, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 471–495 | Cite as

From human-centred to human-context centred approach: looking back over ‘the hills’, what has been gained and lost?

  • Lauge Baungaard RasmussenEmail author
Original paper


The cornerstone of the human-centred tradition lies in two notions: socially useful production and human machine symbiosis. However, only the latter became in focus in the successive user-centred design approaches. The paper makes a critical ‘flash-back’ to various human centred design approaches since the 1970s. In addition, it explores the sustainability challenges facing the current situation and suggests that ‘human-centredness’ should be extended to ‘human-context centred’ approach in order to recognize the challenges of the sustainability. Finally, the paper discuss the possibilities to develop and use narrative and modelling simulation methods including both qualitative and quantitative tools in a combined approach to meet the challenges of sustainable development within such a human-context centred approach.


Sustainability Science Contextual Design Sustainable Innovation Revenue Model Educational Challenge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Manufacturing Engineering and ManagementTechnical University of DenmarkLyngbyDenmark

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