Time: Monday 29 September 2014 at 13:00 - 15:00
Teachers: Elina Eriksson () , Daniel Pargman ()
Student groups: CMETE_4, TMETM_META_1, TMETM_METB_1, TMETM_METC_1, TMETM_METD_1, TMMTM_1, TMMTM_2
Social sustainability and ICT
Guest lecturer: Assistant Professor Karin Edvardsson Björnberg, Elisabeth Ekener Petersen, PhD
Content: The lecture gives a brief introduction to the concept of social sustainability and the engineer’s responsibility for (socially) sustainable technological development. The first part of the lecture discusses the idea of a ‘safe and just space for humanity’ presented in Raworth (2012). In the second part of the lecture, tools for including social sustainability aspects into engineering practice, such as social life-cycle assessment, are introduced using examples from ICT.
About: Karin Edvardsson Björnberg is assistant professor of environmental philosophy at the Division of Philosophy (KTH). She specializes in normative issues related to environment and sustainable development. At present, she is the leader of a project focusing on ethical issues in green biotechnology in the Mistra Biotech research programme.
The research of Elisabeth Ekener Petersen is focusing in the social dimension of sustainable development. She was involved in the international process of developing the standard ISO 26000 Social responsibility. She has a PhD in Social Life Cycle Assessment and has conducted several case studies using this methodology. At present she works in a number of projects addressing social impacts in areas such as sustainable cities, vehicle fuels and biotechnology.
Raworth, K. 2012. A safe and just space for humanity: Can we live within the doughnut? Oxfam Dicsussion Papers. Oxfam, UK.
Ekener-Petersen, E. & Moberg, Å. 2013. Potential hot-spots identified by social LCA-part 2: reflections on a study of a complex product. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 18(1): 144-154