Promoting greater equality is an important goal of our research. We call the research “rehabilitation engineering and design”, based on the perspective of the person concerned, and we conduct the research in the context of the life situation in which the person finds him or herself – we usually say that our research is about people, technology, education and design in a society for all.
Our research addresses the UN’s global Sustainable Development Goals to reduce inequality. They emphasize the importance of promoting a society where no one is left out: “ . . . an equal society built upon the principle of equal rights and opportunities for all, regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs, disability, age and other status,” from Agenda 2030’s definition of Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities (Swedish webpage).
Co-creation is a central concept in our research – research that emerges across subject boundaries and together with the people involved in it. In co-creation, new technology and new design concepts are developed with the aim that all people can participate in and contribute to society.
A current research area is universal design, which is about designing a society for all. Universal design has emerged in architecture and design as an effort to reach all people regardless of their conditions. The research is linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and Goal 4: Quality Education, with questions such as, “For whom is the city designed?”, “How can universal design contribute to sustainable urban development?”, “Alternative communication – how does it work?” and “How do we achieve education for all?”
Research in focus
- Safe evacuation at sea
Accounting for representative populations on board.
- Programuppföljning och samverkansstöd
Accessibility design through Universal Design.
- Upphandlingsstöd baserat på universell utformning
Development of concrete tools and methods to include Universal Design in procurements.
- Staden ska funka för alla
How can actors benefit from universal design in the urban development process?
- Insight from experience
Tools for increased understanding of invisible disabilities at the workplace.
- Socially sustainable housing policies for people ageing with disability
Producing a knowledge base supporting participation and active citizenship.
- Right from the start
A project about planning and gradually creating a society based on people's different needs and abilities through Universal Design.
- Towards Inclusive eLearning
Improving Accessibility of eLearning in Higher Education from Universal Design for Learning perspective.
Since Certec was founded in 1987, a large number of research projects have been started, completed and documented. Many in widespread areas, but all with the same goal - to create better conditions for people with disabilities.