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 2019-2021). 

Research interests 

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

Ongoing projects

Past projects

Teaching and supervision

  • TPD4852 - Experts in Teamwork Village Designing in Urban Natures, TPD4500 - Design 9, Specialisation Project (course coordinator), TPD4505 - Design Theory, Specialisation Course and TPD4900 - Industrial Design Engineering, Master's Thesis
  • PhD supervisor

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • 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.
  • 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.