Household Insect Farming Concept: addressing malnourishment in rural Cambodia 

By Emma Kylvåg, Carina Lindahl, Camilla A. Hansen, Sylvester N.R. Schuster, Moritz K. Böhm, Frederik C.V. Hansen. Students from Design & Innovation MSc at DTU. Project was carried out as part of the course Holistic design of engineering systems and won the 2nd prize in the Grøn Dyst competition of sustainability projects in DTU.

Research question:

  • How can be chronic child malnourishment in Cambodia be tackled in an environmentally responsible, socially acceptable and economically self-sustainable way? 

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Street Food Vendors´ Toolkit: A re-design of the existing street food kiosk prototype – how does the kiosk prototype meet current and future expectations and how can this be implemented? Fall 2014

By Paul Prendergast, Sustainable Design student. Project was part of the Masters programme at Aalborg University Copenhagen.

Research questions:

  • How does the existing prototype fulfil the objectives and indicators as defined in the project Initiative 1?
  • How can the existing feedback from vendors and authorities to the existing prototype effect the re-design?
  • What are the opinions and aspirations of venders and other actors to the current kiosk prototype?


Knowledge Sharing Unit: Prototyping a platform for sharing co-creation experiences across projects, Spring 2014

By Sarah Enoch and Fransiska Oliva Frisesdal, Techno-anthropology students and undertaken as a 4th Semester project from Aalborg University Copenhagen.

Research questions: 

  • How is knowledge shared in the best possible way for InnoAid to gain most value of the experiences?
  • What knowledge should be shared and how?
  • How to facilitate a co-creation process where InnoAid develop the list of criteria and the mock-up of the platform?


Street Food Vendors´ Toolkit: Insights on vendors and consumers recommendations on desired embellishment and advertisement on the street food kiosk, Spring 2014

By Mille Guldbjerg Jensen, Patrick Johansen, Nina Brink Katz and Michelle Cecilie Andersen Fik, Techno-anthropology students and undertaken as a 4th Semester project from Aalborg University Copenhagen.

Research questions:

  • How (and why) does the street food kiosk owners embellish and use advertisement on their kiosk?
  • If the owner of the street food kiosk could choose, then how would he/she embellish and advertise his/her future improved kiosk?
  • How does the costumers of the street food perceive and value the embellishment and advertisement?
  • What type of methods can collect the above mentioned insights during field work in India

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Street Food Vendors´ Toolkit: Development of a Training of Trainers (ToT) ’Manual’ on how to undertake the 3 Interlinked Workshops with the Street Food Vendors, Spring 2014

By Ida Marie Sandvik, Kristine Falk Pedersen and Nanna Finne Skovrup, Techno-anthropology students and undertaken as a Bachelor Thesis from Aalborg University Copenhagen.

Research questions:

  • How can the developed ToT Manual on how to train future trainers in the workshops with the vendors consider the challenges and culture of training and capacity development that will fit the Indian context?
  • What is the best format of a ToT Manual to guide and support the trainers in undertaking workshops where the vendors participate actively and a part of creating their own solutions?

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WASH: Development of a Waste Management System as a Sustainable Solution for Joygopalpur, Spring/Fall 2013

By Lise Fuglsang Vestergaard, Design & Innovation student, a Master Thesis from the Technical University of Copenhagen.

The project objective was to design a sustainable waste collection system for the villages in Joygopalpur, including an integrated awareness campaign.


Street Food Vendors’ Toolkit – Analysis and Synthesis of Baseline Survey, Winter/Spring 2013

By Agnese Carrera and Francesco Serantini, students of the Cooperation, Development and Human Rights Degree at the University of Bologna, Italy. Internship with InnoAid with external support and supervision from European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics, Brussels.

