There are different topical interests that can be pursued throughout the programme, via projects and collaborations. You constantly mix up sustainability, innovation, and product-service systems thinking in a Design Thinking way.
Design for Wellbeing
Design for Wellbeing redirects the focus of product development from technology-based development, via needs-based development, to participative product development and innovation. By adapting a multidisciplinary approach, involving health sciences and engineering disciplines, we are able to manage the entire development cycle from an initial understanding of users’ needs to studies of finished products in use. In this thematic area the students get to work in a mode close to health and technology. For example together with County Council of Blekinge for healthcare, or Blekinge Health Arena for health technology and sports. The field is closely related to the Applied Healthcare research field at BTH.
In the advanced engineering track the focus is on frontline technology innovation with a high focus on engineering ideation, creation, analysis and development. Here you might work close to our classic manufacturing industries with their frontline products. Examples being GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, Volvo Construction Equipment, Dynapac Compaction Equipment, and Volvo Trucks to mention some.
In the sustainability track the focus is on the sustainability of solutions and how to develop solutions that are ecologically, economically and socially sustainable, while they still deliver new values. Here you might support the development of new sustainable lighting solutions, as with collaborating partner Auralight, or look at sustainability improvements of products. The Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development is deployed to ensure sustainable solutions
In the innovation track it is all about creating innovation and value and here the focus is on innovation capability; how do you deploy innovation capabilities, train people, manage innovation, drive radical innovation projects while keeping balance with incremental developments. Value creation is at the core, and possibly this can be further developed together with, for example, Volvo Construction Equipment like in their quest for deployment of global innovation coaches to inspire global innovation.