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Sustainability: Home

Welcome to Sustainability LibGuide!

From this guide you will find a wide range of materials about sustainable development.
The tabs of this guide are divided into three levels of sustainability:
individual, organizational and societal.

Some of the scientific articles linked in the guide are licensed and require logging in with Laurea credentials.
You can identify open articles by the OPEN ACCESS label.

From this start page you can find information on sustainable development
training materials and tools, sustainability transition,
critical and systemic thinking, and basic books related to the topic.

We hope you find this guide useful!


CIRCULAR ECONOMY - An applied scholarly journal on circular economy (OPEN ACCESS)

Sustainability is an international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly, peer-reviewed and open access journal of environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability of human beings.(OPEN ACCESS)

Sustainability - the United Nations

Sustainable De­vel­op­ment Solu­tion Net­work North­ern Europe

Sustainability Mindset Indicator

Sustainability Unwrapped podcast series / Hanken School of Economics


Planet Centric Design

  • Planet centric design is a methodology for designing products and services that do not harm the planet.
  • Method & tools

SDG Impact Assessment Tool

  • The SDG Impact Assessment Tool is a free, online resource for research and educational institutions, companies, entrepreneurs, civic organizations, and public agencies to make self-assessments of impacts on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainability Tools / Google

Time for Sustainability Transformation

Sustainability transformations are rapid and broad changes in all societal systems. The goal is to secure ecological sustainability and human wellbeing. We need to change our thinking, practices and policies, ecogically, socially and economically. (Finnish Environment Institute SYKE Policy Brief 2021.)

Articles about sustainability transformations:

Other materials:

Transition Design

Transition Design is an area of design research, practice and study which looks toward design-led societal transition toward more sustainable futures. (Social Design Sydney 2017)


Other materials:

The Transition Design Framework / Transition Design Seminar 2022

Transition Design Special Issue / Kossoff & Irwin 2022

Transition Design Toolbox

Nordic Urban Mobility 2050 Futures Game  / Nordic Innovation

Sustainable Futures Game / Hellon, Creatures-project

Video: Sitra Heräämö: Design as a tool for social change (video starts from 32:50)

Videos by Terry Irwin about transition design

Critical thinking, systems thinking

Articles and books:
Boström, M., Andersson, E., Berg, M., Gustafsson, K., Gustavsson, E., Hysing, E., ... & Öhman, J. 2018. Conditions for transformative learning for sustainable development: A theoretical review and approach. Sustainability, 10(12), 4479.
Lim, M. M., Jørgensen, P. S., & Wyborn, C. A. 2018. Reframing the sustainable development goals to achieve sustainable development in the Anthropocene—a systems approach. Ecology and Society, 23(3).
Whitcomb, C. & al (eds.) Systems Thinking special issue 2022 DOABooks Open Access

Books about sustainability

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