Research areas at the Department of Design Sciences
Learn more about our different research areas on their respective webpages.
Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology carry out research on the interaction between people and their surrounding environment and what this means for the design of technology, technological systems and organizations. This field is often called human-technology systems. This can be about participating in and designing environments for the good of people based on the United Nations’ Global Goals. The research is carried out in workplaces and in other settings where people reside in their daily lives.
Rehabilitation engineering research at Certec is about people, technology, learning and design from a disability perspective. The research is situated starting from the lived disability which means that the research perspective is that of the individual concerned and is carried out in the individual's current life situation. The aim is to design useworthy technology by means of design side by side with the intended users.
Industrial design directs its attention to design and trend management, metacharacteristics — the symbolic values and hidden messages of products — and design methodology, processes, methods and tools.
Innovation Engineering has a broad and interdisciplinary profile of innovation research, which provide explanations, understanding, frameworks methods and tools to tackle grand challenges like the ones related to the UN’s Global Goals. Innovation Engineering study the outcomes and performance of innovation activities, the innovation process (how to get new insights, explore and implement new product and processes), the methods and tools used in the innovation process, as well as development of innovation methods and development of individual innovation skills.
The research at Innovation Engineering can be summarized in the following areas: Business Models, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Innovation.
Product development is the set of activities beginning with the perception of a market opportunity and ending in the production, sale, and delivery of a product which adds value to the intended customer’s life. The research explore areas that may be of help in achieving this. This ranges from areas such as the product development process itself and how best to manage it and come up with innovative solutions to problems, all the way through to virtual and physical technologies that may be of use in accelerating the product development cycle.
Packaging Logistics is about understanding and contributing to the development of processes in packaging design and packaging logistics. The research is applied, socially relevant and takes place in close cooperation with businesses and public actors. Packaging Logistics is part of major multidisciplinary research initiatives in areas such as city logistics, freight transport, retail and e-commerce. The division collaborate with researchers from many other areas, such as business administration, service management, logistics, cultural geography, innovation technology and design.
Research centers and research platforms at Design Sciences
CIRCLE is the Centre for Innovation Research at Lund University which across faculties incubates, coordinates, and practices interdisciplinary innovation research. CIRCLE research aims to understand and explain how innovation can contribute to a good society and tackle societal challenges such as economic crises, climate change or the increased globalization of economic activities. This requires advanced insights into how knowledge is created and diffused in organizations, networks, regions, countries, and globally. The research focuses also on how knowledge is turned into innovations and the societal conditions that promote the creation and diffusion of innovation. CIRCLE's website
eHealth@LU is one of Lund University's thematic collaboration initiatives. eHealth@LU focus on digitalization of health care. The platform is coordinated from Design Sciences, LTH. eHealth@LU's website
Metalund conducts research, education and dissemination of knowledge in the work environment area. The activities include the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University and Occupational and Environmental Medicine South, Region Skåne. Metalund's website