Background and activities

I am Associate Professor at the Department of Design, with a PhD (2013) in design for sustainability.  

Research interests 

Design for sustainability, transition design, participatory design, co-creation, social practices, sustainability transitions, sustainable consumption and production, sustainable urban development, health and welfare.

Ongoing projects

Previous projects

Teaching and supervision

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Pettersen, Ida Nilstad. (2013) Changing Practices: The Role of Design in Supporting the Sustainability of Everyday Life. 2013. ISBN 978-82-471-4361-2.