Academic objectives:

  • Characterization of the vendors’ socio-economic group
  • Identification of peculiarities and key elements for social and livelihood development

Project objectives: Support implementing partners in:

  • Improving baseline approach and methodology
  • Building capacity to reach academic standards
  • Developing/bringing forward recommendation for endline survey follow up


BeRA – Design of Product-Service System, Summer/Fall 2013

By Jonas Hjerl Hansen and Anna Nørngaard Løw, Design & Innovation Master students at the Technical University of Denmark, project undertaken as a special course.

How user involving methods, such as design games and staging, can be utilized for designing a sustainable service-system for the rural ambulance in a poor area in India.


Handling of Waste in Rural Sunderbans, West Bengal, India, Spring 2012

By Anita Aagaard Kristensen, Geography and Communication student, a Master Thesis from the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change (ENSPAC), Roskilde University, Denmark.

Research questions:

  • How the targeted rural population handle waste in their everyday lives?
  • What do the targeted rural population consider to be waste?
  • Do the targeted rural population articulate any problems with waste?
  • What cultural and social parameters affect how the targeted rural population handle waste?

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Socio-Economic System for Rural Waste Management in Sunderbans, West Bengal, India, Spring 2012

By Asbjørn Wejdling, student at the Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change at Roskilde University, a Master Thesis in Technological and Socio-Economic Planning.

Research questions:

  • Who should manage which parts of the waste management system? – analysis of the stakeholders/actors at the local scale
  • What are the socio-economic conditions?
  • What is actually possible in relation to local resources – how could the implementation be done (for example using participation)?

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Waste characterization in rural areas with a case study in Sunderbans, West Bengal, India, Spring 2012

By Line Geest Jakobsen, Environmental Engineering student, a Bachelor Thesis from the Technical University of Copenhagen.

Focus areas:

  • Making a waste characterisation case study in Sundarban, West Bengal, India and register the waste management system
  • Investigating which kind of materials is already being recycled and identify potential problems related to waste
  • Collecting waste and characterise them
  • Analysing the data collected and compare the results with other similar case studies.
  • Estimating the total waste produced in the area

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SMOKE – Testing the Sapana Stove, Spring 2012

By Jin Ri Li and Majse Granberg Hansen, Design & Innovation Engineering students, a Bachelor Thesis from the Technical University of Denmark.

Local materials, production and testing of the Sapana Stove in the Kavre district of Nepal.


Street Food Vendors’ Toolkit – Workshop Evaluation and Development in Kolkata, India, Spring 2012

By Lene Jensen and Charlotte Kjersgaard Larsen, Design & Innovation Master students at the Technical University of Denmark. Project undertaken as a combination of 3 Master courses: Holistic Design of Systems, Design of Work Systems and Design in Multicultural Environments.

Focus areas:

  • Evaluation of existing workshops
  • Capacity development of National team in co-creation
  • Dissemination of the hygiene awareness and how hygiene is prioritized for the vendors
  • Recommendations on how to improve the workshops


BeRA – Designing a Sustainable Mobility System for Health Delivery in the Sundarbas, India, Spring 2012

By Chiara Tranelli, Design student at the Politchnico of Milano, a Master Thesis in Product Design for Innovation.

The mission of the project is to help the diffusion of a Sustainable Health Mobility System, for indian emerging contexts based on local resources. Furthermore the diffusion of Know-How and the Promotion of Sustainable production and consumption. Finally to promote the diffusion of a Solar and Man Powered Hybrid Vehicle (Mulo System) as a sustainable alternative to common means of transportation.


BeRA – Transport of Patients in Rural Indian Areas, Spring 2011

By Nikolaj Purup and Philip Fleischer, Mechanical Engineering Bachelor students, a Bachelor thesis at the Technical University of Denmark.

The scope of the project is to design and build an ambulance for eastern rural India, more specifically in the area of Sunderbans.

