Design for Global Challenges and Goals charts the developments, opportunities and challenges for design research in addressing global challenges facing developing contexts focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The book explores the role that design and social responsibility play in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how design works in developing contexts. It presents 10 design-led case studies addressing different Sustainable Development Goals ranging from reducing poverty and hunger, improving health and wellbeing, promoting gender equality, developing more sustainable cities and communities, encouraging more responsible consumption and production, and tackling climate change. Design for Global Challenges and Goals also addresses the future, offering foresight into the research in global challenges by identifying the opportunities and emerging trends for researchers.

Providing a guide to the state of the art of design research that addresses the Sustainable Development Goals, this book will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and students who want their research to address global challenges.

part I|60 pages

Global challenge design in context

chapter 1|9 pages


chapter 2|14 pages

The Sustainable Development Goals

chapter 3|12 pages

The role of design

part II|163 pages

Case studies

chapter 6|18 pages

Case study: good health and wellbeing (SDG3)

A little dust-up: co-designing cleaning practices in Ghanaian households to combat antimicrobial resistance

chapter 7|13 pages

Case study: gender equality (SDG5)

Ten stages of women’s mobility in Pakistan and Malaysia

chapter 8|14 pages

Case study: clean water and sanitation (SDG6)

Engaging crisis-affected communities in the design of emergency sanitation facilities

chapter 9|15 pages

Case study: affordable and clean energy (SDG7)

Designing through tensions of ‘and/or’: a case study informing qualitative approaches for designers responding to SDG7

chapter 10|13 pages

Case study: decent work and economic growth (SDG8)

The use of creative product design to generate employment opportunities through materials-driven supply chains

chapter 11|19 pages

Case study: industry, innovation and infrastructure (SDG9)

Designing for dilemmas: a change agenda for infrastructure

chapter 12|15 pages

Case study: reduced inequalities (SDG10)

ImaginAging Malaysia: bringing participatory speculative design to Malaysia’s exploration of healthy ageing in place

chapter 13|13 pages

Case study: sustainable cities and communities (SDG11)

Making safe, sustainable and resilient cities through improved mental health

chapter 14|21 pages

Case study: climate action (SDG13)

CoLaboratory Kitchen 1

chapter 15|20 pages

Case study: peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16)

Revolt in the square: spatial modelling of urban stability in modern cities

part III|15 pages

The future