Journal article, 2012

This paper takes its standpoint in the hypothesis that awareness of sustainability is the key to create sustainable products, and that this awareness begins already at research level. It describes the development and follow-up of a method for increasing sustainability awareness in sustainable production research. Several activities were carried out to increase the awareness. Firstly) workshops with researchers and industry on sustainability. Secondly) development of measures based on literature and interviews with researchers. Thirdly) monitoring of awareness through concept maps. Progress was evaluated by comparing the awareness of the population when the project started in 2010, and then again in 2011. The results show that the participants had shifted their view from primary emphasizing technology towards a more balanced view of sustainability where social aspects were more often taken into consideration. According to the concept maps methodology, sustainability awareness in the population increased with 25%.

Sustainability Metrics

Sustainability Research

Sustainable Production

Sustainability Awareness

Concept Map


Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Andreas Dagman

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Emma Rex

Chalmers, Centre for Environment and Sustainability (GMV)

Thomas Nyström

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design and Human Factors

Maria Knutson Wedel

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Surface and Microstructure Engineering

Johan Stahre

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Rikard Söderberg

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

International Journal of Sustainable Development

1923-6662 (ISSN)

Vol. 4 11 95-104

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Educational Sciences


Other Engineering and Technologies

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Management

Pedagogical Work

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance


Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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