The Circular Product Design workshops series is an initiative coordinated by Dr Ana Mestre, an experienced academic who holds a PhD in Sustainable Design Innovation (from the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands). She is a Aux. Professor at University of Lisbon, visiting Professor at Loughborough University London and former researcher of the UK End Use Energy Demand Excellence Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP), with a mission committed to achieving large-scale reductions (80%) in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 (Climate Change Act – 1990). Ana Mestre is the author of the publication “Circular Product Design Multiple Loops Life Cycle Design Approach” (2017). She is also the founding director of SUSDESIGN – Design for Sustainability Studio and Research with headquarters in Lisbon (PT) and London (UK).
Assisting the Circular Product Design workshops is MSc Rasim Savaskan, who holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Product Design from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. His previous research within TU Delft focused on Slow Cities and sustainable development. He worked as an advisor for the Province of Fryslan, the Netherlands, within the context of its designation as a European Capital of Culture for 2018, and was the author of their ongoing project, Islands of Innovation. Since 2015, he has been working as project coordinator and researcher at SUSDESIGN.
The Circular Product Design teaching and research team’s vision is based on applied research in the fields of design for sustainability and circular product design to empirically support a practical approach and guiding strategies for designers and product developers. Research should consequently support these professionals in designing for low materials consumption and resources efficiency towards a circular economy and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Working closely with government and industry, their research focus is to identify opportunities along the product supply chain to deliver strategies that positively influence the way products are designed, purchased, used and replaced.