustainability and Satisfying Human Needs2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract: A community food system (CFS) can assist a community in satisfying human needs while also working toward a principle-based understanding of sustainability. Utilizing a whole-systems perspective and the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, we identify generic satisfiers of human needs (as defined by Max-Neef: Subsistence, Participation, Identity, Idleness, Creation, Freedom, Affection, Understanding and Protection) that are affected by a CFS. Then we identify specific leverage points within the community food system that most enhance those generic satisfiers. By implementing strategies developed around those leverage points, a community food system will provide opportunities to meet Human Needs and help a community move toward sustainability. In doing so, the CFS can have a significant ―ripple effect‖ within the community, and on into society, that serves to support movement towards a sustainable future.

  • 39.
    Boldero, Christina
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Paton, William
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Schou, Charlotte
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Community Mapping & Strategic Sustainable Development: Navigating Towards A Sustainable Future2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The world faces sustainability challenges directly attributable to human behaviour, and expected to irreparably degrade the socio-ecological system. Cartography (mapping) is a diverse planning and communicating discipline used for strategic development of global and local solutions to these challenges. Its flexible yet robust technology can generate common understanding of issues and inspire successful solutions. This thesis studied community mapping, specifically how community mapping practitioners (CMPs) can use community mapping tools (CMTs) more effectively for Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD). Data of current SSD strengths of six CMTs was collected using the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) and 13 interviews with practitioners. Thirty-six Key Elements (KEs) of guidance for CMPs to use CMTs were developed. A Compass Model was designed to interlink the KEs, in eight interrelated categories, with the ABCD Strategic Planning Process (ABCD). The results suggest that CMPs using CMTs combined with an SSD approach have the potential to create effective solutions towards sustainability.

  • 40.
    Odeh, Khuloud
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Seckinger, Annita
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Forsman-Knecht, Carina
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Connected Urban Development (CUD) Initiative as an Approach towards Sustainability in Urban Areas2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    With the increasing number of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based initiatives addressing sustainability in urban areas, it is important to examine the possible contributions these initiatives can make when transitioning society as a whole towards sustainability. This thesis investigates CUD‟s potential as a supportive approach to move urban areas towards sustainability, and the adjustment needed in the current strategies for alignment to a goal of global sustainability. This was accomplished by working with CUD Pilot Cities, various experts in urban development, ICT authorities and sustainability researchers. A scientific approach to the understanding of sustainability concepts provides the basis of this evaluation of the CUD initiative, the benefits and challenges, including the role of connectivity and the applicability of ICT. Within this context, recommendations were made to further improve the CUD initiative‟s effectiveness in moving urban areas towards sustainability. An ideal initiative was envisioned in relation to system boundaries and components, strategic guidelines, actions and tools - “CUD Gold” - and steps were suggested for how to make CUD more strategic in its pioneering endeavors of global urban sustainability.

  • 41.
    Davis, Kim
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Shen, Changkun
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Maratea, Aymeric
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Contributing to a Transition towards a Sustainable Society: Education Matters2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This research aims to shed insights and produce supportive tools to help stimulate the design of education programs. First a characterization of opportunities and challenges for education programs is given from a global sustainability standpoint. Second a characterization of what education programs may contain and take into account from a full sustainability standpoint, as an outline of education programs in a desired future at a principle level, is provided to help inspire purpose-led education services organizations. Third an outline of possible tools and strategies to help strategically close the gap between the current unsustainable state and the desired sustainable future is provided. A special focus is put on the Template for Sustainable Product Development (TSPD) process tool, originally used to help industries in their production chain, but here adapted as the “Sustainability Potential” Express Strategic Assessment for Education Programs to benefit education programs stakeholders. The authors also propose a set of three abilities acting in synergy: Creativity, “Knowledge Making” & “Open Values” (CKMOV) that are at the heart of Strategic Sustainable Development and thus may help form three equally vital pillars, which education programs may strategically take support from while helping society transition to a sustainable equilibrium.

  • 42.
    Rosengren, Anna
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Maher Elsayed, Mohamed
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Eklund, Niklas
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Corporate leadership development programs towards sustainability2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    With the increasing level of complexity that leaders face today, represented in the accelerating pace of technology advancement and globalization, along with the climate change indicators reaching unprecedented levels, the need for good leadership quality has become more crucial than ever. The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development provides a systems perspective, a principle-based definition and a way to strategically move towards sustainability, however still there is a need to specify what is required for leaders to lead organizations through this process.

