Photograph taken in Yokohama (2014)

Corinthias P. M. Sianipar is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Environmental Science & Technology, Kyoto University, Japan. He has long been known as a technologist and an endorser of Appropriate Technology for Sustainable Development. His interests and experties are in technological appropriateness[1] (Socio-Technical Systems, Appropriate Technology, Design Thinking), complex systems analysis (Systems Thinking, QUANTITATIVEW: System Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling, Discrete-Event Simulation, Graph Theory, Interpretative Structural Modeling, Stochastic Optimizations; QUALITATIVEW: Drama Theory, Critical System Heuristics, Serious Games, Soft System Methodology), and life-cycle assessment (Life-Cycle Assessment[2], Social Life-Cycle Assessment, Circular Economy) within the science-to-policy-to-action framework. A versatile scholar trained in both engineering and social science educations, he has more than ten years of experience in delivering systemic and systematic socio-technical solutions for different development contexts. He applies a combination of computational modeling and qualitative analysis to pursue an "adequate fit of innovation" for empoweringW vulnerableW societal groups (communities, organizations, governments, etc.) in developed and developing countries having technical inadequacy, lacking economic resources, suffering environmental constraints, and experiencing social confrontations.

In scholarly communities, he is known as the leader of an international team of collaborators who developed the Design Methodology for Appropriate Technology[3] (DMAT), which is the first completely-dedicated methodology for guiding the design process of Appropriate Technologies. The methodology itself is known for being the first design methodology for humanitarian purposes that formally encode the position of humans as the center of design process, a maxim on which philosophers of design have been calling for years[4]. Before the first release of the DMAT, he also proposed the Seven Pillars of Survivability[5] to address the idea of technological solution for community empowerment purposes, by which he proposed an in-depth three-level classification of technological appropriateness[1] (i.e., basically-appropriate, environmentally-appropriate[6], and socially-appropriate). The seven pillars are distinguished into three tangible (technical, economic, and environmental) and three intangible pillars (cultural, judicial, and political), which are connected by an intermediating pillar (social). Later, the seven pillars become the fundamental understanding of many core principles in the DMAT.

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The list of selected articles is available on his personal homepage.

Selected Books & Chapters[edit | edit source]

The list of selected books & chapters is available on his homepage.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Pin, L.A.; Pennink, B.J.W.; Balsters, H.; Sianipar, C.P.M. (2021). "Technological appropriateness of biomass production in rural settings: Addressing water hyacinths (E. crassipes) problem in Lake Tondano, Indonesia". Technology in Society 66: 101658.
  2. Sianipar, C.P.M.; Dowaki, K. (2014). "Eco-burden in pavement maintenance: Effects from excess traffic growth and overload". Sustainable Cities and Society 12: 31-45.
  3. Sianipar, C.P.M.; Yudoko, G.; Dowaki, K.; Adhiutama, A. (2013). "Design methodology for Appropriate Technology: Engineering as if people mattered". Sustainability 5 (8): 3382-3425.
  4. Goodier, R. (September 21, 2013). "Communities move to the center of the design process in a newly proposed methodology". Engineering for Change. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  5. Sianipar, C.P.M.; Dowaki, K.; Yudoko, G.; Adhiutama, A. (2013). "Seven pillars of survivability: Appropriate Technology with a human face". European Journal of Sustainable Development 2 (4): 1-18.
  6. Sianipar, C.P.M. (2022). "Environmentally-appropriate technology under lack of resources and knowledge: Solar-powered cocoa dryer in rural Nias, Indonesia". Cleaner Engineering and Technology 8: 100494.
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