Using the SDGs to nurture connectivity and promote change

Keith Skene, Jackie Malcolm (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The sustainable development goals (SDGs) were introduced by the United Nations in 2016 to replace the millennium development goals. This paper examines the impact of integrating these goals within a design challenge, as part of a level 3 undergraduate degree module. Design Values, Issues and Ethics is an expansive module, aiming to broaden the students’ discipline focus and allow them to expand their learning within a new landscape. This module promoted the utilization of nature-based intelligences to establish solutions to a community’s basic need to survive and thrive. The SDGs were integrated through embedding them as part of a future-building scenario, supported by a series of exercises and seminars. Students were then asked to reflect on how the SDGs had impacted their design process, and to consider ethical and value dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRunning with Scissors
Subtitle of host publication13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
EditorsLouise Valentine, Joanna Bletcher, Leon Cruickshank
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages18
EditionSupplement 1
ISBN (Electronic)9780367330569
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Running with Scissors - Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameDesign Journal
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN (Print)1460-6925


Conference13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • future-building scenario
  • indigenous knowledge
  • Reason Design Process
  • systems theory
  • value-based design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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