Design for a less energy-reliant everyday life

Anneli Selvefors's dissertation, "Design Beyond Interventions – Supporting Less Energy-reliant Activities in the Everyday”, explores how energy conservation can be supported from a design perspective.
Anneli has explored people’s use of energy during everyday activities to understand more about why people may, or may not, prioritize to reduce their energy use during different activities. Additionally, she has evaluated how design can contribute to energy conservation by investigating how the design of an energy feedback system and everyday kitchen appliances such as kettles and toasters, influence energy use in everyday life. The insights gained point to the need of designing artefacts in a way so that they provide preconditions that enable a less energy-reliant everyday life.

Anneli holds a Licentiate of Engineering degree in Human-Technology-Design as well as a Master of Science degree in Industrial Design Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. She became interested in the topic of Design for Sustainability during her undergraduate studies where she had the opportunity to address issues related to energy conservation as part of the Master thesis project, which made her continue exploring this topic as part of her research studies.

In the future Anneli will continue to explore opportunities for addressing sustainability challenges through design. She is already involved in a new research project that is looking at how to design products and services for a circular economy. She also aims to start up additional projects on the topic of Design for Sustainability in collaboration with both academia and industry.

Anneli Selvefors
Design Beyond Interventions – Supporting Less Energy-reliant Activities in the Everyday
Date of dissertation: 29 May 2017
Department of Industrial and Materials Science

Published: Mon 29 May 2017. Modified: Fri 02 Jun 2017