Some Aspects of Using Universal Design as a Redesign Strategy for Sustainability

  • Moyen M. Mustaquim
  • Tobias NyströmEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in IS book series (PROIS)


Sustainability is something that unites humankind and the important 2015 UN Climate Change Conference manifested this and was described by many as our last chance. A shifting towards sustainability through design is a challenge for managers and policymakers of organizations since the existing system or product could be complex and may have difficulty to adopt such a shift. This paper explores how organizations and their designers and developers could benefit from having a predictable process to follow for conducting such a shift, since numerous challenges are associated with costs and revenues. While universal design (UD) is a design philosophy closely associated with the sustainable design, an advanced perspective of UD could be implied as a redesign strategy for existing design and may be used as a radical design and innovation strategy for sustainability. In this paper, some of the aspects of UD as a redesign strategy for sustainability are addressed. Based on the previous theoretical frameworks, a UD approach for redesigning towards sustainability was formulated and discussed.


Sustainability Information system design Universal design Universal design for redesign 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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