Background and activities

Associate Professor in transition design at the Department of Design (ID). PhD (2013) in design for sustainability. Deputy Head of Department at ID Trondheim (August 2019-). 

Research interests 

Design for sustainability transitions, social practices, participatory design, sustainable consumption, sustainable urban development, urban natures.

Ongoing projects

Past projects

Teaching and supervision

  • TPD4500 - Design 9, Specialisation Project (course coordinator), TPD4505 - Design Theory, Specialisation Course and TPD4900 - Industrial Design Engineeering, Master's Thesis
  • PhD supervisor

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Ortega Alvarado, Isaac Arturo; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Berker, Thomas. (2020) Alternative consumption: a circular economy beyond the circular business model. PLATE Product Lifetimes And The Environment 2019 – Conference Proceedings.
  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Geirbo, Hanne Cecilie; Johnsrud, Hanne. (2018) The tree as method: co-creating with urban ecosystems. Proceedings of the 15th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Situated Actions, Workshops and Tutorial - Volume 2.
  • Boks, Casparus Burghardus; Lilley, Debra; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2017) The Future of Design for Sustainable Behaviour, Revisited. Sustainability Through Innovation in Product Life Cycle Design.
  • Camacho-Otero, Juana; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Boks, Casper. (2017) Consumer and user acceptance in the circular economy: what are researchers missing?. PLATE: Product Lifetimes And The Environment.
  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2017) Design for endring av praksis. Velferdsteknologi i praksis.
  • Gatherer, Derek; Kuijer, Lenneke; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2016) "By Their [Data] You Will Know Them": Historical Reflections on Capturing Patterns in Everyday Life. Everyday Futures.
  • Valle Kinloch, Roberto; Junghans, Antje; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Verhulst, Elli. (2016) People and Activities in Energy Efficient Buildings: Comparative Study of User, Owner and Facilities Management Perspectives in Schools. Proceedings of the CIB World Building Congress 2016 Volume II Environmental opportunities and challenges, constructing, commitment and acknowledging human experiences.
  • Wade, Faye; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2016) What ideas of users and their lifestyles exist amongst actors involved in the design and delivery of heating technologies?. Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand – A working paper collection.
  • Verhulst, Elli; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2015) Practice-oriented research into energy management and use in non-residential buildings: the reliability gap framework. eceee Summer Study proceedings. eceee 2015 Summer Study First fuel now.
  • Jensen, Charlotte Louise; Wade, Faye; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Kuijer, Lenneke. (2014) How do material objects transcend the boundaries between professional and domestic practices?. Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability – A Thinking Note Collection.
  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2014) Service Innovation and Welfare Technology for Sustainable Home Medication: Insights from Social Practice Theory. Proceedings of DRS 2014: Design's big debates. Design Research Society Biennal international conference 16-19 June 2014.


  • Wensaas, Kristina ebbing; Pettersen, Ida Nilstad; Smørdal, Ole. (2020) The case study “Framtidsbilder Trondheim sentrum 2050”. Universitetet i Oslo. 2020.
  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2013) Changing Practices: The Role of Design in Supporting the Sustainability of Everyday Life. 2013. ISBN 978-82-471-4361-2.