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Enquires are very welcome from those who are keen to pursue a PhD on a topic linked to one or more of the following areas:

  • Design for sustainability and circular economy
  • Product-Service System design for sustainability
  • Design for socio-technical transitions (transition design)
  • Ecodesign
  • Design for sustainable behaviour
  • Design for energy access in low- and middle-income contexts
  • Design for distributed economies
  • Sustainable business model for distributed manufacturing
  • Design for sustainable social innovation
  • Codesign and participatory approaches
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Design tools and methods

Research supervision

PhD researchers



  • Mr Yuan Long: PhD on reusable packaging systems (on going, main supervisor)
  • Mr Qais Ahmad: PhD on design for behaviour change to tackle food waste (on going, main supervisor)
  • Mr Tamba Konteh: PhD on circular design principles for the metal value chain (on going, main supervisor)
  • Mr Gabriel Mothibedi: PhD on design policy for Botswana (on going, co-supervisor)
  • Ms Young Choo: PhD on new product development in original brand mantufacturer firms (on going, co-supervisor)
  • Ms Hyejin Kwon: PhD on social enterprise ecosystems (on going, Research Development Advisor)

Post-doctoral researchers

  • Dr Alessio Franconi: Circular business model innovation for the metal sector, funded by the UKRI Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Circular Metals (2021-2024) 
  • Dr Aine Petrulaityte: Mainstreaming Gender for Energy Security in Poor Urban Environmentsfunded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Newton Fund through the British Council (2019 - 2022)

Visiting researchers

  • Dr Alessio Franconi: Design for circular economy (2019 - 2020)
  • Mr Ivo Spitilli: PhD "Integrated solutions of Design for All and Ecodesign for product innovation in the kitchen furniture industry", funded by “Programma Operativo Nazionale Ricerca e Innovazione (PON RI 2014/2020) Action I.1– Innovative PhDs with industrial characterization” (2019 - 2020)