Re-thinking Design, Business and Chemical Engineering

Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint Master's degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Chemical Engineering. Established in 2010, the CS programme brings students from a variety of fields together, to study and work in multidisciplinary teams and create novel sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments. The pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem-based learning, design thinking, blended learning and strong connections to practical outcomes. The graduates of the programme have the endeavour to understand and address systemic phenomena and wicked problems.

From The Test Site. Copyright Creative Sustainability.

CS Blog

Study-life, events, research projects, and more on the CS Blog:

The Test Site projects 2019
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Greetings from The Test Site and year 2019 in a nutshell

The Test Site, a student-led community doing projects in practical sustainability, summarises its eventful year 2019. Text by Mayumi Itoh and Jinook Hwang.
Exploring The Test Site. Copyright Creative Sustainability.
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Suggested readings for starting Creative Sustainability students – and anyone interested in critical and creative exploration on a more sustainable world

Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability: Suggested readings for starting students
CS Thesis work in progress: Growing a leg to my T. Copyright Salla Lahtinen.
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CS Thesis work in progress: Growing a leg to my T

Creative Sustainability design student Salla Lahtinen shares her personal insights about finding one's own interests and developing competencies.
SGT 2019 - Editorial Final Presentation, Exhibited photo by Prithivi Jung Thapa, photography by Luis Alfonso Monje
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Lifelong experiences from Sustainable Global Technologies course: Researching sustainable reconstruction after a natural disaster in Nepal

Course project story by Creative Sustainability Master's students from Sustainable Global Technologies Programme 2019 at Aalto University

Collaborations, networks and alumni stories:

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Research groups and Networks

Research collaborations and networks of the Creative Sustainability Master's Programme

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Creative Sustainability The Test Site with UWAS Innovative Approach to Circular Economy course. © Abigail Garbett

The Test Site

The Test Site is a student-led network of practical sustainability at Aalto University.

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Creative Sustainability Alumni Stories

Where do our graduates work? Where to head after studies?

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Creative Sustainability -alumni Noah Peysson. Kuva: Roope Kiviranta / Aalto-yliopisto
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Alumnus Noah Peysson: ‘I learnt problem solving from the holistic aspect of the Creative Sustainability programme’

The program also helped me develop a more critical perspective on the information and solutions that are given to us.
Creative sustainability students brainstorming
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Creative Sustainability included in Financial Times’ list of best practices for sustainability in business schools

School of Business was included among the best practices for sustainability in teaching and student projects.
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New cooperative project develops problem-based learning in South Asia

A project coordinated by Aalto Global Impact will strengthen the capacity of universities to take hold of global development challenges.
Kuvassa näkyy Elizabeth Miller. Kuva: Roope Kiviranta / Aalto-yliopisto
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Human networks are the key also in developing circular economy

Everyday discussions within the supply chain may create new dynamics and benefit companies that produce new products from waste materials.


Selection of events from Aalto University and Creative Sustainability

Sustainability Science Days 2021 - Destruction & Creativity - May 18-19th, Helsinki and Espoo
Conferences and workshops

Sustainability Science Days 2021: Destruction & creativity

SSD is a two-day conference conference concentrating on radical changes that are indispensable for solutions to the sustainability crisis.
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