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Design, power and colonisation: decolonial and antioppressive explorations on three approaches for Designfor Sustainability
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7806-8150
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2019 (English)In: Academy for Design Innovation Management 2019 (ADIM2019), Loughborough University London, 18th - 21st June, 2019, London, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Our contemporary world is organized in a modern/colonial structure. As people,professions and practices engage in cross-country Design for Sustainability (DfS), projectshave the potential of sustaining or changing modern/colonial power structures. In suchproject relations, good intentions in working for sustainability do not directly result inliberation from modern/colonial power structures. In this paper we introduce threeapproaches in DfS that deal with power relations. Using a Freirean (1970) decolonialperspective, we analyse these approaches to see how they can inform DfS towards beingdecolonial and anti-oppressive. We conclude that steering DfS to become decolonial orcolonizing is a relational issue based on the interplay between the designers’ position inthe modern/colonial structure, the design approach chosen, the place and the peopleinvolved in DfS. Hence, a continuous critical reflexive practice is needed in order to preventDfS from becoming yet another colonial tool.

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London, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Design for Sustainability, coloniality, decolonial, power structures, reflexivity
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Design
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design; sustainability; political science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-161779OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-161779DiVA, id: diva2:1340145
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Academy for Design Innovation Management Conference 2019
Available from: 2019-08-02 Created: 2019-08-02 Last updated: 2019-08-06Bibliographically approved

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