    The aim of the thesis is to explore how corporate leadership development companies can develop the essential leadership competencies to address the sustainability challenge. The study used the Key Competences in Sustainability Framework as a base to interview six leadership development companies from different areas in the world. The findings revealed that there is an essential need for self-development for leaders to handle complexity, as well as the need from leaders to create the proper conditions for their organizations to utilize the competences from the KCSF. Furthermore the results also showcased the need for standard common definition regarding sustainability.

  • 43.
    Grunde, John
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Li, Siqi
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Merl, Robert
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Craft Breweries and Sustainability: Challenges, Solutions, and Positive Impacts2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Currently our society is heading towards the walls of the funnel; the funnel being a metaphor that describes the growing pressures that is acting on society. In order to move society towards sustainability and away from the walls of the funnel, all areas of our society need to move in that direction. Craft breweries being a part of this society need to move, as well. This research uses the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) to assess the sustainability challenges and the positive impacts of a craft brewery, as well as viable solutions to overcome the challenges these breweries face. The data was collected through literature, sustainability reports and a survey. Our research revealed five main challenges and four main positive impacts of a craft brewery; these challenges are energy, water, agriculture, packaging and distribution, and alcohol consumption, while the positive impacts are local connection, local economy, social interaction, and cultural identity. Furthermore, a prototype of a tool was developed to help craft breweries to become more sustainable and could help to move society, as a whole, towards sustainability.

  • 44.
    Stenger, Rebecca
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Thomaes, Tom
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Westphal, Marius
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    CRAFTS: A Compass to Refine and Align Factory Performance towards Sustainability2017Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The manufacturing industry must align business values with sustainability to preserve a healthy socio-ecological environment, that ensures access for future generations to necessary resources. To better understand the interactions between business strategies and facility operations, this research aims to adopt a more holistic perspective of sustainable facility planning processes, applying the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development. By using relevant environmental and social principles, methods, knowledge, and industrial practices, a strategic decision support was developed as a foundation for the manufacturing industry to improve their sustainable performance. This research (1) collected and analysed existing concepts and processes for sustainability in the industry; (2) developed a practical decision support tool; (3) reviewed the design by experts in the field; and (4) redesigned the tool by implementing expert recommendations. Based on the findings, it is crucial for decision makers to embed a strategic and holistic approach when considering facility design options. Therefore, the strategic decision support tool (CRAFTS) enables opportunities for a broader scope of possible improvements within the confines of the manufacturing facility by guiding experts in the field to decide between retrofitting and new construction. CRAFTS supports the industry to refine and align their business strategies and facility operations with sustainability.

  • 45.
    Feldman, Maja
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Kingfisher, Alli
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Sundborg, Cindy
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Cultivating a Food Movement: Slow Food USA’s Role in Moving Society Towards Sustainability2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    With society’s growing population and the earth’s limited resources, the current world food system is unsustainable. Slow Food USA (SFUSA) is an existing food-related Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) focusing on the expansion of Good, Clean, and Fair food. This research aims to help SFUSA to strategically support society’s move towards sustainability. To do this, the authors used the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) to examine the current reality of SFUSA, where the opportunities and challenges for the organization to strategically plan toward sustainability were identified. The authors then used Leverage Points (LPs) to identify opportunities for how SFUSA can strategically intervene in the world food system to create change and the challenges that exist in doing so. The results of this research allowed the team to create a list of recommendations. Of these results, five were picked as the most strategic recommendations for SFUSA: 1) Co-create a shared common vision of sustainable food for society 2) Define a common language and branding among chapters that are in alignment with SFUSA 3) Implement a strategic planning process founded in a principle-based definition of sustainability 4) Expand educational outreach to specific targeted groups at the chapter level 5) Advocate for policy changes to remove barriers to widely available and affordable, sustainably produced agriculture.

  • 46.
    Baan, Christopher
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Long, Phil
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Pearlman, Dana
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Cultivating personal leadership capacities to facilitate collaboration in Strategic Sustainable Development2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The complex, multi-faceted sustainability challenge that society faces calls for a strategic approach to sustainable development. Strategic planning processes towards sustainability in organisations and communities are oftentimes led by a facilitator or facilitative leader. We argue that planning processes of complex and transformational change, call for collaboration among stakeholders and for highly skilled facilitative leaders who are committed to the development of self, others and society. This thesis explores the ‘interior state’ of facilitative leaders as a high leverage point in moving society towards sustainability. We identify nine personal capacities that enable leaders to facilitate collaboration in Strategic Sustainable Development: (1) Being Present, (2) Whole Self-Awareness, (3) Suspension & Letting Go, (4) Compassion, (5) Intention Aligned with Higher Purpose, (6) Whole System Awareness, (7) Personal Power, (8) Sense of Humour, and (9) Holding Dualities and Paradoxes. We identify a range of personal and collective practices that help develop these personal capacities. We propose these capacities are the foundation for a more holistic and authentic facilitation approach applied to strategic sustainable development.

