P13 EPD: Sustainability in Engineering Product Development

P13 EPD: Sustainability in Engineering Product Development

5.0 credits
Start Date: 19 September 2019

University: Blekinge Institute of Technology, Mälardalen University, Royal Institute of Technology

Target group: PhD Student, Industry

Last day of registration: 30 August 2019
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Societal and industrial activities call for a need to relate research and practice on Engineering Product Development to the pressing issues of sustainable development. In this course, we will address how various sustainability aspects relate to Engineering Product Development and focus on why, how and when sustainability needs to be integrated and implemented in the product development activities.

The course is part 2 of the 20 HEC four-module-PhD course on Engineering Product Development (EPD). Please refer to: The Product Development Academy (PDA), Sweden

Target group

Professionals and PhD candidates who want to increase their knowledge about how various sustainability aspects relate to Engineering Product Development.


MSc in Engineering or similar.

Fee for industrial members

7 500 SEK


The course will include inspirational lectures, literature seminars, and a written assignment. A number of pressing themes relating to Sustainable Development will be addressed and in seminars and writing these will be reflected upon in relation to their criticality for society and connection to the field of Engineering Design and Product Development. The connection to each PhD students own research will also be addressed.

Planned themes are:
1. Sustainable product development & Ecodesign and support tools/methods
2. Social sustainability
3. Circular Economy/Sustainable business models.

In addition, the basics of Sustainable Development will be addressed.

At the end of the course participants are expected to write a course paper where they relate their own research to literature on sustainable product development. The paper shall be presented at the third meeting and each participant must also act as “opponent” of another participant’s paper.


19 September 2019 12.00 - 20 September 2019 12.00

Meeting 1: Course introduction, inspirational lecture, literature discussions, etc.

KTH, Stockholm (Map)

28 November 2019 12.00 - 29 November 2019 12.00

Meeting 2: Literature seminar, inspirational lecture, etc. Preliminary date

MDH, Eskilstuna (Map)

6 February 2020 12.00 - 7 February 2020 12.00

Meeting 3: Presentation/discussion of texts written by the participants, inspirational lecture, etc. Preliminary date

BTH, Karlskrona (Map)


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