Project work The aim: −To tackle a sustainability challenge in a developing country setting and provide solution(s) that could be realistically executed. −Research a variety of options, and judge them by the criteria of sustainability, viability and possibility to scale the process up. −Reflect the complexity of sustainability challenges. −Identify and analyse the limitations of the project work The project work will be done in groups of 5 students. The groups are preselected and can be found in Noppa.
Assignment: setting −Target area is a fictional village/suburban area, however close to rural areas. The area and its inhabitants generally lack of general infrastructures, products and services. −energy: lighting with kerosene lamps, cooking with conventional coal/wood stoves. −water and sanitation: water available from collection points, water shortages and contamination common. Overpumping threatening the water sources. No official sewage treatment. −waste: no waste segregation, waste goes to a landfill with a truck. −food: markets are limited, served by small scale farmers and international companies. Access to global markets relies on multinational companies. Local farmers suffer from lack of resources and impacts of climate change (droughts, floods). The four aspects are the themes of the project work, of which one is the core theme of the group.
Assignment:setting Important: 1.The direction of your project work will be highly determined by the area you deside to base your village/suburb. (All projects need to be site-specifically adapted—> base of the sustainability) 2.However, do not get caught on the limitations of the geographic area. For instance, you have identified that in order for your project to succeed you need particular roles (stakeholders/processes) to be filled. You have found in the internet that someone can fill that need, but has a office in India. You can use this as an example, and explain how this particular stakeholder would act in your system.
Assignment Areas needed to be thought/developed 1. Core problem you want to solve? (four themes) 2. The different stakeholders you have to/could involve a. the core stakeholders (technology providers, logistics, finance institutions, access-to-markets) b. auxiliary stakeholders (education?) 3. Economic aspect? −What is the value of this solution to different stakeholders? −How the money will circulate between the stakeholders? −Is a link missing? −Could this solution interest other stakeholders (bring value to them)? Or should we ask, how could this problem/solution interest other stakeholders? −How can the value of the ”product” upgraded? (turn it around, how can the value of the problem be discovered?)
Assignment 1.Develop alternative lighting and cooking solutions (or a holistic electricity system). 2.Provide clean drinking water and sanitation services for the village/suburb. -Technology approach -Service approach 3.Develop a solid waste management system. 4.Develop a system that will enchange agriculture production and access-to- markets. 1.Technology/system approach 2.Wider market approach Remember, you don´t have to solve the entire problem, but the impact should be significant and realistic.
Assignment, step one The group thinks of −The (core)challenge they want to tackle −The location of the project (Country, town, village? However precise the group wants to choose) e.g. group can use a fictional area or a specific town they know −Overall idea of which direction groups wants to go/which options group wants to investigate. −If you have a project of your own, you can suggest it (for instance you can use previous experience from your home country) −The final project work assigment will be defined together with the whole student group and the assistant
Scope of the project work A) The core technology or processes What technology options or processes the group will investigate? −Sustainable in every aspect of sustainability? −Suitable for the local context? Should the technology or process be adapted? B) Economical feasibility Self-sustaining and able to create value for the different stakeholders. −What are the income earning possibilities (different stakeholders?) −Instead of resulting in heavy investing, subsidies and conventional “selling products”, the aim is to determine and develop innovative income earning possibilities. −The initial investment needs must be estimated and included the consideration of the project link to the technology solutions Footer
Scope of the project work c) Auxiliary processes/technologies −What auxiliary components are needed for the project to succeed? −Educational, awareness building mechanism? −Financing mechanisms? −ICT, social media, growdsourcing ? d) Networks What different stakeholders are involved? Who are in the core roles and who auxiliary? −Local groups? Companies?NGOs?( Micro)finance institutions? Governance bodies? Community based organisations? e) Scaling up the project Can the project be scaled to another location, to 1 billion people? Does it need adaptation? The five different aspects are reflected through ideas and suggestions of concrete execution, not just theory. Footer
Scope of the project −The A) Technology or a process and B) Economical feasibility parts provide the core for the project work −The C, D and E components are auxiliary −Depending on the progress of the project work they will be included to the project −The project components are going to be introduced further during brainstorm sessions
Process −Important that the research process is iteration, not a straight forward A->B solution! −The different options considered and the criteria must be presented in the project work. We are curious to learn what options the group was considering, why it rejected/chose some of the options and how it came to the conclusion. −Document the different stages! The solution you provide is only the end result, not the whole project work. e.g if the group randomly selects a technology and develops a system around it without any justification, however good solution, the project work is only half done! Footer
Content and format −Lenght: not determined −Executed with the standard format of the LUT Energy ns/Documents/Guidelines%20for%20Scientific%20Writing.pdf −Front page and table of contents −Chapters (technology, aspects of sustainability, economic consideration, auxiliary projects, networks) −Conclusions and list of reference More specific instructions will be posted as a word-document at Noppa −Reflections and feedback of the project work −General group reflection included at the project work −Workhours used for project work will be documented to the ”Report of time used” excel (at Noppa) −Personal reflection of the individual work, feedback, problems etc to the lecture diary
Seminar presentation −The group will present the project work at seminar presentation day −Other students will evaluate the presentation and the findings −The seminar is obligatory and part of the score of the project work −The seminar date will be announced later Footer
Timetable −Project work is throughout 2nd, 3rd and 4th period −dl at the fourth period −Follow up at the brainstorm sessions during spring 2012 −Seminar presentations will be held in the end of 4th period Evaluation −80% of the whole course score −80 points −40 points to pass
The course personnel −Assistant Liisa Lahti room 6530 Footer