  • 47.
    Michel, Caroline
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Kamalaldin, Anmar
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Sweet, Kelly
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Strategic Sustainable Development.
    Cultivating the Future: Sustainability Education and the International Baccalaureate Programme2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    With an introduction to the Sustainability Challenge and Sustainable Development this paper discusses the role of education as an important strategy in the transition towards sustainability. It argues that Sustainability Education (SE) should be infused into the curricula, especially at the adolescence stage. The research uses the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development as an approach for backcasting from the envisioned future: the ideal secondary school graduate equipped to meet the Sustainability Challenge.By conducting a meta-analysis of literature, the research develops the Criteria for Analysing Sustainability Education (CASE). In terms of Knowledge, it advises developing awareness of Sustainable Development, Economy, Environment and Society. With regard to Skills, it includes Cognitive Thinking Skills, Practical and Functional Skills, and Interpersonal Skills. In relation to Attitudes, it comprises Attitudes about Self and Attitudes about People and Planet.The paper then evaluates the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, using the CASE and interviews with practitioners, with focus on curriculum design of the Middle Years Programme, Diploma Programme, and Learner Profile. It concludes that the IB generally aligns with the criteria for quality SE, but some gaps exist. The paper suggests recommendations that can further improve the IB with regard to SE.

  • 48.
    Courtney, Ashley
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    McShane, Brendan
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Wiles, Ella
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Cultivating the Social Field: Strategically moving Urban Agricultural Projects towards Sustainability2012Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The urban landscape requires a shift to a more self-sufficient, healthy and sustainable future. Urban agricultural (UA) projects are one way to do so. This research explores how low-income UA projects in North America and Europe can be supported strategically in moving towards a sustainable future. The authors analysed UA projects using the 5 Level Framework (5LF) and the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) to understand their current reality and to help determine sustainable advances within UA projects. Leverage Points were also used as a subsidiary analytical tool to help pinpoint effective actions of change. Research resulted in the creation of Strategic Recommendations and guidance for UA projects to help foster a societal shift towards sustainability.

  • 49.
    Yılmaz, Delfin
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Kazbekov, Kirill
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Titiz, Merve
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering.
    Decision Making for Strategic Sustainable Development in Selected Swedish Ecovillages2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Despite of significant role of collective decision making in strategic community development towards sustainability, this area is seen to be generally underestimated by community planners and ecovillage members, comparing with, for example, legal, financial and technological aspects of community life. This study aims to understand how Strategic Sustainable Development (SSD) perspective can contribute to decision making procedures in ecovillages in Sweden. The research examines how decision making procedures work in ecovillages today and to which extent strategic component, viewed through SSD perspective, is currently incorporated. Secondly research explores how SSD perspective could possibly be incorporated into decision making procedures in ecovillages, in order to foster their development towards sustainability. To address this purpose decision making model was created, based on literature review; three ecovillage studies were conducted; and recommendations were offered, based on findings from literature and findings from current experience of selected ecovillages in Sweden.

  • 50.
    Cuginotti, Augusto
    et al.
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Miller, Karen Marie
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Pluijm, Freek van der
    Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
    Design and Decision Making: Backcasting using principles to implement cradle-to-cradle2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Human society is currently designed based on linear patterns, without concern for and interactions with the biosphere. The natural world works in cycles, and in order to interact with these systems in a sustainable way, the redesign of human society according to the paradigm of cyclical thinking is required. This paper explores the synthesis and synergies between the cradle-to-cradle concept and a Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development in the context of sustainable development. The research tests whether Backcasting using Sustainability Principles is supportive to the implementation of the cradle-to-cradle concept and draws on relevant literature as well as interviews with experts. Based upon this research a process tool is designed and tested within a case study. Results indicate that, when backcasting using sustainability principles, principles for design and principles for decision-making provide synergistic characteristics in the process of implementation. Inspiring design principles, such as the ones suggested by the cradle-to-cradle concept, provide powerful engagement for a social learning process that works towards sustainable development. A structured decision-making process based on backcasting using sustainability principles provides the constraints and criteria for robust decision-making along the journey.

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