Sustaining human health: A requirements engineering perspective

Meira Levy, Eduard C. Groen, Kuldar Taveter, Daniel Amyot, Eric Yu, Lin Liu, Ita Richardson, Maria Spichkova, Alexandra Jussli, Sébastien Mosser

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In our current day and age, Earth suffers under the human ecological footprint, which influences our health and well-being. Technological solutions, including software-related ones, may help tackle these concerns for humanity. However, the development of such solutions requires special attention and effort to overcome human, public, and social barriers that might prevent them from being effective. The Requirements Engineering for Well-Being, Aging, and Health (REWBAH) workshop gathering in 2021 focused on addressing the challenge of how Requirements Engineering (RE) knowledge and practices can be applied to the development of information systems that support and promote long-lasting, sustained, and healthier behavior and choices by individuals. An interactive discussion among subject matter experts and practitioners participating in the REWBAH’21 revolved around several questions. In a subsequent qualitative analysis, the emerging themes were arranged in the sustainable-health RE (SusHeRE) framework to describe RE processes that address both sustainability and health goals. In this vision paper, we present our framework, which includes four main SusHeRE goals defined according to the changes in RE that we deem necessary for achieving a positive contribution of RE on sustainability and health. These goals involve improved RE Techniques, Multidisciplinary Expertise, Education Agenda, and Public and Social Ecology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111792
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
StatePublished - Oct 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The contributions of Fraunhofer IESE were funded through the DYNASOS project (grant no. 01 S21104 ) of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) . This publication furthermore has emanated from research supported in part by a grant from Science Foundation Ireland to Lero - the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software under Grant numbers 13/RC/2094 and 13/RC/2094_P2 . This work was also supported by a Discovery grant of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada .

Funding Information:
Ita Richardson is Professor of Software Quality in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems, University of Limerick, a Co-Principal Investigator in Lero – the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Software, and a Principal Investigator in the Aging Research Centre. She publishes and supervises students on research into Connected Health, Global Software Engineering, and Gender issues in STEM. This has been funded by a variety of agencies including SFI, Irish Research Council and European Union. Her collaborators have included Ocuco, Johnson & Johnson, University Hospital Limerick Group and the Irish Health Service Executive.

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© 2023 Elsevier Inc.


  • Health
  • Requirements engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture


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