Professor Tracy Bhamra is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Enterprise) and Professor of Sustainable Design at Loughborough University. The enterprise portfolio is very broad and her responsibilities include growing student and graduate enterprise, enhancing academic knowledge exchange and impact from research, and the growth and development of the University’s Science and Enterprise Park. Prior to taking on this role she was the Dean of Loughborough Design School. In 2003 she established the Sustainable Design Research Group at Loughborough University that undertakes world-leading research in areas such as Design for Sustainable Behaviour, Methods and Tools for Sustainable Design, Design for the Circular Economy and Sustainable Design Education. She has over 200 publications associated with her research and has been awarded over £3.5m of funding for her research from the UK government and research councils and many large industrial organisations. Tracy has supervised over 20 successful PhDs and has acted as an external examiner for MSc, MPhil and PhD theses across the world. Tracy is a member of the International Editorial board for 5 journals including Design Studies, International Journal of Sustainable Engineering and Journal of Design Research. She was a member of the Art and Design panel for the UK Research Excellence Framework in 2014 and will take the same role again in 2021.
Back to the Future….of Design for Sustainability
In the early 1990s researchers began to discuss the contribution that design could make in the move towards sustainable development. These were the roots of Design for Sustainability and over the years the subject has evolved from green design into ecodesign, sustainable design and now design for sustainability. Moving from a technical, single issue focus on disassembly or recycling into the consideration of users and their behaviour as well as wider societal effects. Researchers have explored the move towards product service systems and the benefits for sustainable development, and considered social innovation and the circular economy as contexts for design. This keynote will outline the way in which research into design for sustainability over the last thirty years has changed and developed as our understanding of the complexity of sustainable development has grown. An analysis of ICED conference papers since 1989 is to explore how the subject has moved from being on the fringes to the main focus, as responsible design, in 2019. It will look to the future of the research and explore what is emerging in the field today and how Design for Sustainability will shape and be shaped by the future.