The aim is the transportation of patients from the site of injury to a health clinic. The vehicle should be able to endure rough terrain and flooded roads, and servicing of the vehicle should be minimized. The maximum distance the ambulance will travel in one go is 25 km, and some of the traveling will be during the night. A typical case, where the ambulance is needed, is for work related injuries, female patients in labor and medical conditions like fever illness’ where the patient is unable to move by him or herself.

The prototype was submitted to the design competition Design that Performs 2011 by Samsung.

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BeRA – Rural Medical Transportation System in Sunderbans, Spring 2011

By  Jesper Vermehren Jensen and Jesper Bøgh Petersen, Design & Innovation Engineering students, a Bachelor Thesis from the Technical University of Denmark

The purpose of our project is to through generating concepts to provide the rural residents of Sunderbans with proper, sustainable means of medical transportation and supporting organizational structures. The concepts are generated with respect to the social, environmental, technological and economical context, as we believe sustainability to be one of the core elements when designing a rural medical transportation system that should be domesticated by populations living in poverty such as the residents of Sunderbans.

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BeRa – Design of Ambulance For Rural Areas of India, Spring 2011

By Carmen Bruno and Marta Alice Fattorossi, Design students at Politecnico of Milan

The goal is to enable safe transportation of patients in Sunderbans from their households to nearest medical clinic both in wet and dry season, day and night.

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BeRA – Design of IndiAmbulance, Fall 2010

By  Liandong Deng, Matthieu Di Russo, Rikke Mørck Lichinger Jessen and Ditte Oh Yung Sook Mikkelsen, Design & Innovation Master students at the Technical University of Denmark in the course Holistic Design

The goal is to enable safe transportation of patients in Sunderbans from their households to nearest medical clinic both in wet and dry season, day and night.

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Street Food Vendors’ Toolkit – Waste management in developing countries – Case study: Street food in Kolkata, Spring 2010

By Alexandra Bonou, Environmental Engineering student in  special course at the Technical University of Denmark

In Calcutta, West Bengal 143.000 street vendors provide low cast food to approximately 7.8 million people. However due to unsanitary conditions and poor food handling practices street food has high rates of contamination and is a major source of health diseases. A prerequisite for improving this informal business sector is to efficiently plan its waste management. Towards this direction, in order make robust suggestions the current solid waste management system and the related practices were investigated. After identifying the relevant stakeholders 5 of the major ones were interviewed and the policies (legislation and planning), practices (collection transportation, treatment and disposal) and subsequent potentials were registered. In a second stage waste sampling was performed to 2 selected central streets of Kolkata for characterisation and quantification purposes. In total 77 food stalls were surveyed. 

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 Vendors’ Toolkit 
, Spring 2010

By Jannie Bøegh‐Petersen and Marie 
Tøstesen, Master students at Copenhagen University, Department of Life Sciences



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Street Food Vendors’ Toolkit – Design of Kiosk for the Vendors in Kolkata, Fall 2009    

By Claus Lundgaard Cramer-Petersen, Rune Fogh, Andreas Aslak Hansen and Steffen Nielsen, Design & Innovation Master students at the Technical University of Denmark in the course Holistic Design

The aim of the project is to design a new way of selling street food with focus on food hygiene, contemporary with the needed surrounding service system. Additionally, innovation of the waste management, the food supply chain and the handling of water is needed.

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SMOKE – Challenging Indoor Air Pollution In Nepal, 2008-2009

By Rikke Premer Petersen and Signe Pedersen, Design & Innovation Engineering students, a Master’s Thesis at the Technical University of Denmark

This project aims at designing the first in a new generation of user-centred emission-reducing stoves aimed at the rural Terai region of Nepal. By promoting wide local use of such a stove we wish to ensure an appreciable challenge of the indoor air pollution problems in this region and create a significant improvement of the life quality of the women using the stove every day and their families.

The objective is to design a solution, which can be implemented within a few years after being fully developed and tested on location. Focus will mainly be on the interaction between user and stove, as we believe a smooth domestication is the key to improving the efforts already being put into developing technically functional solutions. 

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