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Dr Giuseppe Salvia
Senior Lecturer in Design and Innovation Strategy


I am a Senior Lecturer on a research track in Design and Innovation at the Brunel Design School.

Since 2008, I have been developing research in international multi-disciplinary consortia which addressed dynamics of innovation for sustainable production and consumption, especially with respect to how society and technology shape each other.

The main research and teaching topics include:

  • User behaviour and social practices, especially in relation to sustainable innovation through ethnographic approaches;
  • Strategies for improving the social and environmental performance of products-services systems through participatory and collaborative design.

I am interested to partner with my social and technical expertise in projects intended to understand and make a change towards contemporary challenges, most notably including climate change and carbon emission reduction, net zero strategies, energy efficiency and fuel poverty.

Finally, I am author of over 50 publications, organiser of international conference and events, co-founder and member of research networks on repair, invited speaker and reviewer.

You can find more about my publications at:

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My educational background is in Design, specifically Product Design (BSc), Design and Engineering (MSc, full marks cum laude) and Design research (PhD, cum laude). I graduated at the Design School of Politecnico di Milano.

Newest selected publications

Salvia, G., Pluchinotta, I., Tsoulou, I., Moore, G. and Zimmermann, N. (2022) 'Understanding Urban Green Space Usage through Systems Thinking: A Case Study in Thamesmead, London'. Sustainability, 14 (5). pp. 1 - 24.Open Access Link

Journal article

Salvia, G., Morello, E., Rotondo, F., Sangalli, A., Causone, F., Erba, S. and et al. (2020) 'Performance Gap and Occupant Behavior in Building Retrofit: Focus on Dynamics of Change and Continuity in the Practice of Indoor Heating'. Sustainability, 12 (14). pp. 1 - 25.Open Access Link

Journal article

Salvia, G. and Morello, E. (2020) 'Sharing cities and citizens sharing: Perceptions and practices in Milan'. Cities, 98. pp. 1 - 15. ISSN: 0264-2751

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