Repair Symposium | 18-19 November 2021

Informatics Library | Gaustadalléen 23B, Oslo

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Join us at Fixing for Future – Nordic perspectives on product repair. This first Nordic repair symposium will take place at the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, (UiO). Both a symposium and a transformative repair workshop, Fixing for Future explores the complexities surrounding product repair in a Nordic context. The symposium will be opened by Mette Halskov Hansen, UiO’s Vice-Rector for Climate & the Environment and Cross-Disciplinarity. The symposium is hosted by Jukka Mähönen and Beate Sjåfjell from the Dept. of Private Law and Maja van der Velden from the Dept. of Informatics, both UiO. The venue is provided by one of our project partners, the Science Library of the University of Oslo.

This hybrid digital-physical event is part of two interdisciplinary research projects implemented by the Department of Private Law and the Department of Informatics: Futuring Sustainable Nordic Business Models and Circular Energy for a Sustainable Circular Economy.

Thematically, the symposium is structured around four themes representing the four interacting modes regulating sustainable behaviour, together forming the regulatory ecology of repair.

  • Social Norms and Practices: perspectives by repair practitioners and consumers
  • Laws and Labels: existing and proposed policies and regulation in the Nordics and the EU
  • Markets and Business Models: market and business models for repair.
  • Design and Materials: design for sustainability and repairability

(presentations marked * are digital)

Thursday, November 18
09:30 - 09:40Opening of the symposium with Jukka Mähönen, project leader Futuring Nordics
and Maja van der Velden, project leader Circular Energy
09:40 – 09:45Welcome from Mette Halskov Hansen
Vice-rector for Climate & the Environment and Cross-Disciplinarity of the University of Oslo
09:45 - 10:15Keynote: Resilient repairing at the planetary scale*
Sarah Cornell (Stockholm Resilience Centre)
10:15 - 10:30Short break
Session 1Social Norms and Repair Practices - Session chair: Maja van der Velden
10:30 - 10:45Experiences from white goods repair by professionals and laypeople
Kirsi Laitala and Harald Throne-Holst (Sifo)
10:50 - 11:05Consumer perspectives from Finland*
Angelina Korsunova-Tsaruk (University of Helsinki)
11:10 - 11:25Behavioural Insights into Personal Electronics Repair in Sweden
Mariana Davila Lopez (Lund University)
11:30 - 11:45Community repair in Denmark*
Christen Monberg (Repair Café Denmark)
12:00 - 13:00Break for Lunch
Session 2Laws and Labels - Session chair: Jukka Mähönen
13:00 - 13:15Legal barriers, policy drivers and governance issues for repair
Jessika Richter (Lund University)
13:20 - 13:35Repair: an extended producer responsibility*
Eléonore Maitre-Ekern (University of Oslo)
13:40 - 13:55Repair policies: what can be done at the European, national and local levels?
Carl Dalhammer (Lund University)
Session 3Markets and Business Models - Session chair: Jukka Mähönen
14:15 - 14:30Can designers design sustainable business models?
Svein Gunnar Kjøde (University of Oslo)
14:35 - 14:50Repair in a Nordic consumer electronics company
Camilla Gramstad (Elkjøp)
14:55 - 15:10Through handling, repair and refurbishment we do circular economy in practice*
Andreas Anderholm Pedersen (GIAB Nordics)
15:15 - 15:30 Bergans: Towards a more circular outdoors
Yngvill Ofstad (Bergans)
Panel Discussion - Moderator: Svein Kjøde
15:45 - 16:30Repair and the transition to sustainable business models
Panelists: Jessika Richter (Lund University), Camilla Gramstad (Elkjøp), Yngvill Ofstad (Bergans), Siv Elin Ånestad (Future in Our Hands), Svein Kjøde (University of Oslo)
16:30 - 17:30Reception
Friday, November 19
09:30 - 10:00 Keynote: Repair Across the Multi-level Sustainability Innovation Framework*
Ídil Gaziulusoy (Aalto University)
10:00 - 16:00Transformative Repair workshop with Jürgen Breiter - Drop-in for some hands-on transformative repair and other repair activities.
(3rd-floor Dept. of Informatics - follow the signs)
Session 4Design and Materials - Session chair: Maja van der Velden
10:15 - 10:35Design for Repair / The Collection of Tomorrow
Johannes Flem (Bergans)
10:40 - 10:55Activating the full potential of the Ecodesign Directive to support repair– the role of market surveillance*
Anja Marie Bundgaard (Aalborg University)
11:00 - 11:15Fixing While Fika: Design-Led Repair Projects from Sweden
Nazli Terzioglu-Ozkan (Brunel University London, formerly Linköping University )
11:20 - 11:35Transformative repair
Jürgen Breiter
11:45 - 12:00Closing Words
Beate Sjåfjell and Maja van der Velden